This is a wonderful pair of French hand painted porcelain figurines by Edme Samson. Born in Paris in 1810, Edme Samson began his own ceramic works and specialized in copying the finer works of most famous English and European porcelain manufacturers. His works have become sought after in their own right because of their excellence.
This gorgeous pair of brocade figurines, circa 1890, after Chelsea 18th century, gold mark period, portrays a gentleman playing a type of bag pipe instrument and the lady clutching a basket of flowers. Both are mounted on detailed scrolled bases and each have a huge multi-colored floral bush behind them. The attention to detail as well as the pallet of colors are spectacular. The figurines measure 4 1/2" in height and are marked with a faux Chelsea gold mark. As can me expected there are some chips and nicks to the leaf tips and flowers; probably five or six in total (see last several photos). I detect no other damages to to the figurines. Prices accordingly.