Biomorphic candlestick with experimental glaze produced by RStk Amphora c. 1900, design attributed to Paul Dachsel. Hand-signed in the base.
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.