Amphora Mystical Art Nouveau Ceramic Candelstick World’s Fair 1900


Bone-colored two-headed candlestick featuring faces, moths, and stars in a design presented at the 1900 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) held in Paris. Stamped Amphora in the base, and numbered.

Riessner, Stellmacher and Kessel (RStK), later known as Amphora, began producing luxury ceramic objects in Turn-Teplitz, Austria in 1892. With the help of well-established ceramicist Alfred Stellmacher, his son and sons-in-law established the Riessner, Stellmacher and Kessel factory, which would produce some of the most highly collected porcelain objects of the 20th century. Stellmacher's son-in-law Paul Dachsel worked as a designer, creating forms that added new breadth to the Art Nouveau style with modernist forms and experimental glazes.