A large Apulian red-figure volute krater
Lot 164
A large Apulian red-figure volute krater
Sold for £26,400 (US$ 44,331) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A large Apulian red-figure volute krater
Circa 4th Century B.C.
Attributed to the Patera Painter, the decoration enlivened with white, ochre and crimson slip, showing on side (a) an Ionic naiskos scene, the deceased warrior painted white, with a loosely draped crimson chlamys over his shoulders, holding two long arrows in his left arm and a short sword in a crimson sheath in his right, surrounded by his greaves, a large domed shield, a scarf and his elaborate Pilos plumed helmet, flanked on either side by two similar female figures both wearing beaded belted chitons pinned at the shoulders, also wearing beaded necklaces, drop earrings and bracelets, their hair dressed in a beribboned kekryphalos and radiate stephane, holding a large mirror in one hand and a tambor with folded cloth in the other, one with a dotted scarf over her right arm the other with one below her left, standing on a meander plinth with meander along the baseline below, a band of rays on the shoulder, the neck above decorated with the profile head of a youth wearing a saccos headdress, emerging from a campanula flower, with elaborate florals and tendrils on either side, a band of rosettes, a thin band of bead-and-reel and a band of scrolling above, ovolo on the rim, side (b) showing, two female figures similar to those on side (a) wearing belted chitons, beads and bracelets, their hair in the beribboned kekryphalos style, carrying mirrors, a situla and a timpanum, flanking a central stele tied with crimson and white looped drapes, standing on a plinth with zig-zag decoration, with a meander baseline below, rays on the shoulder and palmettes on the neck, with a band of laurel and a band of scrolling above, with ovolo on the rim, the tall strap handles flanked by arching swan heads at the base and with white masks on the frontal volutes and red masks on the reverse volutes, 28in (71cm) high, some repair with restoration


  • Provenance:
    Property of a private English collector, acquired from a London dealer between 1997-2002, formerly in an English Private Collection in the 1950's

    For a similar volute krater depicting the naiskos scene also by the Patera Painter, cf. A.D. Trendall, Red Figure Vases of South Italy and Sicily, (London 1989) figs.229-30.