Amphora pottery stars in Morphy’s auction



2015-06-26 11:14:01

Amphora pottery stars in Morphy’s auction

Morphy Auctions’ November 2nd-3rd Fine & Decorative Art sale will include an impressive selection of Amphora pottery, with a number of rare designs.

The Amphora porcelain works, founded by Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel, existed from 1892-1945 in the Teplitz-Turn area of Bohemia, part of Austro-Hungary but after World War I part of Trnovnay in the Czech Republic.

The Les Cohen collection presented at Morphy’s comprises 150 enchanting examples of this style, many of which are the definitive pieces used in reference books on Amphora.

An Amphora Bat vase with a winged bat in flying mode circling the vessel is a particularly rare design. It has raised Amphora circular mark, and remnants of a paper Amphora label, and is itself in mint condition. It is valued at $8,000-$14,000.

An Amphora Berry bud vase also has a flying bat theme alongside a botanical motif, and is estimated at $10,000-$16,000.

An Amphora Owl vase, with four owl heads and jewel encrusted, is expected to sell for $10,000-$15,000.

A 29 inch high Alfred Stellmacher-designed vase with a dragon motif is also looking at a price of $10,000-$15,000.

A gorgeous portrait vase with image of the Allegory of France and rising sun is an artwork, and valued at $8,000-$12,000.

In addition to this abundance of Amphora, upwards of 200 pieces of Rookwood, Weller, Breininger and Roseville pottery, and an art glass collection will be on offer.

Saturday’s auction will move on to a variety of decorative art. Highlights include a carved Native American cigar figure attributed to Robb, estimate $25,000-$45,000. An early stag weathervane is valued at $20,000-$25,000, and a Samuel Brenesian tall-case clock, circa 1810 Pennsylvania, at $10,000-$15,000.

Additional items include firefighting antiques, violins, pocket watches, jewellery, and historical political documents signed by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. A signed copy of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf is also on offer, valued at $10,000-$15,000.


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