Designed by Paul Dachsel, the "Elite" series is most highly stylized and modern of Amphora designs. The series could be called organic architecture, and is the use of symmetrical plant, animal and insect components built into a vessel. There is an uncanny futuristic quality to the series and something alien about them. Lollipop Creeper is a squat pod form with "lollipop" tipped tendrils creeping down 4 handles. The body of the vessel is iridized metallic cobalt with pastel polychrome glazes to the details. Marks: stamped Amphora Elite.
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