Hand painted porcelain is beautiful and unique no matter if executed in a factory decorating department, professional studio or small home studio environment, the end result is what really matters. This wonderful tobacco humidor was undoubtedly executed in a home studio but expresses professional design and execution.
The humidor, circa 1915, portrays the portrait of two Monks engaged in conversation. Both are attired in conventional robes and skull caps with the younger of the two wearing a white apron and holding a wooden cask under his left arm. The contents of the cask is probably the subject of their conversation. The background shades from a rich tan to medium brown and the lid contains a molded socket to hold a damp sponge. The humidor measures 5 1/2" across,5 1/4" in height and is artist signed on the base "A Sampey". The manufacturer stamp in green "GDA - France". In 1900 Edgar Abbot became a partner with Gerard and Dufraisseix, formerly GDM, and renamed the company GDA. The company was sold in 1941. There are no cracks, chips, repairs or decoration wear; near mint.