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Art Nouveau2942 of 3128Massier/Levy-Dhurmer VaseGryphan Desk Lamp from 1910-1915
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Posted 6 years ago

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Pheasant Vase by Amphora
Bohemia, circa 1900
16" high

This was one of my first Amphora pieces. Amphora made these with many glazes, a few of them in wildly garish colors. The plant form that serves as his backdrop is both weird and appealing to me. At sixteen inches tall he makes his presence known about the house.

You can see a video of Amphora's monsters and maidens pottery on YouTube by searching for "Amphora Pottery." There is also a Facebook page for collectors and interested souls: www.facebook.com/amphora.pottery.


  1. Budek Budek, 6 years ago
    The vase is like a giant, poisonous, pungent, lily.
  2. epson233 epson233, 5 years ago
    thanks for education -- had never heard of this pottery before -- will certainly try and learn more -- all of your postings are just beautiful -- good luck with your new job -- hope we get to see more of your beautiful pottery
  3. AmphoraPottery AmphoraPottery, 5 years ago
    Thank you, epson. I hope you acquire a piece of Amphora some day. You'll see the great variety of forms and decors they made on the Amphora Facebook page. It's hard to not fall in love with at least several pieces. Zsolnay is another Art Nouveau ceramics giant that is irresistible.
  4. epson233 epson233, 5 years ago
    thanks amphora -- was currently on the net trying to learn more about this pottery -- have a great evening
  5. AmphoraPottery AmphoraPottery, 5 years ago
    Researching Amphora on the net is tricky for newcomers because so many folks, including some auction houses and antique dealers get it wrong. I'll tell you this much to spare you a difficult path. Riessner, Stellmacher and Kessel (RStK) went into business circa 1892. You will see the red RStK mark on many pieces from the early to mid phase of the company. After several years they adopted the name Amphora and that began to appear on most pieces, sometimes along with RStK. An impressed simple crown and the word Austria in an oval are the other two most common marks, often joining the others on a single piece. There are a fair number of other marks that are too much to describe here. The RStK mark also includes Teplitz on it because that is where they made much of it. Therefore, this pottery has been labeled Teplitz in recent history and some still call it that. However, that is incorrect. There were up to thirty potteries in Teplitz at the time but only one RStK (aka Amphora). You will see pottery by Bernard Bloch, Royal Dux, and all sorts of unknown stuff called Amphora by confused or dishonest sellers. However, there was only one manufactory that used the name Amphora.

    Eduard Stellmacher left and started his own pottery around 1905. Because of his history with Amphora collectors place his work in the Amphora "family." Same goes for Amphora designer Paul Dachsel who also started his own pottery around 1905. Lastly, pottery by Ernst Wahliss appears in the books on Amphroa because he had a business and creative relationship with Amphora over the years. Pottery by Stellmacher, Dachsel, and Wahliss have their own distinct marks.

    Amphora kept going until circa 1915. However, their pottery after about 1910 is not considered their Art Nouveau work. There you have it!
  6. epson233 epson233, 5 years ago
    thanks amphora for the into -- i had to first find out the meaning of just the word "amphora" -- that's how far in the dark i was -- but thanks to you i can see a wee bit of light in my tunnel -- going for it!!!! have a great week and again thanks for sharing and be so generous with your knowledge
  7. TrustyHuckster TrustyHuckster, 5 years ago
    Great summary. Thanks!

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