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French Paris Samson Cat Figurine Holder w Applied Flowers c 1890
This is a French Samson hard paste porcelain cat figurine dating to the end of the 19th century, circa 1890.
Samson is a Paris company who made copies of significant works produced by other porcelain and faience makers in other regions. This object is a copy of a German or French piece, either Meissen or Sevres, as they are the porcelain companies that created the porcelain flowers applied to decorative porcelain objects. It looks more German to me, so my instinct is the figurine was produced based on an earlier German production from the late 18th century to the first part of the 19th century.
The figurine is 5" high, 4 ¾" long and 3" wide. It is glazed white. The cat is standing on two hind legs with the front paws on top of a footed bowl, peering inside. The footed bowl has applied porcelain flowers, blue with yellow middles. There is a blue ribbon tied into a bow at the back of the cat's neck.
There are a few tiny pinprick nicks on the applied flowers. Facing the cat, the ear on the left has a glaze flake at the top, and I show it in a close-up photo; it is difficult to see in a photo. There are no other flaws, chips, cracks or crazing. There are a few marks in the glaze due to the firing process.
The blue underglaze mark is a S with a blue line through it. There is the number 39 handwritten on the bottom of one paw.
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