"Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." William Morris
A French, 19th century, Samson of Paris, antique accent lamp of beautiful quality. Edmé Samson was born in Paris in 1810 and established the porcelain company of Samson and Co in the 1830’s. In 1845 he opened the company Samson and Son at number 7 Rue Vendome in central Paris. Edmé Samson was succeeded by his son Emile who ran the company until 1913.
The lamp decorated in the early 18th century style of the Chinese imperial Kang Xi reign. The tapering baluster shaped lamp of superb quality, decorated in a Famille Verte palette with four shaped reserves separated by pastel green, stippled bands, painted with flower heads in orange and yellow.
Each reserve delectably painted with Oriental floral subjects. Flowering prunus on old wood with the prunus blossom in pastel orange enamel and lotus flowers and foliage in pastel green and burnt orange enamel. Two large reserves with jade green Linzhi or sacred fungus. The Linzhi represents eternal life and is one of the ten Chinese symbols of longevity.
The Linzhi surrounded by branches of flowering chrysanthemum in pastel orange and mid blue, the subjects including flower buds, moths and butterflies. The lamp seated in the original bronze, matte gold lamp base with a matte gold plated drum shaped lamp cap. The lamp designed for 25w lamp sockets. The lamp shown with a pleated, aquamarine silk shade suggestion.Accent Lamps.
Accent lamps are designed to produce a mood, a look or feel in a room, rather than providing a major source of light in a space. In general, an accent lamp is a relatively small lamp, with usually no more than a maximum height of about 20" / 50cm including the lamp shade. Accent lamps also serve as decorative accents within a room.
Napoléon III - Circa 1870
Overall height (including shade) 19"/48 cm approx
Provenance - Fontanille Collection, Paris
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