This is a beautiful small teapot made by Edmé Samson in Paris some time in the 19th Century. The teapot is in the 'blue scale' style that the Worcester factory made in the 18th Century, and carries a fake Worcester fret mark.

 

I have several items from this maker in this style, please see separate listings.

 

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, Worcester and Derby. The good Samson pieces are now highly collectable in their own right as they rival the quality of the originals.

 

This beautiful teapot is decorated with a blue scale ground and reserves  with fantastic birds in the Sèvres style. The reserves have raised gilt rococo scrolling just like the original items from the 18th Century. There are various small reserves with finely painted bugs. The finial of the teapot cover is a moulded rose. The teapot is marked on the underside with a fake Worcester fret mark.

 

This teapot was made well - Edmé Samson may have copied it all, but they did a fabulous job of it. The porcelain body is clearly 19th Century soft-paste porcelain with a shiny finish. 

 

CONDITION REPORT:  The teapot is in near perfect condition with only a small glaze line in the body (see last picture); this does not go through the porcelain so the pot is good for use. The teapot cover seems a slightly different size on the inside rim; it may originally have been for a coffee pot but it is a proper cover with a whole in it and it covers it well, so it is good for use and looks fine. 

 

Antique 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. 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: 17.5cm (6.85") between handle and spout; 14cm (5.5") high incl. finial; 11cm (4.25") wide.

Edmé Samson teapot, Worcester blue scale style with birds, 19th C

SKU: A-SAM01
£325Price
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