Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Amphora

In Pottery > Art Nouveau Pottery > Show & Tell and Pottery > European Art Pottery > Show & Tell.
Recent activity42821 of 181672antique or vintage white stone elephantA GUSTAVSBERG OWL
Love it
Like it

RadegunderRadegunder loves this.
auraaura loves this.
CaperkidCaperkid loves this.
Nordicman32Nordicman32 loves this.
aghcollectaghcollect loves this.
tom61375tom61375 loves this.
SEAN68SEAN68 loves this.
markmark loves this.
ozmartyozmarty loves this.
AmphoraPotteryAmphoraPottery loves this.
vintagemadvintagemad loves this.
See 9 more
Add to collection

Please create an account, or Log in here

If you don't have an account, create one here.

Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

Posted 6 years ago


(675 items)

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.


  1. ozmarty ozmarty, 6 years ago
    Did you buy he larger one???
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 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, 6 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, 6 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, 6 years ago
    Many thanks mark, ozmarty, AmphoraPottery & vintagemad!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 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, 5 years ago
    Many thanks mustangtony!
  8. tom61375, 4 years ago
    WOW! Love it!
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks for the loves TOM31675!
    This one is very different.
    Out of fashion these days!
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks NORDICMAN !!!!!
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks CAPERKID !!!!!!!!!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks AURA !!! !! ! !! !!!
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks RADEGRUNDER !!! !! ! !! !!!

Want to post a comment?

Create an account or login in order to post a comment.