A set of three white and gold porcelain swans made originally as sauce boats the inside of each with a gold base richly gilded (the gilt is in perfect mirror-like condition). The golden sauce boat interior and underplate contrast beautifully with the pure white bisque porcelain of the swan. This set was made in the 19th century by the French factory of Samson with apocryphal Dagoty marks.
One can imagine them filled with hot chocolate sauce for pouring over ice cream or any rich dessert. In addition to their use as sauce boats these swans are so decorative that they could be placed on a table or fireplace mantle used simply as decorations.
Larger swan: 9″ long x 7.5″ wide x 5.25″ tall
Pair of smaller swans: 5.8″ long x 5″ wide x 4.75″ tall
$2,800 for the set of three
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 century Samson’s firm reproduced ceramics in a breadth of styles. The firm exhibited at the International Exposition (1867) and the Exposition Universelle (1889). Though they were initially created as reproductions or fakes, Samson’s porcelains have become highly valued in their own right.
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