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Edmé Samson Porcelain Figure of Piper, Rococo Chelsea style, 19th Century

$865

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This is a beautiful figure of a piper made by Edmé Samson in Paris some time in the 19th Century. The figure is in the style of Chelsea and marked with the Chelsea gold anchor mark. Edmé Samson was founded in Paris in 1845 and specialised in making replacements for valuable items of the French gentry and museums. They became so good at this that they eventually grew out to be the "great imitators" - not necessarily to fool anyone, but more to fill in gaps in collections that had arisen through breakage and wear, and to offer the new French bourgeoisie an affordable way to obtain pieces of top quality. This is how they came to create many items in the style of Sèvres, Meissen, Bow, Chelsea and Derby. The good Samson pieces are now highly collectable in their own right as they rival the quality of the originals. This very charming piper is stood upon a Rococo scroll with flowers at his feet, the remains of a previous bocage behind his back. The bocage has most probably been broken off. Like many porcelain figures of the time, this boy is very finely dressed: colourful pantalons, a long pink coat and a yellow hat. He is wearing a fashionable grey wig with perfect curls and has brown silk stockings on his legs. The figure is in the style of Chelsea with its fresh colours and refined face. These figures were used to adorn the dinner table when dessert was served; groups of figures served to express something about the host, the guests, or to direct the conversation. The figure is marked with a gold anchor mark as it was used by Chelsea on the back of the base. Condition Report: The figure has had several repairs, which are not particularly subtle, yet have been done tastefully so they don't distract from its beauty. Both arms and the head have been broken and have been re-attached, the break hidden under some gold paint. The bocage was broken off and the broken ends have been painted over. A large crack in the base is hidden by some gilt paint doodles. The fingers of the right hand have some old repairs and the very top end of the flute is missing. In spite of these repairs the figure is in bright and clean condition, the expression of the face and the colours unaffected by the restorations. Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. British makers were also known for their experimentation, and sometimes this resulted in technically imperfect results. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account. There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Dimensions: 18.5cm (7.25") tall and 8cm (3.2") wide.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 7.25 in. (18.42 cm)Diameter: 3.2 in. (8.13 cm)
  • Style
    Rococo (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    19th Century
  • Condition
    Repaired: There are various repairs, please see item description for details. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. In bright and clean condition in spite of several repairs, please see item description for details.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: A-SAM07a1stDibs: LU4805122777862

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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