An Attic black-figure column krater
Lot 6*
An Attic black-figure column krater
£40,000 - 60,000
US$ 68,000 - 100,000
withdrawn
Auction Details
An Attic black-figure column krater
Lot Details
An Attic black-figure column krater
Attributed to the Swing Painter, circa 530 B.C.
The decoration enlivened with added white and crimson paint, depicting on side (a) a charioteer, with a crimson beard and hair, draped in his long peplos, departing in a quadriga, accompanied by six male attendants, including a youth to the far left behind the charioteer, wearing a crimson-edged and rosette-covered himation, a bearded attendant in front of the charioteer, enveloped in a similarly-patterned himation, with two bearded attendants standing behind the horses, facing each other, one with his hair and beard in white, the other in crimson, a young boy to the right of the horses, accompanied by a youth holding a staff in his right hand, gesturing with the left, side (b) with two bearded and himation-clad male figures seated facing one another on cross-over stools, the left-hand figure with his hair and beard added in white, the right-hand in crimson, both holding staffs, with a central palm tree between them, flanked by palm trees on the other side, their attendants standing behind, one white haired man walking to the far left, the other a young boy with hair in crimson standing to the far right, the scenes each framed by double columns of vine leaves, crimson bands above and below, a band of short tongues at the base of the neck, rays emanating from the base, a band of meander around the outside rim and linked lotus buds around the top of the rim, palmettes on the projecting handle lugs, crimson bands on the interior and exterior rim, 14½in (36.8cm) width including handles, 12in (30.5cm) high, repaired with minor restoration

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Acquired at Sotheby's London, July 13th-14th, 1987.

    Exhibited:
    On loan to the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, April 2005 - April 2008.
    On loan to the University of Melbourne, Australia, March 1988 - February 1994.

    Published:
    Sotheby's London, Antiquities, July 13th-14th, 1987, lot 440.

    Literature:
    Cf. J. Boardman, Athenian Black Figure Vases, (London 1974) no. 143, where the busy composition, white peplos of the charioteer, and the rosette-covered himatia worn on side (a) can be paralleled with the Swing Painter's belly amphora in the Cincinnati Art Museum depicting Herakles killing Busiris. Also cf. no. 142, the Swing Painter's name vase in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts which provides a similarly serene and spaciously composed scene as on side (b).

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