An Attic red-figure amphora (Type B)
Lot 13W
An Attic red-figure amphora (Type B)
£ 80,000 - 120,000
US$ 110,000 - 170,000

Antiquities

2 Oct 2014, 10:30 BST

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
An Attic red-figure amphora (Type B) An Attic red-figure amphora (Type B)
An Attic red-figure amphora (Type B)
Attributed to the Leningrad Painter, circa 470-460 B.C.
Depicting on side (a) a youth in high-laced leather boots with a cloak draped over his left shoulder, a petasos over his back, a sword at his side hanging from a baldric over his shoulder, holding a spear in his left hand, his right hand outstretched to clasp the hand of an older man in front, dressed in a himation with soft shoes, his hair and beard white, holding a staff, flanked by a woman on the far left, holding a phiale and oinochoe for a libation, on the far right a draped bearded man holding a staff, the scene identified as the arrival of the Athenian hero, Theseus, welcomed home by his royal father, Aigeus, after his journey back from Troezen, side (b) with four draped figures including two men and two women, the panels on both sides framed vertically with pomegranate-chain, above with pendant lotus-buds, and below with a ground-line of continuous meander, graffito on underside of foot, 20¼in (51.5cm) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Private collection, Switzerland.
    Christie's, South Kensington, 06 October 2011, lot 86.
    English private collection, Bedfordshire, acquired by inheritance from his grandparents in 1975.

    Published:
    Beazley Archive no: 9028595

    Literature:
    This amphora was attributed to the Leningrad Painter by J.M. Padgett. This amphora is only the second complete example known by the Leningrad Painter, a prominent member of the workshop of Early Mannerists, pupil of Myson and "brother" of the Pig Painter. Beazley first used the term mannerist to denote a group of painters who, at the time of radical change in artistic expression with the emergence of a new Classical style, chose to adhere to the Archaic tradition.

    For the Leningrad Painter and his works see: J. D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, vol. I, Oxford, 1963, pp. 567-574; and vol. II, p. 1659; M. Robertson, The Art of Vase-Painting in Classical Athens, Cambridge, 1992, pp. 143-150; T. Mannack, The Late Mannerists in Athenian Vase-Painting, Oxford, 2001.

    The other complete amphora type B by the Leningrad Painter is in The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, inv. no. B 2228: J. D. Beazley, ARV2 p. 570, no.70, Para. 513. However the closest example to this lot, both in style and ornament, is a once heavily restored amphora in the Vatican, Museo Gregoriano Etrusco, inv. no. 17887: J. D. Beazley, ARV2, p. 573, no.11, which Beazley rightly observed 'should be by the painter himself'. For a somewhat comparable scene of Theseus being greeted by his father on his arrival in Athens by the Oinanthe Painter, a related Early Mannerist, see the amphora type B in London, British Museum E 264: J. D. Beazley, ARV2, p.579; T. Mannack, op. cit., p.21, fig. 3.7.

    On the foot's reserved underside there is a small Etruscan numerical graffito. Prof. Alan W. Johnston has identified the graffito as the Etruscan notation for the number 35.
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