This listing is for an attractive Reissner Amphora pottery Art Nouveau style vase decorated with an owl motif, c. 1900. This unusual vase has a mottled brown background with a thickly applied cobalt slip band with self handles at the top and another band with pink stylized flowers around the bottom. The two owls on the front of the vase are decorated with heavily applied slip in several colors and stand in relief above the mottled background. The center back of the vase is decorated with the outline of a stylized owl's head with slip decorated eyes and beak. Vase is marked with several incised stamps including an oval stamp with "Amphora", another with "Austria" and a third that I can't make out along with the model number "11610". There is also an incised crown stamp which is the trademark stamp of the Reissner Amphora Works used from 1905-1910.
Dimensions: 9 3/4" high, a top width of 3 3/4" (at handles) and a base diameter of 3 1/2". Weighs 1.4 pounds.
Condition: The vase is in excellent Estate condition with no noted flaws or repairs.
History: Amphora refers to pottery produced by the Reissner Amphora Works in the Turn-Teplitz region of Austria (now the Czech Republic) during the Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts era. There were about 30 ceramics manufacturers using the kaolin-rich clay found in this area to produce art pottery during this period and this pottery is today collectively referred to as Teplitz, however, only one company actually used the name Amphora.
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