Posted 10 years ago
Eastern Dragon by Amphora
Bohemia, circa 1900
When I began collecting Amphora the Eastern Dragon was on my wish list. I love how the vase is a prop for this devil, like he just landed and wrapped himself around it while surveying the next village to scorch. You can see him and another in the Amphora video on YouTube. Search for "Amphora Pottery" to watch it. By the way, I realize that he might be a she. I would never presume that only guys have all the fun scorching villages.
By the late 1800s pottery was finally getting recognition as something more than a functional object. Art Nouveau's adventurous designs must have made it easy to get excited about it, so people no doubt were buying Amphora solely to decorate. Nevertheless, you know somebody was sticking flowers in some of these. How humiliated the dragon must have been with daffodils drooping over him (or her).
Amphora made the Eastern Dragon for display at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, the world's fair that brought the Art Nouveau style to a worldwide audience. Amphora won a gold medal at the Exposition. They also made a 14 inch version of this design. The Eastern Dragons come in variety of colorful glazes.