This is a Turn-Teplitz amphora hand painted vase. The maker is Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Amphora. The amphora vase was made in Bohemia, currently Trnovany, Czechia. The date is circa 1892 to 1905. The vase is marked “Amphora” on the bottom.
The vase is 14 ½” high and 8” by 6” at the widest part of the body. It is 5 5/8” wide at the mouth.
The shape has a wavy ridged indentation on the sides. The mouth is wide and covered in thick gold, with an intricate hand enameled gold pattern of flowers and leaves below the outside rim.
The front shows huge hand painted poppies on long stems, in vivid detail, almost like a photograph, in colors of burnt orange with dark middles touched with green and pink lavender centers. There are pink lavender buds. There are a lot of poppy leaves in shades of green. The glaze or ground is a pale yellow going towards an olive green at the bottom, and in the background are gray tree trunks with branches and leaves. The back of the vase has more of the gray trees along with a solitary poppy and one bud on tall stems and large green leaves.
The underside of the vase is marked in red with the amphora symbol, with Turn-Tephliz – Bohemia above, R S & K over the amphora symbol, and Made in Austria below. There is the word Amphora inside an oval impressed into the porcelain. There are also two numbers impressed, 41 and 571.
I am not finished yet. The estate gave a piece of paper along with the vase, which seems to indicate that the vase was given to the estate in 1885, an earlier date than what the literature has for the existence of RS&K, and the date of their mark. The last photo shows the paper. It reads “This vase was given as a wedding present to William W. Kirkpatrick and Ida A. Hickman, married January 3, 1885, at Portsmouth, Ohio. There is a copy of the couple’s 60th wedding anniversary announcement from a local newspaper. There is also a copy of a photo showing the couple’s front room and the vase sitting on a side table, filled with flowers, and the back side presented to the camera. Make whatever you want of this information. This piece of paper will go with the vase. I assume that the gift was given in 1892, not 1885. Or who knows …
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing. The bottom underside footrest shows a few flakes
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