In the 19th Century, Americans looked to Europe if they wanted fine china. When importer David Haviland was unable to satisfy his customers’ demands for embellished china from European manufacturers, American ingenuity came into play.
Haviland built his own factory in Limoges, France, turning out fine china with artistic flourishes to satisfy his U.S. customers – including President Rutherford B. Hayes and his wife Lucy.
|Hayes White House china, made by Haviland.|
The Hayes Presidential Center gathers an impressive collection of some of the earliest examples of Haviland China (1865-1895) for display in its newest exhibit, “The Gilded Age of Haviland China.” The exhibit, created in partnership with regional Haviland collectors, opens May 15 and continues through Sept. 16. Title sponsor for the exhibit is the Randolph J. & Estelle M. Dorn Foundation.
Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 seniors age 60 and older, and $3 for children ages 6 to 12.
For more information, call 800-998-PRES. The Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. Visit www.rbhayes.org for a complete list of year-round special events.