Samson, Edme et Cie
幸运飞艇开奖记录app忄加75505One of a set of six Samson Commedia dell'Arte figurines, late 19th century, minor damage.
幸运飞艇开奖记录app忄加75505This set of figurines was produced by the Samson factory in Paris which was established in 1845 by Edmé Samson, a famous copyist of pottery and porcelain. He produced pieces inspired by and copied from the work of famous factories including Chinese export porcelain, Meissen, Sèvres, Chelsea, Derby and all the major factories of England, France and Germany, as well as tin-glazed earthenware or faience. This figurine represents the 'Harlequin' character from the Commedia dell'Arte, the popular improvised comedy which flourished in Italy from the 16th to the 18th centuries and influenced theatre throughout Europe, especially France. Harlequin was the best-known of the comic servant characters and is recognisable by his distinctive chequered costume. Harlequin is said to have inspired the main character in Agatha Christie's novel 'The Mysterious Mr Quinn'. 'Mr Quinn' was one of Christie's favourite characters.
F.A.Miller purchased the set from J.O.Donoghue in May 1881. Introduced to the Property by Agatha Christie Mallowan. Inventory taken just before the house was requisitioned by the American Navy 1942 p66
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Samson, Edme et Cie , potters