An Attic black-figure eye-cup

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Lot 42
An Attic black-figure eye-cup

Sold for £ 25,000 (US$ 31,086) inc. premium
An Attic black-figure eye-cup
Attributed to the Nikosthenic Workshop, circa 550-510 B.C.
With added details in red and white, side A depicting a chariot scene of a quadriga with a charioteer and a warrior wearing a high-crested Attic helmet, flanked by large eyes, with trailing vines around the handles, side B with a youth driving a chariot, flanked by eyes, the interior tondo decorated with a gorgoneion, 28cm diam. excl. handles

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Private collection, Japan, acquired in 1990s.
    Japanese art market.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 29 April 2010, lot 43.

    For an eye-cup signed by Nikosthenes with chariot scene and similar vine decoration see an example in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, acc. no. 14.136, and J. Beazley, Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters, Oxford, 1956, p.232, no. 13. The Nikosthenic Workshop was best known for its production of Etruscan-shaped broad flat handled amphorae intended for export to the Etruscan market, although the decoration remained traditionally Attic in subject and style as can be seen on this eye-cup.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the provenance for this lot should read: with D. J. Crowther Ltd, London, prior to 1968 (as advertised in Antike Kunst, vol. 11, 1968, Heft 1, p. vii). Private collection, Japan, acquired in 1990s. Japanese art market. Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 29 April 2010, lot 43.
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