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Amphora

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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Austrian Art Nouveau Ceramic Portrait Vase Amphora White Ochre Gold circa 1898
By Amphora
Located in Vienna, AT
Austrian Art Nouveau Ceramic Portrait vase manufactured by Amphora-Werke Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Turn-Teplitz circa 1898 Depictions of female faces and bodies were a centr...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Amphora

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Ceramic

Austrian Art Nouveau Ceramic Vase with Dragon Amphora Brown circa 1901
By Amphora, Eduard Stellmacher
Located in Vienna, AT
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Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Amphora

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Ceramic

Austrian Art Nouveau Ceramic Portrait Vase Amphora White Blue circa 1897
By Amphora
Located in Vienna, AT
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Late 19th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Amphora

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Ceramic

Impressive Brutalist Coffee Table by Pia Manu for Amphora, 1960s
By Amphora, Pia Manu
Located in Echt, NL
Beautiful handcrafted mosaic coffee table in very good condition. Designed by Pia Manu in the 1960s. Manufactured by Amphora, Belgium It has an impressive mosaic top table made of...
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20th Century Belgian Brutalist Amphora

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Stone, Slate

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

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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

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Porcelain

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

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Porcelain

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

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau Vase by Amphora, Turn-Teplitz Region of Bohemia, circa 1904
By Hans Riessner, Amphora
Located in Pau, FR
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

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Ceramic

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

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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

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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

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Ceramic

Imperial Amphora Austria Ceramic Woman Figure
By Amphora
Located in Pully, 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

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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

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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...
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Early 20th Century Czech Greek Revival Amphora

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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

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Crystal, Bronze

Ceramic Harlequin by Rogier Vandeweghe for Amphora
By Amphora, Rogier Vandeweghe
Located in Antwerp, BE
Rare glazed ceramic representing a harlequin from the manufacturer amphora designed by Rogier Vandeweghe, stamped.
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Amphora

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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.
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Amphora

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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

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Ceramic

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Previously Available Items
Set of Three Seahorse Ceramic Wall Sculptures by Amphora
By Amphora
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Amphora Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Amphora Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Amphora Furniture collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original Amphora furniture was created in Europe during the 19th century in the Art Nouveau style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture from Viennese Manufactory Furniture, Julius Dressler Furniture and Friedrich Goldscheider Furniture. The prices for Amphora Furniture can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $495 and tops out at $22,400, while pieces like these can sell for $1,736 on average.