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Austrian Art Nouveau Ceramic Bowl Eduard Stellmacher Amphora Blue, circa 1902



Austrian Art Nouveau symbolistic ceramic bowl from the "Fates-series" designed by Eduard Stellmacher manufactured by Amphora-Werke Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Turn-Teplitz circa 1902 ivory-porcelain marked This bowl is a beautiful example of symbolist craftsmanship of Art Nouveau. Ghostly young women swirl around the rim of the vessel as if caught in a maelstrom, emerging from the surface of the water partly in relief and partly in full sculpture. The green-blue glaze with delicate gold accents is particularly harmonious in capturing the aquatic world and contributes to the successful implementation of the motif of inescapable fate. marked with raised “AMPHORA”-mark, impressed mod. no. “3750”, modeler no.”42?, “G” and handpainted “326” Bib.: examples of this series are illustrated in Richard L. Scott (ed.), “Ceramics from the House of Amphora 1890-1915”, Sidney/Ohio 2004, pp. 48-49.


  • Creator
    Amphora (Manufacturer),Eduard Stellmacher (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 3.94 in. (10 cm)Diameter: 8.67 in. (22 cm)
  • Style
    Art Nouveau (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1902
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5830225384892

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    Ships From: Vienna, Austria
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About the Manufacturer


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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