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Art Nouveau Art Pottery219 of 231A Gouda 'Kantjes' Plate by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH).Bronze and Porclain Macaw
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Posted 3 years ago

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vetraio50
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I found this on an auction site here in Sydney. I had seen the mark before and knew that it was Amphora. The seller described it as being Lawrence of Arabia. I thought that it predated T.E. Lawrence's exploits in the Middle East. Still his title captured the romance behind Europe's fascination for Arab culture in the Art Nouveau period.
The makers were Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Amphora, a pottery factory in Trnovany, Czech Republic (Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia Austria).
I love the subdued gilding and the colour tones on these Amphora pieces.
Funnily enough I went into an Antique shop four blocks from where I live and I found another of these pieces. Ten times larger than mine, it is huge! It has a base almost five foot long! Amphora was capable of monumental work. These figures are unpopular today. But sometimes your tastes are not like those of the majority. Orientalism and Africanism may well have their day.
Some of their Arab figures are not painted. Others like mine have polychrome decoration with gilded highlights. Eduard Stellmacher signed busts of Bedouins and I believe he might have designed my Bedouin: Un messager du désert.

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  1. ozmarty ozmarty, 3 years ago
    Did you buy he larger one???
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    No way! I'm a retired schoolteacher! She wanted $4500 for it.
    Size was also a factor. I live in a one bedroom apartment.
    The piece is so large I would be hard pressed to put it anywhere.
    But I think it is still available if you're interested?
  3. ozmarty ozmarty, 3 years ago
    I think that there would have to be one less zero in the amount , I am such a cheapscape !! Remember the famous line from the movie The Castle " they must be dreaming !" I don't actually say it but probably it is in the back of my head when I see things for sale retail.
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    The lady who owns it used to park her Roller Corniche in my building.
    There's gold in them thar Stellmachers!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks mark, ozmarty, AmphoraPottery & vintagemad!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    It was a long time ago, m8! mind you the list is so long now people just don't go past the first section and those on top of the list. You'd know what i mean.
    Mind you this stuff is really out of fashion.
    Arab Orientalism is not to everyone's taste!
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks mustangtony!
  8. tom61375 tom61375, 12 months ago
    WOW! Love it!
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 months ago
    Many thanks for the loves TOM31675!
    This one is very different.
    Out of fashion these days!
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 month ago
    Many thanks NORDICMAN !!!!!

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