A large Samson Famille rose planter on a gilt bronze stand. Paris, circa 1890-1900.  Photo Sotheby's

set on an impressive gilt-bronze base, the vase decorated with phoenix birds amongst blossoming peonies and flanked by applied lion-mask handles, the finely cast base with a breche violette inset marble top, Samson mark in red beneath the vase.; 40 cm; 63 cm; 53.5 cm. Estimate 7,000—10,000 USD. Lot Sold 30,000 USD

Sotheby's. 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Ceramics, Silver & Works of Art, 15 Apr 11, New York www.sothebys.com