- Linda Whiteley
American family of ceramics decorators and manufacturers and collectors, active in France. They were of English Quaker origin, established in America since 1642. In 1838 David Haviland (1814–79), six of whose seven brothers were in the porcelain trade, formed an importation and retail business, D. G. & D. Haviland, with his brother Daniel (b 1799). In 1852 Robert Haviland joined the company, which became Haviland Brothers & Co. In 1840 David went to France, settling there in 1841, with the intention of improving the range of porcelain imported by the company by selecting it personally. In 1847 he opened a porcelain-decorating workshop, and in 1855 began porcelain production. He was helped in this by the French manufacturer Pillivuyt. In 1864 a new company, Haviland & Co. was founded by David together with his elder son Charles (b New York, 1839; d Limoges, 1921). His younger son ...