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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Czechoslovakian Porcelain Owl, Amphora, circa 1900

By Amphora
Czechoslovakian Porcelain Owl, Amphora, circa 1900...
Amphora
Antique Early 1900s Czech Sculptures
Porcelain
Czechoslovakian porcelain owl, Amphora, circa 1900.
Art Nouveau Vase by Amphora, Turn-Teplitz Region of Bohemia, circa 1904

By Amphora
Art Nouveau Vase by Amphora, Turn-Teplitz Region o...
Amphora, Hans Riessner
Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Vases and Vessels
Ceramic
Gorgeous art pottery vase attributed to Hans Riessner, Riessner Stellmacher & Kessel, Teplitz region of Bohemia, circa 1904. Unusual shape combined with a striking glaze, polished gold...
19th Century Eduard Stellmacher for Amphora "Lily of the Valley" Maiden Vase

By Amphora, Eduard Stellmacher
19th Century Eduard Stellmacher for Amphora "Lily ...
Amphora, Eduard Stellmacher
Antique Late 19th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Vases and Vessels
Porcelain
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 an...
Eduard Stellmacher Teplitz Art Nouveau Centerpiece

By Amphora, Eduard Stellmacher, Teplitz
Eduard Stellmacher Teplitz Art Nouveau Centerpiece...
Amphora, Eduard Stellmacher, Teplitz
Antique 1890s Austrian Art Nouveau Centerpieces
Porcelain, Pottery
Signed Eduard Stellmacher Art Nouveau pottery centerpiece for Riessner, Stellmacher and Kessel, Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia. Made in Austria, circa 1890-1910. Undulating, dramatic and exc...
Amphora Rogier Vandeweghe Ceramic Vase, Belgium, 1963

By Amphora, Roger Vandeweghe
Amphora Rogier Vandeweghe Ceramic Vase, Belgium, 1...
Amphora, Roger Vandeweghe
Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Ceramic
Highly decorative and nice ceramic vase designed by Rogier Vandeweghe and manufactured by Amphora, Belgium, 1963. This vase has an amazing shape and red glaze and would look highly deco...
Paul Dachsel for Riessner, Stellmacher and Kessel Amphora Porcelain Vase

By Amphora, Paul Dachsel
Paul Dachsel for Riessner, Stellmacher and Kessel ...
Amphora, Paul Dachsel
Antique Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Vases and Vessels
Porcelain
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-like...
Rogier Vandeweghe for Amphora Mosaic Coffee Table

By Amphora, Roger Vandeweghe
Rogier Vandeweghe for Amphora Mosaic Coffee Table
Amphora, Roger Vandeweghe
Vintage 1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Metal, Ceramic, Wood
Rogier Vandeweghe for Amphora, cocktail table, blue ceramic, wood, iron, Belgium, ca. 1950 This inlayed mosaic round coffee table displays a vivid colour scheme of different blues. Ran...
Amphora Perignem Umbrella Stand in Red Glazed Ceramic

By Amphora, Perignem, Roger Vandeweghe
Amphora Perignem Umbrella Stand in Red Glazed Cera...
Amphora, Perignem, Roger Vandeweghe
Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Metal, Ceramic
We have to offer this spectactular umbrella stand in ceramic with red glazed finish on top. This stand was made by Amphora, a Belgian ceramic factory in Beernem. They were very close re...
Large Ceramic Bowl by Amphora

By Amphora
Large Ceramic Bowl by Amphora
Amphora
Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Bowls and Baskets
Ceramic
This large ceramic bowl was made in the workshop of Amphora in the 1960s. The geometric decoration with blue, black and white is very artistic. This bowl is in good condition. The sha...
Set of Three Seahorse Ceramic Wall Sculptures by Amphora

By Amphora
Set of Three Seahorse Ceramic Wall Sculptures by A...
Amphora
Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Sculptures
Ceramic
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 sea...
Imperial Amphora Austria Ceramic Woman Figure

