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Juliet

  • Object:

    Figurine

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Samson & Cie (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed earthenware

  • Credit Line:

    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996

  • Museum number:

    S.977-1996

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This figurine of Juliet, one of a series of Shakespeare characters, was made in Paris by the company of Edmé Samson, a famous copyist of pottery and porcelain. Samson established his factory in Paris in 1845, producing pieces inspired by and copied from the work of famous factories, including Meissen, Sèvres, Chelsea, Derby and all the major factories of England, France and Germany, as well as tin-glazed earthenware or faience. He claimed to mark all pieces with his own double 'S' mark as well as the mark of the original piece, but in many cases his own mark is missing.

Physical description

Figurine of Juliet standing on a rococo-style base decorated with gold lines, wearing a dress with a turquoise bodice with a square-cut neckline, white cuffs and a pink overskirt open to reveal a white underskirt decorated in gold, green and maroon with linear and floral decoration. She is looking to her right, has her right hand outstretched at waist level, and her left hand to her bodice. She wears a white cap.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca.1880 (made)

Artist/maker

Samson & Cie (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Glazed earthenware

Dimensions

Height: 15.1 cm, Width: 5.8 cm approximate maximum width, Width: 5.1 cm of base, Depth: 5.6 cm of base

Descriptive line

Figurine of Juliet, from Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, Samson & Company copy of a Crown Derby figure. French, late 19th century

Materials

Earthenware; Glaze

Techniques

Moulding; Firing (heating); Painting; Glazing (coating)

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Figures & Decorative ceramics; Ceramics

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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