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Amphora Ceramics (Austria-Hungary)

Jugendstil—the Germanic name for the sinuous, ethereal design style best known as Art Nouveau—rarely found better expression in ceramics that at the kilns of Amphora. In 1892, Austrian potter Alfred Stellmacher and four relatives opened a workshop that produced earthenware featuring plants, animals, mythical creatures, simulated jewels and even portraits in the style of Gustav Klimt and other fashionable painters of the era. Each piece was signed Amphora. The factory also produced ewers, bowls, tureens, and other diverse shapes. Located in the former spa resort town of Turn-Teplitz (now part of the Czech Republic), the Amphora factory took advantage of the abundant kaolin in the local riverbeds—as well as the energy produced by the rivers themselves—in manufacturing their arresting wares.


     Amphora pieces were painstakingly produced via a method that included detailed sketches, intricate carving and molding and luminous iridescent glazing. All culminated with repeated firings of the clay—sometimes as many as ten times. As a result, the firm won worldwide acclaim, taking gold medals at the Chicago and St. Louis World’s Fairs. Its wares were sold by luxury emporiums like Tiffany & Co.


     Collectors prize Amphora vases for their delicate, naturalistic designs, and larger pieces often command prices in the tens of thousands. Equally sought after are portrait busts featuring religious, literary and allegorical themes. If you’re mourning the end of Downton Abbey and you’d like to add a dash of Lady Edith’s bohemian flair to your home, an Amphora vase or bowl will serve as a unique conversation piece.

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Paul Dachsel Vase for Amphora
By Amphora, Paul Dachsel
Located in Hudson, NY
Delicate porcelain four-arm vase with lilac flower glaze and applied gilt. Fully hallmarked to underside.
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1890s Austrian Antique Amphora

Materials

Porcelain

19th Century Eduard Stellmacher for Amphora "Lily of the Valley" Maiden Vase
By Amphora, Eduard Stellmacher
Located in Cincinnati, OH
This late 19th century porcelain vase was designed by Eduard Stellmacher for Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Amphora of Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia. The piece has a Classic Art Nouveau form...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Amphora

Materials

Porcelain

Rogier Vandeweghe Amphora Ceramic Tiles Table, Belgium, 1960
By Rogier Vandeweghe, Amphora
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Very nice unique coffee table designed by Rogier Vandeweghe produced in the atelier of Amphora, Belgium, circa 1960. This table has a chrome plated metal frame and the top has a red ...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Amphora

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Chrome, Metal

Amphora Earthenware Shaped Vase, Viennese, Austria, 1900
By Amphora
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Amphora earthenware shaped vase, Viennese, Austria, from the beginning of the 20th century, circa 1900 with four stylized handles.
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Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Amphora

Materials

Ceramic

Antique Austrian Amphora RStK Ivory Porcelain Vase with Dragon Handles
By Amphora, Reissner Stellmacher & Kessel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An antique Austrian vase of ivory porcelain by Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel (RStK) Amphora of Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia (Austria) dating between 1899 and 1900. The vase has two dragon-...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Amphora

Materials

Porcelain

Paul Dachsel for Riessner, Stellmacher and Kessel Amphora Porcelain Vase
By Amphora, Paul Dachsel
Located in Cincinnati, OH
This early 20th century Art Nouveau porcelain vase was designed by Paul Dachsel for Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Amphora of Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia. The piece has an organic squash-l...
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Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Amphora

Materials

Porcelain

Art Nouveau Vase by Amphora, Turn-Teplitz Region of Bohemia, circa 1904
By Amphora, Hans Riessner
Located in Weston, CT
Outstanding art pottery vase attributed to Hans Riessner, Riessner Stellmacher & Kessel, Teplitz region of Bohemia, circa 1904. Unusual shape combined with a striking glaze, polished...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Amphora

Materials

Ceramic

Large Pia Manu Tile and Slate Coffee Table, Belgium, 1960s
By Pia Manu, Amphora
Located in Ghent, BE
This early beautiful ceramic tile coffee table was designed and made by Pia Manu. The table has a minimal chromed metal base and the top is a nice combination of different shades of...
Category

