Antique Art Nouveau Amphora Vase with Bees and Landscape - RStK - "Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel" - Turn Teplitz - Bohemia - 1899 - 1905

A lovely piece of Amphora pottery from the years right around the turn of the 19th C into the 20th C. Heady times that saw a blossoming of art and applied arts that still drew on the Victorian passion for the natural world and all its flora and fauna.

This beautiful vase is encircled by a ring of bees, outlined in raised gold enameling with the color of their wings and bodies (white and golden yellow) being filled in by the underlying glaze. The white wings, outlined in gold, stand out against a deep, thickly glazed navy blue background that picks up many undulating reflections in the photographs.

Above the ring of bees, this vase displays a forrest scene highlighted on one side by a ring of gold gilding representing (I think) the sun. The glazes and colors are thick and the surface gilding plays against this depth to great and subtle advantage. Just beautiful.

CONDITION is grand, just what you would wish to find... perhaps the most minor wear to the gilding. This particular mark dates this piece between 1899 and 1905. There are also some impressed numbers, "477" and "6", that don't show completely in the photographs. Measures 5 1/2" tall by approximately 3 1/4" in diameter at it's widest.

This diminutive vase has an extraordinary depth and visual impact. It whispers rather than shouts... draws the viewer powerfully into its intimate little world like all great art.

Item ID: RL-959

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