This Amphora Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel vase borrows from a Japanese tradition both in the vessel’s form and in its decoration. Prunus blossoms float on a teal-grey ground and rise into a gold-bordered formation of clouds. The white blossoms are in low relief, and the stigma and stamen form sharp points. The three-dimensional effect of the raised blossoms is heightened by deeper colored blossom shadows behind them. The dynamism of the clouds and floating blossoms add a gentle sense of motion to this exquisitely designed piece of porcelain art pottery.
Riesnner, Stellmacher, & Kessel formed Amphora in 1892 and worked together until 1904. The company won many awards during their stellar collaboration, starting in 1893 with top prizes at the 1893 Columbian Exhibition.
The vase is marked “RStK” (for Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel), “Turn Teplitz Bohemia,” and “Made in Austria,” which is barely visible beneath the logo.
The vase measures 5.25 inches high and 3.75 in diameter. The rim has some tiny rough spots where bits of gold have been chipped off. Because part of the rim is blue and gold, the nicks are almost invisible and are more noticeable through touch than sight.