Samson made copies of porcelains from famous manufacturers, and most of the items they copied were originally made only in soft paste. It was common to use the marks of the famous factories when decorating these wares. Samson is highly collectable and in demand today for the quality of their decoration.
Set to the center of the teapot is a cartouche with a verse that says
Happy May You Be
And Long May You Live
To Drink Out of Me"
The teapot is in excellent condition however there is a hairline that shows in the cartouche, Happy May You Be. This doesn't bother me, and shouldn't bother you. This teapot is a collectors treasure. The transfer on the reverse says"
Those Who Love Good Tea
Must Please Remember Me
Be Sure To Allow The Water To Boil
Then The Tea You Will Not Spoil"
This teapot will appeal to the sophisticated collector of teapots, lustre, and transfer decorated ceramics. This one won't last.
Creamware is the direct descendent of the lead glazed wares of the Middle Ages and was the main product in England between 1760 and 1820 and was exported to every country on the continent. I love the warmth of it and the feel is like nothing else.
The verse reads:
O God my father and my friend
Ever thy blessings to me send
Let me have virtue for my guide
And wisdom always on my side.
Samplers served many purposes in the 19th century. for a child they were a permanent reminder of stitches and patterns. for the young woman they were a means to demonstrate skills in the "gentle" art of needlework and to record family genealogy. For the mature woman they were a useful occupation and a way of creating gifts. Schools for young women prided themselves on the needlework skills they taught. I always think of the Henry James novel The Heiress, where the main character has few other accomplishments, and sits sewing while the man she has spurned pounds on the door.
for the sampler collector this one is a treat.
Berlin woolwork pictures such as this were made in large numbers in the 19th century. Subjects vary enormously and can affect the price. Pictures of birds and dogs are always popular and can cost between $800 and $1,500.
Nailsea glass is characterized by swirls and loopings, usually on a clear ground. This glass was first made in Nailsea England in 1788-1883. I love these whimsies, they were usually made during lunch or after regular work was done. The glassworkers would relax by spending time creating unusual glass objects, colorful canes, darners, hats, paperweights and pipes. Whimsies were usually given to family and friends, and they are highly collectable and sought after.
Nailsea glass is characterized by swirls and loopings, usually on a clear ground. This glass was first made in Nailsea England in 1788-1883.
I love these whimsies, they were usually made during lunch or after regular work was done. The glassworkers would relax by spending time creating unusual glass objects, colorful canes, darners, hats, paperweights and pipes. Whimsies were usually given to family and friends. these are very collectable and sought after.
An interesting thing appears on the bottom of the tray, the name in light blue script E Dule. I think this is the name of the person who commissioned it or who received it as a gift. These are rare in this condition and age. The standish is 9" long.
"When this you see Remember me And keep me in your mind. Let all the world say what they will Speak of me as you find."
The edge of the plate is painted in sepia.
Plates like this are highly prized by collectors and very difficult to find. I have seen this verse on pitchers, mugs and teapots. these items were labor intensive and were made for an upmarket clientele. Frequently given as wedding gifts, birthday gifts and generally tokens of affection.
The making of these plates was a highly specialized art, with many hands and steps involved. The plate was decorated in 19th Century England usually by women and children as there were no labor laws. Children had small hands and could do the intricate decorating and painting involved. The plate displays well and the condition is excellent.