Probably designed by Paul Dachsel, Twisted epitomizes the artistic heights sometimes reached by Amphora, Bohemia’s preeminent maker of Jugendstil art pottery. The dynamic sculptural form evokes surging plant growth through a swiveling base that culminates in a stylized flower head. Stalk-like ribs direct the body’s torque, which resolves in a circular neck composed of floral bulbs. A tour de force of abstracted life force, this exquisite example of Twisted is also a masterpiece of glaze artistry. Streaks of grass-green peek through gunmetal gray, all softly iridized. Vigorous and verdent, Twisted gives fresh meaning to fin-de- siècle expressions like “youth style” and “new art.” This example is also notable for a rare RStK mark painted near the base.
Model illustrated in Scott, Richard L., Ceramics from the House of Amphora : 1890-1915 (Sidney, Ohio : Richard L. Scott, 2004), 170.
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