What a great find, a French porcelain ink stand by the famous Paris firm of Samson & Company.
Rare and outstanding example of the Lowestoft Pattern with hand decorated enamel pattern often called “Chinese Lowestoft” and heavy gold trim.
Marked on bottom as shown with typical pseudo-oriental style painted symbol and a gold crown. This is from the period 1859—1870 or earlier. This lovely Desk item measures about 4.25 inches diameter with the insert (no lid) and height is about 1.50 inches to top of inkwell.