Posted 9 months ago
The Renaissance Princess by Amphora
Bohemia, circa 1895
As with most Amphora portrait decors, this lady was featured on a variety of molds. (I have another posted on Collectors Weekly.) And like most Amphora portraits, we can't be certain of her origin because there are few records from the manufactory that survived or are available. Amphora scholar Byron Vreeland believes the best bet is that a Renaissance princess, real or imagined, was the inspiration. Byron took this photo so she could make an appearance in his latest Amphora book titled Monsters and Maidens: Collector's Edition. I am lucky to have several pieces presented in his book.
You can see a nice close up of this vase in the dramatic Amphora video. Some sublime Rimsky-Korsakov serves as her soundtrack. Search YouTube for "Amphora Pottery." Also, there is an Amphora Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Amphora.Pottery) that provides a sweeping survey of Amphora.