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Edmé Samson et Cie
French

Vase

late 19th century

Porcelain with hand-painted enamels and gilding

14 in. H x 7 in. Dm at widest point (35.6 cm H x 17.8 cm Dm)

$5,000.00

This Iznik-style vase, made by Edmé Samson et Cie, is a fascinating study in the art of replication. The French manufactory, founded in 1845, specialized in ceramics inspired by or, more often, copied from museum pieces or examples of well-known European and Asian wares (among them Sevres, First Period Worcester, and Meissen). This particular vase was modeled after a 16th-century Turkish bottle vase in the collection of the Musée d’Ecouen. Samson’s vase, made in porcelain rather than Iznik pottery’s stonepaste fabric, is nevertheless an excellent remake of the 16th-century original. Decorated with traditional Persian motifs of saz leaves, roses, and tulips, the vase is also filled with playful details such as intentionally sparse gilding around the turquoise area of the neck to mimic the wear of the 16th-century vase, and an Arabic ‘S’ signature.

This Iznik-style vase, made by Edmé Samson et Cie, is a fascinating study in the art of replication. The French manufactory, founded in 1845, specialized in ceramics inspired by or, more often, copied from museum pieces or examples of well-known European and Asian wares (among them Sevres, First Period Worcester, and Meissen). This particular vase was modeled after a 16th-century Turkish bottle vase in the collection of the Musée d’Ecouen. Samson’s vase, made in porcelain rather than Iznik pottery’s stonepaste fabric, is nevertheless an excellent remake of the 16th-century original. Decorated with traditional Persian motifs of saz leaves, roses, and tulips, the vase is also filled with playful details such as intentionally sparse gilding around the turquoise area of the neck to mimic the wear of the 16th-century vase, and an Arabic ‘S’ signature.

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Condition

Very good. Light wear to gilding. Two areas of chipping to red enamels on body, each measuring about 0.7 cm.

For a detailed condition report, please contact us.

Literature

Slitine, Florence and Tamara Préaud. Samson: Génie de l’imitation. Paris: Charles Massin, 2002.

References

Musée d’Ecouen, n°E.Cl.8397

Bonhams London, 30 April 2019, lot 37

Very good. Light wear to gilding. Two areas of chipping to red enamels on body, each measuring about 0.7 cm.

For a detailed condition report, please contact us.

Slitine, Florence and Tamara Préaud. Samson: Génie de l’imitation. Paris: Charles Massin, 2002.

Musée d’Ecouen, n°E.Cl.8397

Bonhams London, 30 April 2019, lot 37

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An essay for this object is forthcoming. Sign up for our email list to be the first to know when this essay is published!

This item ships free to the continental US, and globally for a flat-rate fee of $150.

All objects are packed with utmost care by our team of expert fine art shippers. All items are shipped with parcel insurance.

For more information on our shipping policies, please visit our FAQ Page.

All of our objects look even more stunning in person!

However, in case you are not satisfied with your purchase, we are willing to accept returns.

For more information on our return policies, please visit our FAQ page.

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