This is a charming frill vase made in the Chelsea style, attributed to Edmé Samson on Paris. 


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.


Frill vases are a thing of the 18th Century and they wonderfully display the mercurial, over-the-top Rococo style. Not only does this vase have ruffles on its body, it has various complex encrusted flowers, and if that wasn't enough, there are beautiful birds on each side. This vase is beautifully made and it was clearly based on a model that Chelsea made in the 18th Century. I have seen it as a potpourri with a lid as well, complete with a fake Chelsea-Derby mark.


This vase seems to also have been passed off as a Chelsea-Derby vase, judging by the three artifically applied patch marks on the underside. However, it clearly is not; the porcelain is different from Derby, the paintwork not as fine as Chelsea, and there is a mysterious "R" imprinted on the underside. It is highly likely that this vase was made by Edmé Samson like the others I have seen, although it can't be proven.


As mentioned above, there is an imprinted "R" on the underside of the vase, and three patch marks which seem artificially applied in order to give the impression that the vase came out of a Derby kiln.


CONDITION REPORT The vase is in good condition but has some repairs; some of the ruffles have been repaired, the rim of the vase has been repaired as well as one of the handles, and there are some losses to the encrusted flowers. The repairs have been done fairly well and do not stand out and the vase will hold water and is still excellent for use as a flower vase.


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. 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. Figures in particular will usually have professional repairs, and they cannot always be discovered if executed well. I often commission repairs myself in order to offer you a figure in fabulous condition. I will always mention any repairs I know of but cannot guarantee that I have seen all repairs that happened at an earlier date.


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Frill vase in Chelsea style attr. to Edmé Samson, 19thC

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