One of Amphora’s greatest creations, this model by Paul Dachsel is clearly indebted to Japanese bronzes and ceramics that feature crustaceans and other sea creatures clinging to their bodies. The squat bulbous body and long neck provide a variety of shapes to which the starfish can be attached, allowing for a maximum of expressiveness in the treatment of their elongated arms. The overall bone color of
the glaze is reminiscent of dead coral, fossils, or ivory. This subdued monochromatic coloration unifies the body and applied decoration, suggesting the bleached out appearance of life in oceanic depths.
Signature: Marked with Manufactures stamp "Amphora" 3648 3.
Model illustrated in Scott, Richard L., Ceramics from the House of Amphora : 1890-1915 (Sidney, Ohio : Richard L. Scott, 2004), 102.
About Kunstkeramik Paul Dachsel
Paul Dachsel was the son-in-law of Alfred Stellmacher, the founder of Amphora Pottery, Turn-Teplitz, Austria. He was a designer at Amphora from 1892 until circa 1904 or 1905, when he left the family firm. In 1905 or 1906 founded his own pottery, Kunstkeramik Paul Dachsel. While at Amphora and later at his factory, Dachsel created designs that favored simple forms elaborated with applied handles, rims, and ornaments. In many examples, he favored tertiary colors and folded, flat, and soft-edged shapes, giving his work a fairy-tale quality. [Source: Jason Jacques]