By Amphora
Imperial Amphora Austria Ceramic Woman Figure
Amphora
Antique Late 19th Century Austrian Classical Greek Ceramics
Ceramic
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 Bohem...
Paul Dachsel Vase for Amphora

By Amphora, Paul Dachsel
Paul Dachsel Vase for Amphora
Amphora, Paul Dachsel
Antique 1890s Austrian Porcelain
Delicate porcelain four-arm vase with lilac flower glaze and applied gilt. Fully hallmarked to underside.
Ceramic Vase, Art Nouveau, Amphora, Austria

By Amphora
Ceramic Vase, Art Nouveau, Amphora, Austria
Amphora
Antique Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Vases and Vessels
Ceramic
A ceramic Art Nouveau vase produced by Amphora in Austria, circa 1900. Signed.
Impressive Large Ceramic Bowl by Rogier Vandeweghe for Amphora
Impressive Large Ceramic Bowl by Rogier Vandeweghe...
Amphora
Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics
Ceramic
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 gl...
Czechoslovakian Glazed Earthenware Pitcher by Amphora, circa 1918-1939

By Amphora
Czechoslovakian Glazed Earthenware Pitcher by Amph...
Amphora
Early 20th Century Czech Greek Revival Pitchers
Earthenware
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 pi...
Amphora Earthenware Shaped Vase, Viennese, Austria, 1900

By Amphora
Amphora Earthenware Shaped Vase, Viennese, Austria...
Amphora
Antique Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Ceramics
Ceramic
Amphora earthenware shaped vase, Viennese, Austria, from the beginning of the 20th century, circa 1900 with four stylized handles.
Rare Riessner and Kessel Amphora Ceramic Art Nouveau Pottery Basket
Rare Riessner and Kessel Amphora Ceramic Art Nouve...
Amphora
Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Vases and Vessels
Ceramic, Enamel
A charming and unusual piece from the well known ceramic factory Amphora of Riessner & Kessel in Turn-Teplitz. Made in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the area called Bohemia, now referr...
Austrian Art Nouveau Amphora 'EDDA' Vase Lamp with Bronze Mounts

By Amphora
Austrian Art Nouveau Amphora 'EDDA' Vase Lamp with...
Amphora
Antique Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Table Lamps
Bronze, Crystal, Pottery
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. Dat...
Rogier Vandeweghe Amphora Ceramic Tiles Table, Belgium, 1960

By Amphora, Roger Vandeweghe
Rogier Vandeweghe Amphora Ceramic Tiles Table, Bel...
Amphora, Roger Vandeweghe
Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Ceramic, Metal
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 cer...
Ceramic Harlequin by Rogier Vandeweghe for Amphora

By Amphora, Roger Vandeweghe
Ceramic Harlequin by Rogier Vandeweghe for Amphora...
Amphora, Roger Vandeweghe
Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures
Ceramic
Rare glazed ceramic representing a harlequin from the manufacturer amphora designed by Rogier Vandeweghe, stamped.
Amphora Ceramique Duck Sculpture by Rogier Vandeweghe, 1960s

By Amphora, Roger Vandeweghe
Amphora Ceramique Duck Sculpture by Rogier Vandewe...
Amphora, Roger Vandeweghe
Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics
Ceramic
Very rare ceramic glazed duck designed by Rogier Vandeweghe for Amphora, Belgium, 1960s signed. Brown, white and blue glazed colors. Mint condition.
Coffee Table by Pia Manu, circa 1960

By Amphora, Pia Manu
Coffee Table by Pia Manu, circa 1960
Amphora, Pia Manu
Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Ceramic, Metal, Stone
Beautiful coffee table by Pia Manu, manufactured by Amphora Belgium around 1960. This coffee table has a black metal base and a top made of glazed tiles in black, grey and red, makin...
Amphora Vase

By Amphora
Amphora Vase
Amphora
Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics
Ceramic
Large vase by Amphora. Signed Ceramique red glazed.