Pair of ormolu mounted Samson porcelain Chinoiserie vases

By Samson et Cie (French, 1845-1969)


The elegant vases showcase the blend of both Eastern and Western design styles and the influence of Chinese craftsmanship on European art.


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This very fine pair of vases was crafted by the French firm of Samson et Cie in the late 19th century.

The delicate porcelain body of both vases is decorated with blue ground colour. Several white porcelain panels around the circumference of the pieces are filled with famille verte floral illustrations. A tranquil nature scene filled with orange, red, yellow, and blue flowers amongst greenery further emphasises the Chinese influence on the design of these antiques.

The vases are mounted with ornate ormolu finials. The blue ground porcelain lids are mounted with ormolu flowers as well as fruits and are placed on top of a refined ormolu border surrounding the lip of each piece. The vases are standing on ormolu bases supported by four lion paw feet with acanthus leaf detailing.

The underside is painted with the red Samson mark alongside other blue markings.

Founded in 1845, the Samson et Cie factory of ceramics crafted impressive and high quality imitations of earlier styles. The factory often created pieces inspired by the East, such as the remarkable vases in Mayfair Gallery’s collection.

Showcasing the superb skills of 19th century French craftsmen and celebrating Chinese art, this pair of vases would make an eye-catching addition to both modern and traditional interior spaces.



Literature: A very similar vase of this model appears in F. Slitine, Samson, génie de l'imitation, Paris, 2002, page 43.


Artist / Maker
By Samson et Cie (French, 1845-1969)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Ormolu (Gilt Bronze), Porcelain
Blue, Multi-coloured, White


57 cm / 22.4 inches
24 cm / 9.4 inches


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