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    Sale 5399

    Antiquities

    30 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 119

    AN ATTIC RED-FIGURE KALPIS, RECALLING EUTHYMIDES

    LATE 6TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN ATTIC RED-FIGURE KALPIS, RECALLING EUTHYMIDES
    LATE 6TH CENTURY B.C.
    The black-glazed body with reserved band running between the two horizontal handles containing double ivy leaf frieze, the panel of decoration on the shoulder framed by dotted border on three sides, showing three maenads dancing ecstatically; they wear long chitons with panther pelts over their shoulders and knotted at the neck, the figure on the left with head thrown back, holds a thyrsos in right hand and a snake in the left, the other two maenads hold krotolae (clappers) in both hands, the figure to the right has a snake in her hair, her leg is shown suggestively through her diaphanous drapery, the two other maenads are shown with blond hair
    15 in. (38 cm.) high


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    PUBLISHED:
    J. D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Oxford, 1963, p. 34, no. 17.

    The Kalpis was introduced as a hydria shape by about 520 B.C. With a smaller neck than the traditional black-figure type of hydria, a continuous body profile and a rolled lip, it became the preferred shape of water jar of the red-figure vase painters. Euthymides was one of the 'Pioneer Group', along with Euphronios, Phintias and others; they were pioneers of the new red-figure technique of painting on vases, consummate artists who formed a coherent group and started a movement. This vase is by a painter of the Pioneer Group, active at the end of the 6th Century B.C.

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    Provenance

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