Katalog der Archäologischen Ausstellung (22 Mai-31 August 1893), Wien, 1893, no. 1023.
J. D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Oxford, 1963, p. 363, no. 25.
The Triptolemos Painter was active in Athens from the 480s to the 470s B.C., painting alongside such great Archaic artists as the Kleophrades and Berlin Painters who were working during the first quarter of the 5th Century B.C.; painting and potting link his work with Douris. Prof. Sir John Boardman describes him as accomplished and versatile, and Beazley admired his 'accomplished, strong, pure' expression of Late Archaic art.
The Triptolemos Painter, who takes his name from a vase depicting the departure of Triptolemos, started his career as a cup-painter but turned his hand to a variety of vase shapes. The above vase is highly unusual in shape (the only one under his name listed by Beazley), its fine contours and tooling clearly recalling a metal vase shape. The angled lip, with its two zones of decoration, is perhaps unique. The decoration is exquisitely executed, from the friezes adorning the lip to the elegant florals which recall the Berlin Painter's work.