Pair of Samson porcelain models of dogs

By Samson et Cie (French, 1845-1969)


This sweet pair of porcelain models of Bolognese Hounds charm with their adorable appearance and add a touch of playfulness to an interior.


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This wonderful pair of porcelain dogs is crafted by Samson et Cie, the renowned French manufactory of ceramics. The firm specialised in the production of very high-quality copies of porcelain pieces made by renowned manufactories such as Meissen.

In a seated position, the design of each model portrays the plush and voluminous texture of fur found on Bolognese Hounds. Mostly white, each canine model features brown markings painted on to imitate the texture of fur. The artists at Samson ensured details such as claws and whiskers were also skilfully painted on the white porcelain. Their eyes are depicted wide open as if fixated on whatever is in front of them. The two designs complement each other.

The design is inspired by one created in 1769 by Johann Joachim Kändler (German, 1706-1775) for the Meissen manufactory. This proved to be a very desirable model and continued to be produced for the next few centuries.

The reverse of each figure is painted with the Samson Meissen mark which is used on pieces inspired by those produced by the German porcelain manufactory.  

Very well crafted and of a sweet design, this pair is a desirable addition to the collection of anyone with a love for dogs.

Larger model: Height 22cm, width 30cm, depth 12cm
Smaller model: Height 19cm, width 30cm, depth 12cm


Artist / Maker
By Samson et Cie (French, 1845-1969)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Animal / Animalier
Brown, White


22 cm / 8.7 inches
30 cm / 11.8 inches
12 cm / 4.7 inches


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