Reviving a classic pottery art form, this amphora vase has narrow stem with a rounded bottom supported by four arched handles. Yellow roses with leafy green leaves and bluish grey thorns ascend and descend the central piece, giving the illusion of a garden. The hard earthenware has been fused with a golden colored glaze with the result of a speckled, highly textured finish. The aesthetic combines the best of Art Nouveau and ancient qualities. Impressed marks underfoot: 3883 [model no.] / AUSTRIA [in oval] / [impressed crown] / 55.
The Riessner, Stellmacher and Kessel Amphora Porcelain Works (RStK) was founded in 1892. The Amphora factory was located in Turn-Teplitz, Austria (now the Czech Republic). Porcelain manufactories found the region advantageous because local riverbeds provided an abundant supply of kaolin, the essential ingredient of porcelain, and the rivers themselves were handy sources of energy. When originally incorporated, Amphora imitated the Orientalist and Neo-Baroque styles favored by Alfred Stellmacher. Thanks to skilled designers like Eduard Stellmacher, Paul Dachsel and a host of decorators from the Special Ceramics School of Teplitz, Amphora quickly developed a unique genre of Art Nouveau ceramics. What unified its output was an unparalleled concern for fine design and the use of Alfred Stellmacher's "ivory porcelain," a matte yellowish material that was malleable, yet resistant to high temperatures. Amphora's stylistic diversity, combined with its unwavering standard of quality, made it a world leader among industrial manufacturers of art pottery. RStK’s innovative pieces earned international acclaim almost immediately. After winning prizes at both the Chicago and St. Louis World’s Fairs, exclusive establishments, including Tiffany & Co., marketed them in the U.S. Today, they remain highly collectible.
H: 11 in (28 cm)