A very fine, French, Samson of Paris, antique lamp. The hexagonal lamp beautifully painted in bright, polychrome enamels in Meissen, Chinoiserie style.
The decoration divided into six panels, three panels painted in this style and three panels painted with subjects of oriental flowering trees. The Chinoiserie subjects composed of elegant Chinese figures taking tea, working in a nursery garden and a lady and cockerel. The six panelled shoulder of the lamp painted with flower heads, moths and butterflies, the lamp collar with marbled gilding.
Edmé Samson was born in Paris in 1810 and established the porcelain company of Samson-Edmé et Cie in the 1830’s. He is now considered an outstanding contributor to the art of ceramics.
Chinoiserie decoration was inspired by the Chinese decorative arts being imported into Europe. European decorators began to interpret the Chinese originals with the decoration known for its imaginative fantasy elements.
The lamp decorated in the manner of Johann Gregor Horoldt the principal artist at Meissen in the early 18th century, circa 1720. Horoldt was particularly adept at painting Chinoiserie subjects. His style inspired by oriental originals found in the vast collection of August the Strong, King of Saxony.
The lamp seated in the original, ormolu hexagonal base. The ormolu has been polished over the past 100 plus years and does show signs of enthusiastic care. The lamp in fine condition. The lamp shown with a pleated, deep pink, silk shade suggestion.
Provenance - Fontanille Collection, Paris.
Overall height (including shade) 22.5"/57 cm approx
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