This faience charger was produced in France by Samson in the 1870’s. It has a faux Hochst mark painted in gold over the glaze. The style and quality of the painting is identical to other Samson pieces we have had. The charger measures an impressive 13 1/4 inches in diameter and has a depth of 1 1/2 inches. The body of this charger is a tin glazed ceramic ware known as faience. Samson was the great impersonator of many famous porcelain manufacturers in the 19th century. The quality of their decoration was outstanding as you can see from this charger. The border is done with an intricate fish scale design borrowed from the Meissen factory. Every loop in this pattern is painted by hand. The floral display in the center is painted with intricate detail and spectacular color. There is a beautiful bird and a nest with eggs included in the design. Two elaborated coats of arms complete the design which bears a resemblance to some Chinese Export items. This charger is in excellent condition.