FR   EN   中文

Portrait Vase Nikolaus Kannhäuser Amphora ca. 1898
Portrait Vase Nikolaus Kannhäuser Amphora ca. 1898 - Porcelain & Faience Style Art nouveau Portrait Vase Nikolaus Kannhäuser Amphora ca. 1898 -
Ref : 102545
8 500 €
Period :
19th century
Artist :
Nikolaus Kannhäuser (artiste), Amphora (manufactur
Provenance :
Medium :
Ceramics "ivory porcelain", ceramics, colorfully glazed, enamel painting, gold painting
Dimensions :
l. 7.28 inch X H. 12.8 inch X P. 4.72 inch
Porcelain & Faience  - Portrait Vase Nikolaus Kannhäuser Amphora ca. 1898 19th century - Portrait Vase Nikolaus Kannhäuser Amphora ca. 1898
Florian Kolhammer

Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Jugendstil,

+43 676 770 80 70
Portrait Vase Nikolaus Kannhäuser Amphora ca. 1898

Portrait vase, Nikolauser Kannhauser, Amphora Riessner Stellmacher & Kessel, Turn-Teplitz, ca. 1898, signed and marked

The female figure held a central position in Jugendstil in general and particularly in the creations of Amphora’s artists. Their work was strongly influenced by the very floral and stylized French Art Nouveau. Especially poster art by the likes of Alphonse Mucha and Paul Berthon in Paris were a significant source of inspiration for the Bohemian ceramic artists in Turn-Teplitz around 1900. Consequently, they produced a whole series of vases with female portraits as their main theme. From purely decorative to meaningfully allegorical, a great variety of portrait vases have emerged from the manufacture around that time.

Nikolaus Kannhäuser was one the most talented portrait painters of Amphora and he delivered numerous designs, including this vase.
This delicate ceramic object, shaped like a calyx, virtually embodies Art Nouveau. Similar to a tulip, the vase is wide at the bottom and gradually narrower towards the top. Using gilding and sponging, the craftsmen of Amphora realised a very naturalistic and pleasant background. The latter represents an intricate forest in the style of Japanese woodblock prints, which became popular in Europe around the turn of the 20th century. The main ornament on this vase is of course the portrait in profile of an idealized woman with flowers, chrysanthemums, braided into her hair. The vessel is masterfully executed, and the painting is particularly intricate and detailed.

Amphora was striving to create high-quality objects and therefore developed their own, patented, type of ceramic known as “ivory porcelain”. Using this particularly light type of ceramic material, they were able to create stunningly delicate and elegant vases and other decorative vessels. Withstanding the test of time, these high-quality objects are now widely considered to be valuable works of art in their own right, not solely decorative items.

signed with artist monogram "NK" for Nikolaus Kannhäuser, marked underneath "AMPHORA TURN", "1326", RStK company stamp, model no. "580" und craftsman no. "21"

Bib.: decoration depicted in Richard L. Scott (ed.), "Ceramics from the House of Amphora 1890-1915", Sidney/Ohio 2004, p. 94

Delevery information :

We are happy to organise insured shipping worldwide. We sell our art objects to collectors in Europe, but also in the USA, Asia, the Middle East and as far as Australia. We organize the shipping for you and pack the art objects carefully and professionally.

The objects are fully insured during transport and unpacking at our expense. When shipping with our preferred logistics partner FedEX, we will take care of all customs formalities required for export and import, if necessary. Our large objects willl be shipped by professional transporters from our world wide spanning network.

Florian Kolhammer


Porcelain & Faience