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Amphora Vase - Approx 8" high - Signed and numbered "AMPHORA"
Amphora Art Nouveau porcelain production
The Amphora porcelain works existed from 1892-1945 in the Teplitz-Turn area of Bohemia, a part of Austro-Hungary. In their half a century of production, Amphora became known as a fine art pottery manufacturer of exceptional quality. They produced a plethora of innovative designs and shapes with a high level of detail, and were considered by many to exemplify the Art Nouveau style. The designs were generally influenced by Art Nouveau and Jugensdtil, as well as Grueby and Rockwood. Their creations were graced with hand-painted mythical creatures, ethereal maidens, beautiful nature scenes with birds, bats, plum trees, insects, clover, roses and forests all entwined with sweeping lines and flowing details. This was the contemporary design of the day, leaving the more staid Victorian era in its wake. A never ending array of forms, glazes and decorations typified the Amphora ceramic designs. Cinema was still in its infancy and print publications didn’t have the glossy quality we see now, so the visual impact of high quality, colour enriched ceramics with stunning imagery and designs would have been considerable.