A monumental Attic black-figure lidded amphora (Type A)
Lot 12* W
A monumental Attic black-figure lidded amphora (Type A)
£ 180,000 - 220,000
US$ 240,000 - 290,000

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2 Oct 2014, 10:30 BST

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
A monumental Attic black-figure lidded amphora (Type A) A monumental Attic black-figure lidded amphora (Type A) A monumental Attic black-figure lidded amphora (Type A) A monumental Attic black-figure lidded amphora (Type A)
A monumental Attic black-figure lidded amphora (Type A)
Attributed to the Leagros Group, circa 510-500 B.C.
Side (a) depicting the apotheosis of Herakles, the hero holding his characteristic club, standing in a quadriga flanked by the Goddess Athena with tall crested helmet and draped in a himation, holding the reins of the quadriga with the four horses in front, the god Apollo playing his kithara and accompanied by a small faun standing on the far side of the horses, with Hermes wearing a petasos and winged boots leading the procession, Dionysus with a long beard and wearing a wreath following at the rear of the procession, side (b) depicting a Dionysiac scene with the god standing in the centre of the panel wearing a long himation and holding a kantharos, turning back to look at a maenad standing behind, a satyr holding a kitharos standing to the far left, with another maenad raising an oinochoe and another satyr to the far right, a pair of long-horned goats walking amongst them, a lotus-palmette chain along the top of each panel, rays at the base, the sides of the handles decorated with ivy, the lid decorated with a band of ivy at the rim, rays at the pomegranate-shaped knob, graffito on the foot: ΔΕ, 27½in (70cm) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Swiss private collection.
    Cahn Auktionen AG, Basel, Auktion 6, 5 November 2011, lot 79
    Estate of Monique Nordmann (d. 2010), Geneva, Switzerland. Nordmann was an archaeologist and author associated with the Pierre Arnaud Foundation.
    Pierre and Denise Nonnweiler Collection, Brussels, Belgium, in the possession of their family prior to World War II.

    Accompanied by copy of a thermoluminescence test from Archaeolabs TL.

    Literature:
    The Leagros Group were active circa 520-500 B.C. and were the last important group of Attic vase painters to paint large-format images on vases in the black-figure style. The number of type A amphorae such as this by artists of the Leagros group is comparably low compared to the large number of neck amphorae and hydriai.

    They portrayed vigorous and complex scenes with overlapping figures echoing the innovations of their red-figure contemporaries, the Pioneer Group, but still within the traditions of black-figure painting. The liquid and free lines of the figures of the Nordmann Amphora suggest that it can be dated to the later phase of Leagros group, with similarities to the bilingual work of the Nikoxenos Painter.

    For further discussion of the Leagros Group see, J.D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Oxford, 1963, 354-391; and J.D. Beazley, Paralipomena. Additions to Attic black-figure vase-painters and to Attic red-figure vase-painters, Oxford, 1971, p. 161-172.

    For a similar scene of the apotheosis of Herakles on another Type A amphora belonging to the Leagros Group now in the British Museum, cf. J.D. Beazley, Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters, Oxford, 1956, no. 367.89; For a similar Dionysiac scene to that on side (b) now in the De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, cf. op. cit., no.367.92. For an example with goats by the Chiusi Painter, now in the Antikensammlung Berlin, inv. no. F1827, cf. J.D. Beazley, Paralipomena, Oxford, 1971, no.170.5.

    The graffito on the Nordmann amphora appears to be a variant of Johnston's Type 17 E(iii) which occurs on a hydria by the Leagros group: A. Johnston, Trademarks on Greek Vases, Warminster, 1979, no. 28.
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