Auction 22

Lot 207 – French Porcelain Armorial Jewel Casket.:

French Porcelain Armorial Jewel Casket.

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Start price: $40

Estimated price: $80 - $120

Auction house commission: 20%

Possibly Edmé Samson et Cie, Second Half Nineteenth Century. The cover painted in enamels with a Continental armorial flanked by lion and horse supporters, surrounded by bianco-sopra-bianco scrolls and flowers in green and red enamels, the sides with matching flowers and scrolls, within gilt spearhead borders, painted in iron-red enamel "France/ Handpainted" above a pseudo Chinese seal mark
. 4.25 x 2.75 x 2 inches. Lid mount is loose.

Literature: The firm Edme Samson et Cie was well-known for producing well-executed copies of eighteenth century porcelain and pottery from all the well known European factories, as well as Chinese export porcelain. A discussion, with illustrations of similar pseudo seal marks, is in Florence Slitine, "Samson genie de l’imitation, " p. 182.