• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5487

    Antiquities

    29 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 246

    A PAESTAN RED-FIGURE AMPHORA

    ATTRIBUTED TO THE APHRODITE PAINTER, CIRCA 340-320 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A PAESTAN RED-FIGURE AMPHORA
    ATTRIBUTED TO THE APHRODITE PAINTER, CIRCA 340-320 B.C.
    Side A: standing female figure, wearing chiton with chequer-pattern bands, holding wreath and laden phiale, facing standing nude youth holding a mirror, leaning on staff with cloak over left arm, dotted rosettes and window in the field, neck with profile female head wearing foliate wreath, necklace and earrings, bands of wave and laurel on shoulder; side B: two facing draped youths, rosettes and window in the field, the neck with profile female head, bands of chevrons and rays on shoulder; palmettes and foliate tendrils under handles, band of wave below, details in added yellow and white
    19½ in. (49.5 cm.) high


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    A. D. Trendall writes that the Aphrodite Painter is "..a painter of the highest significance, since he was the first of the Apulianising artists at Paestum...on his coming to Paestum, the Aphrodite Painter seems to have joined the workship of Asteas and Python and, under their influence, soon begins to paestanise."

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    Provenance

    With Galerie am Museum, Freiburg.
    With Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1983, Art of the Ancient World, vol.III, no. 13.
    With Old World Galleries, New York.
    Sold Christies, New York, The Morven Collection of Ancient Art, 8 June 2004, lot 369.


    Literature

    A. D. Trendall, The Red-figured Vases of Paestum, Hertford, 1987, no. 2/970, pl. 149a-c.