Luxury Design, Past & Present
Dragon vase with frog circa 1901 ceramics Bohemian designed by Eduard Stellmacher manufactured by Amphora Werke
This Bohemian ceramic vase of the company Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel (Amphora Werke) bears an impressive, plastically shaped dragon. It wraps around the entire piece in a spiral. The tail of the creature is being pinched by a crab on the lower, broader half of the vessel. The surface is glazed in dark and light green as well as purple tones, giving this vase an earthy and mystical look.
Dragons and dinosaurs were a central theme of the Amphora Werke at the world exhibition in Paris in 1900. Today, they are among the most sought-after and expensive products of this manufacture. Eduard Stellmacher, one of the directors of Amphora Werke, designed this vase in the period around 1900. Inspired by drawings from contemporary magazines and Japanese woodcuts from the 19th century, a whole series of vases with dragons and dinosaurs was produced. Grotesque ceramics, such as the products of the Martin Brothers from the USA or the Amphora manufacture, met the taste of the customers at that time and are more popular among collectors today than ever before.
Bib.: Richard L. Scott (ed.), "Ceramics from the House of Amphora 1890-1915", Sidney/Ohio 2004, p.107
marked with: crown, "AMPHORA" in the ellipse, "AUSTRIA" in the ellipse, "461", "52"