Iznik-style Samson Bottle
This unusually large Iznik-style bottle is decorated in blue, green and bole red paint with black outlining over a white slip, and is covered in a clear glaze. The bulbous body leads to a profiled shoulder and long neck, with a projecting boss accentuated in red. The body features large curving blue-and-red saz leafs, alternating with leafy branches bearing a rose and rosette.
The ceramics firm Samson, Edmé et Cie was established in Paris in 1845 by Edmé Samson. The firm produced ceramics inspired by, or directly copied from, museum pieces or examples from well-known European factories. Samson ceramics were sometimes signed using a variety of signatures, often stemming from a variation of the letter ‘S’. As with many other Iznik-style wares, this example bears the Arabic equivalent to the letter ‘S’.
The British Museum, London, holds a 16th century Iznik bottle (Accession Number 1878,1230.464) with a near-identical decorative repertoire to this example. As the 16th century bottle was acquired by the British Museum in 1878, it is very likely that it served as the direct inspiration for our bottle.