An Exceptional Series of 12 Terracotta Eagles

An exceptional series of 12 eagles perched on a tree trunk, originally used as candle lanterns. France, late 19th / early 20th century.

The eagles originate from France, are handmade, individually numbered up to 30 and stamped with the coat of arms of the City of Paris. The red clay out of which the eagles are made, was extracted from the region near to the town of Roussillon in the Vaucluse department. It is noted for the large ochre deposits found in the clay, ranging from yellow and orange to red.

However, the stamp presumably refers to a Parisian origin. Based on its stylistic features, the stamp that can be found on the base of the eagles dates back to 1942. It is not inconceivable that this series was made after an original series dating back to the First French Empire (1804-18015) or the Second French Empire (1852-1870), commissioned by the Paris officials. After all, there is a strong iconographic link between the eagle and both Napoleon I (1769-1821) and Napoleon III (1852-1870) as it featured in their empires’ coat of arms. In addition to that, there has been a tradition of workshops copying porcelain, pottery and ceramics. For example, we can refer to the ceramics firm Samson, Edmé et Cie (commonly known as Samson Ceramics). In all likelihood, this is a commissioned order of which there are only 30 pieces around the world.

Numbers available are: 1/30 - 2/30 - 3/30 - 7/30 - 9/30 - 10/30 -14/30 - 15/30 - 17/30 - 26/30 - 28/30 - 29/30.




Circa 1942


Terracotta Handmade




H 98 x W 43 x D 45 cm


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