An Attic black-figure amphora (Type B)
Lot 11* W
An Attic black-figure amphora (Type B)
£ 80,000 - 120,000
US$ 100,000 - 160,000

Antiquities

2 Oct 2014, 10:30 BST

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
An Attic black-figure amphora (Type B)
An Attic black-figure amphora (Type B)
Attributed to the Bucci Painter, circa 540 B.C.
With added polychrome decoration, side (a) showing a departure scene, with a bearded charioteer identified as Hipodamas by an inscription in front, wearing a long, patterned chiton and a petasos, driving a quadriga, the departing warrior standing behind, identified by an inscription (Eu[...]lochos), holding a Boeotian shield, wearing a high crested Corinthian helmet and armour, a woman identified as Klerist[e] by an inscription, standing facing the chariot, veiled and draped in a patterned himation over a long chiton, a bearded man wearing a striped himation identified by an inscription as Hipomedon seated on a folding stool to the far right, an inscription below the horses, reading 'peisis kalos'; side (b) with a warrior standing beside his horse, wearing a crested Corinthian helmet and armour, holding two spears in his right hand, a youth standing behind him wearing similar armour, holding a spear in his right hand, his left arm raised in gesture, to the far right an armed soldier wearing a similar helmet with a large circular shield over his shoulder, a nude youth standing before him, with a lotus-palmette chain above each panel and rays at the foot, graffiti on the underside of the foot: ΟΡ, 15¼in (39cm) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Swiss private collection.
    Christie's, New York, 10 June 2010, lot 70.
    American private collection.
    Christie's, New York, 9 December 2005, lot 171.
    European private collection.
    with Gorgoneion Classical Coins and Antiquities, United Kingdom, 1997.

    Published:
    Beazley Archive, no. 9021708.
    E. Kephalidou and D. Tsiaphake, (eds.), Kerameos paides, Antidoro ston Kathegete Michale Tiberio apo tous mathetes tou, Thessalonike, 2012, pp. 40-41, figs. 1-3 (A, B).

    Literature:
    This amphora has been previously identified as the work of the Bucci Painter so-named by von Bothmer from an amphora formerly in the collection of Donato Bucci, now in the New Orleans Museum of Art: H.A. Shapiro, Art, Myth and Culture, Greek Vases from Southern Collections, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1981, p. 72.

    However it has also been suggested that the painter of this vase may be connected to Group E (the E standing for Exekias), a group of Attic black-figure vase painters from whose workshop Exekias is thought to have emerged. This lot demonstrates some similarities to painters such as the Towry Whyte Painter and the group of London B 174. For further discussion of the group, see J. Beazley, Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters, Oxford, 1956, pp. 133-143 and J. Boardman, Athenian Black-figure Vases, London, 1974, p. 62.

    For an overview of farewells in Attic black-figure vase painting, see A.B. Spiess, Der Kriegerabschied auf attischen Vasen der archaischen Zeit, Frankfurt, 1992.
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