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Exquisite Amphora Basket with Flowers, 10 3/4" High ~ Bohemian Early 1900’s
This beautiful Amphora basket shows the mastery of the workmanship in each little applied flower. The low sided ovoid basket has a single high looped handle decorated with purplish colored relief flowers applied to the exterior. The niece greenish gray matte finish on the handle has been alternated with a shiny gold background. The basket has a basket weave design with a greenish gray matte background. Two rows of flowers have been also applied to the rim of the basket and also around the lower part. On the center of each side one large green rose has been placed. The inside has an iridescent pearl like background that has a wonderful shiny glaze. This piece is in excellent condition with no cracks, three petals have chips. Manufacturing anomalies may exist, the occasional tiny iron speck, dust 'bump' in the glaze, etc.
A complex history of ownership, major fires, wars and who knows what else complicate an already difficult task to trace artisans, owners and outlets of distribution. Amphora one must relate to the design elements of Amphora: figures, organic references, fully developed Art Nouveau or Secession interpretations. All factories producing Art Pottery at the turn of the century were fully aware of each others' capabilities, production and techniques... As it relates to production, one of the interesting facts about Amphora is the existence between 1885 and 1917 of the Imperial Technical School for Ceramics and Associated Applied Arts which provided a steady stream of fresh talent for Amphora. School curriculum demanded the ability to create, using live models from nature, plastic interpretation (exact and stylized) into clay. It has been documented the factories in the Teplitz-Schonau area donated clay raw materials to the school to be used by students. What developed was a symbiotic relationship between all whose interest was art pottery production. The end result as it relates to Amphora is that a very disciplined, regimented curriculum lasting several years was the 'right of passage' into the factory and the end result was and is today the extraordinary art pottery."
Measures: 10 3/4" L x 8" H x 7" W
Backstamp: 16011 66
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