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A LUCANIAN RED-FIGURED VOLUTE-KRATER
A LUCANIAN RED-FIGURED VOLUTE-KRATER

ATTRIBUTED TO THE PRIMATO PAINTER, CIRCA 360-350 B.C.

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A LUCANIAN RED-FIGURED VOLUTE-KRATER
ATTRIBUTED TO THE PRIMATO PAINTER, CIRCA 360-350 B.C.
The obverse with a youthful Herakles and a standing female, the hero standing to the left, depicted nude, his lionskin enveloping his left arm and falling to the ground, his club leaning against his arm, a fillet in his hair, a branch in his raised right hand, the female standing to the right, clad in a diaphanous peplos and a rayed sphendone, a filleted branch in her left hand, a phiale in her right, the neck with two Erotes before an altar, that to the left stepping up on a rock, holding two branches, that to the right alighting, tipping a phiale above the flames in his right hand; the reverse with a nude youth before a female, the female to the left seated on a rocky outcrop, wearing a chiton and a rayed sphendone, a basket with branches in her left hand, a thyrsos in her right, the youth standing to the right, his mantle draped around his left arm, a fillet in his hair, the neck with two nude satyrs, a bearded satyr to the left, moving right, holding two torches, a youthful satyr to the right, moving right but looking back, a situla in his right hand, a thyrsos in his left, two four-petaled rosettes in the field; S's encircling below, dotted tongues between bands of wave on the shoulders, laurel below the rim, S's below, wave above, fanning palmettes with scrolling tendrils below the handles, molded duck heads on the shoulders, S's edging the volutes on the obverse, dots on the reverse, facing bearded satyr heads as the mascaroons; details in added white
23¾ in. (60.3 cm.) high
Provenance
James-Alexandre Compte de Pourtalès-Gorgier (1776-1855), Paris. The Pourtalès-Gorgier sale; Pillet and Escribe, Paris, 6 February 1865, lot 272.
Anonymous sale; Pierre Bergé & Associés, Paris, 28 March 2008, lot 209.

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Lot Essay

According to Trendall (The Red-Figured Vases of Lucania, Campania and Sicily, pp. 162-163), the Primato Painter "shows a great prediliction for elaborate decorative patterns...which he draws with considerable skill and elegance." Trendall further asserts that among the painter's especial favorite subjects is Herakles, as we see here on the obverse.

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