This lidded Art Nouveau Amphora teapot was made by Paul Dachsel in about 1905. The ground color on the teapot is a shaded brown-green with lots of texture. Going down from the lid: There is an overpainted gilt-highlighted ring just below the rim of the teapot which is itself overpainted with 6 cloverleaves, 3 on each side. The top of the handle and a spout-support, attached to either side of this upper ring, are similarly overpainted with gilt and the handle also has 3 overpainted cloverleaves on each side. The handle and spout then attach to the widest part of the teapot body and are connected to a wide gilt-highlighted band which surrounds the body. This lower band has shaded pale purple flowers and green buds, each supported by green stems and separated by green leaves flowing around the teapot from one side of the handle to the other. There is a gilt-highlighted diamond central to each side of the teapot, and each diamond has 3 flowers with stems and green leaves flowing from top to near-bottom over the teapot body. There are 4 cloverleaves on each side of the teapot body above the wide central band, and 2 rows of cloverleaves between the central band and the teapot base. The lid is quite eye-catching as well. It sports 4 raised steam-holes and a gilt-enhanced central knop. The raised steam-holes are separated from one another by flower buds. The condition of the teapot is quite good, though it does have some to-be-expected gilt-wear from use, most noticeably on the very tip of the knop (see picture #5). There is also one very tiny, almost unnoticeable, chip on the underside of the base. This can be seen at about 1 pm on pictures 7 and 8. And if you look very closely at the 1st picture above, you can see how shallow this chip is on the base. It is almost un-noticeable at the base just to the left of the central diamond in this picture. Additional pictures are available upon request. Dimensions, from the lid: 7 1/2” H with the lid in place, and 6 1/2” H without the lid. 7 1/2” W from spout tip to handle edge. 6 1/2” W across the widest part of the teapot body. The upper ring on the teapot is 3 1/2” W. The lid measures 2 1/2” W where it rests on the teapot body. The base of the teapot is 3 3/8” W. The identifying mark on the base is an impressed “1 1 6 2” above an impressed “1 2” (see picture #8). I date this teapot to 1905 based on similarly marked Amphora made by Paul Dachsell at that time. This seems to be the only identification used by Paul Dachsell during the very early part of the 20th C. Please note: It is very difficult to measure this piece accurately. Measurements are as accurate as I can provide. Additional pictures available upon request.
Turn-Teplitz Austrian Art Nouveau Paul Dachsel Amphora Teapot
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