© Arto Hanciogullari und T. Tsekyi Thür


A former Moderator lamp made of finely painted porcelain, probably manufactured by Samson, Edmé et Cie around 1860-1880. The lamp was converted to kerosene/paraffin operation at some point. For this, the complete Moderator technique had been removed.

Contrary to my habit, I bought the lamp at an auction house whose experts named it as a possible product of the Parisian manufactory Samson, Edmé et Cie. The attribution is therefore not entirely certain.

The porcelain manufactory Samson, Edmé et Cie was founded in Paris in 1845 by Edmé Samson with the aim of producing reproductions of exhibited wares in museums and private collections. During the 19th century, the company produced ceramic reproductions in a wide range of styles, including Italian faiences and majolica, Persian-style plates, Spanish-Moorish style ceramics, etc. The Chinese Famille rose and Famille verte porcelains of the early Qing dynasty and the so-called Imari ware from Japan were also copied by Samson's manufactory. The company continued to produce porcelain and ceramics until 1969 (source: Wikipedia).

The porcelain vase has two very finely painted cartouches, which are additionally decorated with golden decorative lines and ornamentation. A Chinese scene with a pair of fishermen is painted on the front, while a bouquet of flowers can be seen on the back. The gold painting on the top of the neck is quite rubbed.

I completed this charming lamp quite harmoniously with a Kosmos burner and a finely etched ball shade.



Lamp Data

Added by me:
Burner, glass chimney, ball shade and globe holder.

Cleaning and repairs:
No repairs were necessary.

Lamp body:
Former Moderator lamp, converted to kerosene/paraffin operation. Moderator technique completely removed. Base of profiled brass ring, Ø 131 mm.
Porcelain vase, finely painted in two cartouches (in front a Chinese scene with a pair of fishermen; behind a bouquet of flowers). Golden decorative lines, partially rubbed. Upper part of the vase cylindrical, Ø 113 mm.
Lamp body is at the same time a font.

10’’’ Kosmos burner of Hugo Schneider, Leipzig.
Wick knob marked: HS Importe d'Allemagne. Sheet iron insert.
Flat wick 52 mm.

Glass chimney:
10’’’ Kosmos chimney. Height 250 mm, Ø fitter 39 mm.
Marked: Cristal Supérieur Made in France 10''' + crown in garland.

Shade and shade holder:
Ball shade, colourless glass, frosted, deep-etched flowers, 2 brass rings. Without slip fitter.
Height 152 mm, Ø bottom opening 55 and bulge 161 mm.
70 mm globe holder for 10’’’ burners.

Lamp dimensions:
Height up to collar 21.8 cm, total height with chimney 50.1 cm.
Total weight 1970 g.