Riessner, Stellmacher and Kessel Austrian Art Nouveau Vase, C.1899-1900
Spectacular- Austrian porcelain Amphora vase in the high Art Nouveau manner. Produced by the firm directed by Alfred Stellmacher; Riessner, Stellmacher and Kessel (RSt&K), they were the first producers of Amphora. This firm operated in Turn-Teplitz (Trnovany) Bohemia. They executed works of the highest quality standards and received special recognition at World Fairs and Expositions during their years of production. Riessner, Stellmacher and Kessel (RSt&K) were awarded top honors at the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1893, & took the Grand Prize at the 1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair. Combining unusual shapes and striking glazes, this company is recognized as the best in Amphora. Many pieces in the "Amphora School" are practically impossible to produce today and if they could be replicated the cost would be prohibitive. In the Art Nouveau style, of ovoid form, decorated with a hand painted princess wearing a veil and crown with a cross at the top accented by stone jewels & a golden gilt burst. This allegorical design is credited to Nikolaus Kannhauser, who was one of Amphora Pottery's Co.'s head painters. It is titled "Fairy Princess". This is a spectacular example of the work that was produced during this time period. There are so many different sections & styles that blend together magically on this piece. There is gold gilt, raku style gold glaze, green glaze, navy blue, a section of light blue and lavender that almost appears to be tress, black and gold stripes, and the vase is embellished with beautiful stone "jewels". We are proud to offer you this spectacular piece at "Texas Hill Country Treasures". ~Details~ Measurements: 10 34" H 5" W (Measurements are approximate & made to the best of my ability.) ~Markings~ Stamped RStK in red. Made in Austria stamped in red. Amphora 2014/28 imprinted underneath. ~Condition~ Overall excellent condition. No chips, cracks, flea bites. Minor to no wear on the gold along the rim. As with other examples in this style, there are a few pin pricks from the factory firing within some areas of the glaze, but nothing bigger than a pin prick, and they do not detract from the display of this item. There is either a fleck of paint, or a small stone missing in the crown. This appears to be from when it was fired at the factory, and could be changed if one wished, but I have never felt that it detracts from the display of this spectacular piece. Overall excellent condition. ~~For illustrated examples with similar decorative schemes and of differing shapes, see Byron Vreeland: 'Monsters and Maidens, Amphora Pottery of the Art Nouveau Era', Fledermaus Press, 2003, Los Angeles: pp. 64-66
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