Peacock Vase by Paul Dachsel for Amphora, Art Nouveau c. 1900

Ceramic vase designed by Paul Dachsel for Amphora featuring delicate gold cross-hatching and relief elements to evoke peacock feathers. Polished gold glaze around mouth, on handles, and base relief. A design attributed to Paul Dachsel; stamped Amphora in the base and numbered. Published: Scott, "Ceramics from the House of Amphora 1890 - 1915", 2004, p. 199.

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.