This dish by the French ceramist, Edme Samson, is remarkable for its very large size (61.5cm. diameter). The design of an eight-pointed star within a floral medallion as well as the border of twin-palmettes are directly copied from a well-known Safavid dish in the Victoria and Albert Museum (890-1876). The dish is attributed to Kirman, circa 1640-1670.
Many French and European ceramists and glass-makers copied iconic Islamic works of art as early as the early 1860s, see for instance Brocard's glass mosque lamps, Theodore Deck's Iznik dishes or the present example by Samson. A Theodore Deck dish in the Iznik style, copied after another piece attributed to the Masters of the Hyacinths in the Victoria and Albert Museum and dated circa 1865 was sold at Christie's South Kensington, 24 April 2015, lot 435.