This exceptional vase is from the Grés-Bijou (jeweled stoneware) series. The body resembles natural agate chosen for its beautiful markings, a fashionable practice in the medieval period (see the Chalice of Abbot Suger c.1140), while the handles resemble intertwined plant stems. Inset cabochons and areas of gilding add to the vessel’s dramatic appeal. Marks: Impressed manufacturer's cipher 3791 43.
In 1892 Alfred Stellmacher, after 17 years as a leader in ceramics production, encouraged his son and sons-in-law to establish a porcelain manufactory. Named for its owners Riessner, Stellmacher and Kessel (RSt&K), and also employing son-in-law Paul Dachsel, the firm consistently marked pieces with the word Amphora by the late 1890s and became known by that name. Several important series made between 1894 and 1904 feature realistically sculptured plants and animals, prehistoric and mythical creatures, Klimt- and Mucha-style portraits, and simulated jewels.
based in Turn-Teplitz, Austria