BOOK REVIEW: "Ceramics from the House of Amphora"

Beginning in the late 19th century, Alfred Stellmacher, a designer and experimental ceramicist, developed a new type of porcelain. This artist and his porcelain would breathe life into The House of Amphora. Based in Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia, Stellmacher’s first Amphora studio works would become collected worldwide. Amphora was not only influenced by neo-Baroque, art nouveau and Far East cultures, but also themes, symbolism and current design trends.

Richard L. Scott’s passion for Amphora is apparent in Ceramics from The House of Amphora. He has compiled an inventoried history of hundreds of known Amphora works, including the different styles and phases produced in this empire. He incorporates supporting drawings and photographs to further enlighten the reader of the hundreds of artists and designers that were included in the five companies involved with Amphora.

Scott’s love for collecting Amphora is further proven by the end of the book, which includes chapters consisting of collecting and preserving in addition to all known marks and signatures of Amphora. As an informative and interesting reference, Ceramics from the House of Amphora is perfect for those captivated by the history of Amphora and collecting these exceptionally beautiful works of art.

Title: Ceramics from the House of Amphora
Features: Historical maps, vintage photographs, 600 color photos with detailed descriptions, and an appendix with over 100 entries of marks and artists’ signatures.
Price: $95
ISBN #: 0-9747377-0-4

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