Antique Samson Ceramic Vase In Turkish Ottoman Iznik Style Islamic Bottle Surahi

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Antique, late 19th century, large ceramic vase in the form of an Islamic water bottle (surahi) in the 16th-century Imperial Turkish Ottoman Iznik style by Samson, Edmé et Cie France.

With bulbous body on a splayed foot, rising to long neck with pronounced torus molding and flaring mouth. decorated in in thickly applied red bole; reciprocating design on body and upper neck looks like teardrop shapes with pointed lobes. It is marked at the base with a hand painted Samson mark with pseudo-Arabic letter equivalent to the letter ‘S’.

Edme ‘Mardoché’ Samson (1810-1891) was the first of his family to open a workshop producing ceramics in Paris in 1845. Working with his son Emile under the name Samson E. Père et Fils Aîné, they participated in the Paris International Exhibition of 1867. The workshop made some wares in Ottoman Iznik style mostly with their own design but on the base of the Iznik pattern including motifs of “saz” leaves, roses, and tulips. Occasionally they copied a very rare Ottoman pieces from important museum collections.

This particular vase was formed after a 16th-century Ottoman Iznik bottle with very rare pattern, in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and was made only in one single piece.

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The Sevres Museum bought pieces of Oriental-style ceramics from the Samsons in 1878-79 and the Victoria and Albert Museum acquired a few after the Paris Great Exhibition of 1889. Emile and his son Léon worked together under the name Samson et Fils until the beginning of the 20th century.

Samson ceramics were signed by various marks, often stemming from a variation of the letter ‘S’. including Iznik-style wares, however this example bears the Arabic equivalent to the letter ‘S’.

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Height: 34.5 cm (13.58 inches).
Width: 18 cm (7.87 inches).

CONDITION: The vase is in good condition, considering its age of more than 100 years, with no cracks, restorations, or repairs. Base with drilled hole since In the early 20th century the bottle was converted into a lamp.

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Ceramics & Porcelain
Antiques (approx100yrs)
19th century
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