9 December 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 23,750
AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED BELL-KRATER
ATTRIBUTED TO THE KADMOS PAINTER, CIRCA 420 B.C.
The obverse with a sacrifice scene, with two draped youths leading a bull as an offering, each with a wreath in his curly hair, one standing beside the bovine, one before it, each holding the ties, a garland hanging from the bull's horn, a tree between, a bucranion above, an ithyphallic bearded herm to the far right; the reverse with three standing draped youths, a quartered ball above; an encircling band of meander and checkered squares below the scenes, laurel below the rim, palmette complexes below the handles, dotted ovolo around the handle roots; several drill holes from ancient repairs throughout; details in added white and red, now mostly lost
13¾ in. (34.9 cm.) high
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Of the Kadmos Painter and his tradition, Boardman notes (Athenian Red Figure Vases, The Classical Period, p. 167), "it is on vases of this tradition that we see more cult and specifically Athenian patriotic themes."
Wilhelm Collection, Switzerland, 1970s.