An Attic black-figure neck amphora
Lot 3*
An Attic black-figure neck amphora
Sold for £30,000 (US$ 50,424) inc. premium
Auction Details
An Attic black-figure neck amphora
Lot Details
An Attic black-figure neck amphora
Attributed to the Circle of the Antimenes Painter, circa 530 B.C.
The decoration enlivened with added crimson slip, side (a) depicting a bearded charioteer draped in a long chiton and driving a quadriga with the horses rearing, accompanied by a running hound and a flying bird, side (b) with two confronted bearded nude warriors, their swords drawn and held behind them, clutching scabbards in their other hands, with encircling bands of linked lotus buds and meander below the groundline, a band of rays emanating from the base, a ring of tongues below the neck, a frieze of linked palmettes and lotuses around the neck, 15 1/8in (38.5cm) high, repaired and restored


  • Provenance:
    Acquired at Sotheby's London, December 8th, 1994.

    On loan to the Borchardt Library, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, February 1997 - April 2008.
    On loan to the University of Melbourne, March 1988 - August 1993.

    Sotheby's London, Antiquities, December 8th, 1994, lot 126.
    Sotheby's London, Antiquities, December 14th, 1981, lot 336.

    Cf. J. Boardman, Athenian Black Figure Vases, (London 1974), pp, 109-111, no.s 186-191.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this vase is by the Painter of the Vatican 365, not the circle of the Antimenes Painter. Cf.J.D. Beazley, Attic Black Figure Vases-Painters, (Oxford 1956), 312.4-5, in Altenburg, Staatliches Lindenau-Museum, 211. It has also been published in an article by Peter Connor, Melbourne.
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