Porcelain bust of an Art Nouveau/Edwardian young woman. Sculpted by one of the finest firms of the Art Nouveau period, Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Amphora, a pottery factory in Trnovany, Czech Republic (Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia Austria.) The company was founded in 1892 by Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel. The mark on this reflects the three owners with the initials “RStK.” This Maiden is the design of Stellmacher and Ernst Wahliss (RStK factory manager and designer) who collaborated on the figural busts produced at RStK, with Wahliss buying the company in the early 20th century. This impressively large Maiden was produced at the height of the Art Nouveau movement. She measures 16.5" high by 16" across by 10" wide. The fine details of the floral motifs on her dress and the detail in her hair, exhibit outstanding modeling. This porcelain Maiden, a young Edwardian woman wears a tastefully elegant décolletage corset, with a buckle, a style fancied at the beginning of the Art Nouveau movemnet, leaving the Victorian styles behind. Her dress is beautiful in an apricot and gold pearlized garment that hangs on her shoulders with her hair in a popular style low ponytail cinched in gold beads. She has a painted gold necklace. The mark is the red Turn Teplitz Bohemia RStK, Made in Austria. An impressed oval reads AMPHORA. The model number is 1240, number 4. She is referenced in 'Monsters and Maidens' Collector's Edition, Amphora Pottery, Ernst Wahliss Company by Byron Vreeland on page181. She is in near original condition, with the usual glaze nuances of large Amphora pieces. She shows some handling wear with some minor nicks and chips to the end flowers on the left side edge, and a rub into the glaze on her belt buckle. Overall, she is in wonderful condition given her age. She was well-loved for more than 100 years. She makes a stunning Art Nouveau presentation.

Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Amphora c1901-1910