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Vintage Czech Amphora Porcelain Sculpture of a Camel and Mounted Rider

US$2,450

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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 existed from 1892 – 1945 in the Teplitz-Turn area of Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but since 1918, in Trnovany in the Czech Republic. Founded in 1892 under the style of RSt&K, by Riessner, Stellmacher and Kessel, the son and sons-in-law respectively of Alfred Stellmacher, a long established manufacturer of ceramics in the area, and also employing his son-in-law Paul Dachsel, by the late 1880’s, the firm having consistently marked pieces with the word Amphora became known by that name. Stellmacher left the undertaking in 1905, and Kessel left in 1910. As the partnership changed, the company became known by different names, but the pieces were always known as Amphora porcelain, the concern eventually being nationalized in 1945.

Details

  • Creator
    Amphora (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 23.75 in. (60.33 cm)Width: 26.5 in. (67.31 cm)Depth: 9 in. (22.86 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1930-1969
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU812815417482

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About the Maker

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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