1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Amphora

Materials

Slate, Chrome

Vintage Czech Amphora Porcelain Sculpture of a Camel and Mounted Rider
By Amphora
Located in San Francisco, CA
A magnificent Mid-20th century Czech Amphora Porcelain sculpture modeled as a “Camel and Mounted Rider”, of imposing size and in Fine original condition. The Amphora Porcelain Works...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Amphora

Materials

Porcelain

Large Brutalist Double-Spout Amphora Vase
By Amphora
Located in Vlimmeren, BE
This impressive vase is created by Rogier Vandeweghe for Amphora. It can be dated circa 1965. The brutalist glaze and the shape are amazing. This pure vase is a unique piece in perfe...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Amphora

Materials

Ceramic

Amphora Rogier Vandeweghe Sculptural Vase Belgium, 1960
By Rogier Vandeweghe, Amphora
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Highly decorative and nice sculptural ceramic vase designed by Rogier Vandeweghe and manufactured by Amphora, Belgium, 1960. This vase has an amazing shape very nice unusual shape an...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Amphora

Materials

Ceramic

Art Nouveau Sculpture by Amphora, CZ, circa 1915
By Amphora
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Charming Art Nouveau sculpture by Amphora Czechoslovakia from circa 1915 showing a young girl riding her little buckboard pulled by a Billy goat. A lot of beautiful details can be fo...
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Early 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau Amphora

Materials

Ceramic

Set of Three Seahorse Ceramic Wall Sculptures by Amphora
By Amphora
Located in Vlimmeren, BE
This set of three seahorse ceramic wall sculptures was made in the workshop of Amphora in the late 1960s. The two small seahorses in red an white are marked. The extra large green ...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Amphora

Materials

Ceramic

Imperial Amphora Austria Ceramic Woman Figure
By Amphora
Located in CH
Beautiful Imperial Amphora Austrian ceramic woman figure Limited edition 5005 21 manufacture number The Amphora porcelain works existed from 1892-1945 in the Teplitz-Turn area of Bo...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Classical Greek Antique Amphora

Materials

Ceramic, Ceramic

Impressive Large Ceramic Bowl by Rogier Vandeweghe for Amphora
By Amphora
Located in Vlimmeren, BE
This very large bowl was designed by Rogier Vandeweghe for his workshop Amphora in the 1960s. The size of this bowl is really unique, it just fitted in the ceramic oven. The bright...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Amphora

Materials

Ceramic

Czechoslovakian Glazed Earthenware Pitcher by Amphora, circa 1918-1939
By Amphora
Located in Ottawa, Ontario
A Czechoslovakian glazed earthenware pitcher by Amphora, circa 1918-1939, incised enameled pottery blue background and floral stylized decorated. Opposite curve handle and spout, the...
Category

Early 20th Century Czech Greek Revival Amphora

Materials

Earthenware

Austrian Art Nouveau Amphora 'EDDA' Vase Lamp with Bronze Mounts
By Amphora
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Austrian Art Nouveau lamp includes a EDDA series pottery vase by Amphora as base, mounted with cast and handmade bronze elements, trimmed with glass and crystal beads. ...
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Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Amphora

Materials

Crystal, Bronze

Ceramic Harlequin by Rogier Vandeweghe for Amphora
By Rogier Vandeweghe, Amphora
Located in Antwerp, BE
Rare glazed ceramic representing a harlequin from the manufacturer amphora designed by Rogier Vandeweghe, stamped.
Category

1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Amphora

Materials

Ceramic

Amphora Ceramic Duck Sculpture by Rogier Vandeweghe, 1960s,Belgium
By Rogier Vandeweghe, Amphora
Located in Antwerp, BE
Very rare ceramic glazed duck designed by Rogier Vandeweghe for Amphora, Belgium, 1960s signed. Brown, white and blue glazed colors. Mint condition.
Category

1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Amphora

Materials

Ceramic

Large Rogier Vandeweghe Red Ceramic Amphora Vase,Belgium 1960s
By Amphora
Located in Antwerp, BE
Rogier Vandeweghe established himself as a self-employed ceramist in Sint Andries, near Bruges, after leaving the PerIgnem ceramics workshop founded in 1947 with his brother Laurent....
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Amphora

Materials

Ceramic

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