Haviland collectors gather for annual conference

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Haviland porcelain and pottery collectors gathered in Oregon earlier this summer for the annual conference of Haviland Collectors International Foundation.

Highlights of the conference included lectures by Nora Travis, author of Evolution of Haviland Design and Martha Louise Swan, author of American Cut and Engraved Glass: The Brilliant Period in Historical Perspective.

Robert Rorex discussed the variations of the early Haviland pattern Meadow Visitors.

Attorney Sharon Green shared her results in researching Haviland patents in the United States, and Adrienne Newell of Kalesse Studio, Portland, conducted a forum on the effective restoration of fine porcelain and dinnerware.

Barton Kramer discussed the ongoing research into the retail suppliers of Haviland to the American public over the last 150 years.

Archivist Wallace J. Tomasini discussed the early Haviland sales catalogs and reference materials compiled by the organization. These Archives are deposited at the University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collections Department, Iowa City, Iowa.

Riccardo Gigli, West Coast Sales Manager for Haviland, displayed the newest designs offered by the company that will be celebrating its 160th anniversary next year.

Collectors’ group. Founded in 1990, Haviland Collectors International Foundation is a nonprofit organization devoted to the study of porcelain and pottery produced by the Haviland families in France and America.

The foundation publishes a quarterly newsletter and has a number of reference materials available. Membership is $30 per year. For information, contact Haviland Collectors International Foundation, P.O. Box 271383, Fort Collins, CO 80527 or visit www.havilandcollectors.com.

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