This set comprises a dozen octagonal antique porcelain dinner plates and pair of shell-shaped dishes made in late 19th century France.These dishes were made by the French company Samson circa 1870. The plates are decorated with lovely flower motifs, including a gorgeous bouquet in a basket at the center of each dish. The borders have a deep royal blue gold marbling effect. This combination of modern and traditional decoration makes these plates truly unique.
Shell dishes: 9.25 inches diameter, 1.5 inches height
Dinner plates: 8.75 inches diameter, 1 inch height
12 dinner plates and a pair of shell shaped serving dishes: $2,000
Please contact us if you’re interested in purchasing the dinner dishes or the pair of shell shaped serving dishes separately.
Edme Samson In 1845 Edme Samson opened the ceramics firm Samson, Edmé et Cie at 7, Rue Vendôme (later Rue Béranger) in Paris, with the intention of supplying reproductions of ceramics on display in museums and private collections. The factory was moved to Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis in 1864 by Samson’s son, Emile Samson (1837–1913).
During the 19th century, the collectors’ market for antique fine china was considerable, and Samson’s firm reproduced ceramics in a breadth of styles including the faience and maiolica types of Italian pottery, Persian style dishes, Hispano-Moresque pottery (a blending of Islamic and European motifs, produced during the 13th to 15th centuries), plates in the FitzHugh pattern, as well as plates in the manner associated with Bernard Palissy. Also copied by the Samson firm were the early Qing dynasty famille rose and famille verte Chinese porcelains and Imari wares named for the Japanese port where a type of richly decorated porcelain made at Arita was shipped. The firm exhibited at the International Exposition (1867) and the Exposition Universelle (1889).
Today many of the Samson’s pieces are collectors’ items.