A five-piece French blue and white garniture in the style of delft made by the highly esteemed French company Samson et Cie, in the first quarter of the 20th century. The vases are octagonal, and ribbed. The scene on the vases shows a bird in flight, and butterflies hovering above a flower filled garden. The use of cobalt blue tones from light to dark makes the scene come alive. Three bands of lambrequins decorate the base, the shoulders, and the tops of the three covered vases. The finials of the covered vases are in the traditional lotus bud form derived from Chinese porcelains.
The bottom of the each vase shows the entwined “S” mark of Samson et Cie.
14″ tall x 6.75″ across the widest point x 5.5″ across the base of the covered jars, the open vases measure 9.5″ tall x 4.5″ across the top x 4″ across the base
Excellent (a hint of the pink pottery body shows through the glaze in places).
$2,600 for the five pieces
Background of the Samson Factory
Edme Samson began his career in the late 1830s. In 1845 he opened the ceramics firm Samson, Edmé et Cie at 7, Rue Vendôme (later Rue Béranger) in Paris.
During the 19th and early 20th century Samson’s firm reproduced ceramics in a breadth of styles. The firm exhibited at the International Exposition (1867) and the Exposition Universelle (1889). Today their porcelains are highly valued.
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