Two-Handled Biomorphic Bowl by Amphora, Art Nouveau c. 1900

A shallow naturalistic bowl with organic bone-like design elements and a mottled glaze of blue, gray, and green. Stamped Amphora in the base, and numbered; added RStK bottom marking indicates this piece was hand-finished on the potter's wheel.

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.