• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5487

    Antiquities

    29 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 58

    AN ATTIC RED-FIGURE NOLAN AMPHORA

    ATTRIBUTED TO THE BERLIN PAINTER, CIRCA 470 B.C.

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    AN ATTIC RED-FIGURE NOLAN AMPHORA
    ATTRIBUTED TO THE BERLIN PAINTER, CIRCA 470 B.C.
    Side A: figure of Dionysos standing frontally, wearing a full-length chiton and himation draped over his left shoulder, holding thyrsos in his left hand, kantharos in his right, his head in profile to the right, hair dressed with a wreath and falling in three strands over right shoulder
    Side B: a fleeing maenad, advancing to the right, looking back over right shoulder, hair bound in a fillet tied at the back, her himation falling in thick folds over an ankle-length chiton, holding thyrsos in left hand, oinochoe in right, on a meander groundline
    14 in. (35.5 cm.) high


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    For the treatment of the maenad, cf. J. D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Oxford, 1963, p. 202, no. 76. Beazley makes a comparison between a lekythos with Dionysos, in the Manner of the Berlin Painter, and this nolan amphora, cf. J. D. Beazley, Paralipomenia. Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Oxford, 1971, p. 346.

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    Provenance

    Formerly in the Earl of Sligo collection, Westport, Ireland;
    Private collection, Scarsdale, New York; sold Münzen und Medaillen AG, Basel, Switzerland, auction 18, 29 November 1958, lot 118, pl. 38.


    Literature

    J. D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, vol. II, Oxford, 1963, p. 203, no. 91.