• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5487

    Antiquities

    29 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 43

    AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURE EYE CUP

    ATTRIBUTED TO THE NIKOSTHENIC WORKSHOP, CIRCA 550-500 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURE EYE CUP
    ATTRIBUTED TO THE NIKOSTHENIC WORKSHOP, CIRCA 550-500 B.C.
    Side A: chariot scene with charioteer and warrior wearing high crested helmet and carrying shield, the scene flanked by two large eyes, vine tendrils with grape bunches in the field
    Side B: chariot scene with young charioteer, flanking eyes, similar grape vines in the field
    Tondo: gorgoneion
    Ivy band groundline below the scenes, black glazed handles, lower body and foot, reserved stem with red painted torus moulding around base, details in added red and white
    11 in. (28 cm.) wide excl. handles


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    Provenance

    Japanese private collection, acquired in the 1990s.