"Samson" Version of Worcester Plate ca. 1890"Samson" Version of Worcester Plate ca. 1890"Samson" Version of Worcester Plate ca. 1890"Samson" Version of Worcester Plate ca. 1890

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and the French porcelain factories in the late 19th century were turning out copies of earl English ceramics such as Worcester and Chelsea.

The most well-known maker was the "Samson" firm, and now most are generically classed with that name, but there were many, with one author noting that there were probably more "fakes" now extant than authentic items.

Now of course, even these continental copies have made it into the realm of the antique, making them collectible in their own right.

This plate is based on a Worcester design of the 18th century (a matching tea cup and saucer are shown in Godden's "Guide to European Porcelain". In addition to the hardness of the body and glaze, this version has raised gilt surrounds where the original would have been flat.

The plate has cartouches with painted birds and insects against a dark blue "scale" background. The back has a copy of the Worcester mark.

French, ca. 1890

Size: Approximately 8 ½" diameter.

Condition: Slight wear to gilding. No chips, cracks or repairs.

Note that I try to be conservative about condition descriptions, carefully noting any flaws. Of course, with antique items, there will be some signs of usage, and/or manufacturing defects. But overall, my customers have always been pleasantly surprised upon receiving their items, and of course, returns are no problem if I happen to miss anything.


"Samson" Version of Worcester Plate ca. 1890


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