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    Sale 5399


    30 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 112


    CIRCA 420-400 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    CIRCA 420-400 B.C.
    Finely painted with a laurel band below the rim
    Side A: Two athletes stand facing one another, to the left the young man holds a staff in his left hand, to the right the smiling youth wears a laurel wreath in his curled hair, a himation over his left shoulder, holding stick in left hand and aryballos suspended from strings in his outstretched right, a reserved decorative frieze containing meander and cross forms the ground-line
    Side B: Two draped youths face one another, one holding a staff, an animal pelt hanging in the field between them, ground-line as on side A
    10¾ in. (27.5 cm.) high

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    A. D. Trendall, The Red-Figured vases of Lucania, Campania and Sicily, Oxford 1967, p. 39, no. 168 (85).

    This vase was produced in Lucania, an ancient district of Southern Italy. Attic pottery dominated the export market in the 5th Century B.C. and was so popular that local South Italian workshops or 'schools' developed, strongly influenced by Attic style but producing exclusively for local markets. It is attributed to the Amykos Painter, one of the finest Lucanian painters, who takes his name from the representation of the punishment of Amykos on the shoulder of a vessel in the Cabinet des Médailles in Paris. He was active at the end of the 5th Century B.C., working from around 430 to 400 B.C.; over half of his extant vases are bell-kraters.

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    Property from the Collection of the Princely House of Liechtenstein; acquired by Prince Johann II (1840-1929) in the late 19th/early 20th Century.