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    12 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 18

    AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED LIP-CUP

    ATTRIBUTED TO THE TLESON PAINTER, SIGNED BY TLESON AS POTTER, CIRCA 545 B.C.

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    AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED LIP-CUP
    ATTRIBUTED TO THE TLESON PAINTER, SIGNED BY TLESON AS POTTER, CIRCA 545 B.C.
    Each side with a siren facing left, an inscription below, reading, "Tleson, son of Nearchos, made [this]," the handles flanked by palmettes; the reserved tondo with two rings around a central dot; details in added red and white
    9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm.) diameter, excluding handles


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    Tleson was a potter specializing in Little-Master Cups. J.D. Beazley considered that the majority of Tleson's cups were the work of one painter, whom he called the Tleson Painter. According to J. Boardman (Athenian Black Figure Vases, p. 60), "Tleson is the classic Little Master, no doubt painter and potter, and always naming his father, the painter Nearchos, in his signatures." P. Heesen (Athenian Little-Master Cups, p. 178) lists 237 cups and fragments attributed to the potter Tleson, the Tleson Painter or both, with lip-cups by far in the majority.

    Provenance

    J.L. Theodor, Brussels.
    The J.L. Theodor Collection; Sotheby's, New York, 17 December 1998, lot 83.
    with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York.
    Acquired by the current owner from the above, 1999.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF CHARLES BRICKBAUER, BALTIMORE


    Literature

    P. Heesen, The J.L. Theodor Collection of Attic Black Figure Vases, Allard Pierson Series, vol. 10, 1996, no. 33.
    H.A.G. Brijder and C.M. Stibbe, "A Bronze Cup in the Allard Pierson Museum," in BABesch 72, 1997, p. 28, figs. 9a-b.
    B. Fellmann, "Zur Chronologie des Tleson Malers," in Bentz, 2002, p. 115, no. 30 and App. I.5.
    P. Heesen, Athenian Little-Master Cups, Amsterdam, 2011, p. 302, no. 369, pl. 103c.
    Beazley Archive Database no. 19880.
    Corpus of Attic Vase Inscriptions Database no. 2959a.


    Exhibited

    Amsterdam, Allard Pierson Museum, The J.L. Theodor Collection of Attic Black Figure Vases, 30 November 1996-9 March 1997.