AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED STAMNOS
AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED STAMNOS
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AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED STAMNOS

ATTRIBUTED TO THE PAINTER OF THE YALE OINOCHOE, CIRCA 470-460 B.C.

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AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED STAMNOS
ATTRIBUTED TO THE PAINTER OF THE YALE OINOCHOE, CIRCA 470-460 B.C.
13 3⁄8 in. (33.9 cm.) high
Provenance
Sir Cecil Algernon Cochrane (1869-1960), Newcastle upon Tyne.
Ralph Holland (1917-2012), Newcastle upon Tyne, acquired by 1963.
Property of a Gentleman; Antiquities, Christie's, London, 12 December 1984, lot 141.
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, acquired from the above (Art of the Ancient World, vol. IV, 1985, no. 98).
Dr. Manfred Zimmermann (1935-2011), Bremen, Germany, acquired from the above, 1987; thence by descent to the current owner.
Literature
J.D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, second edition, vol. 2, Oxford, 1963, p. 1656, no. 6ter.
B. Philippaki, The Attic Stamnos, Oxford, 1967, pp. 71-72, no. 9.
M. Wrey, ed., Christie’s: Review of the Season 1985, London, 1986, p. 363.
T.H. Carpenter, et al., Beazley Addenda, second edition, Oxford, 1989, p. 251, no. 502.6ter.
M. Steinhart, Töpferkunst und Meisterzeichnung: Attische Wein- und Ölgefässe aus der Sammlung Zimmermann, Mainz, 1996, pp. 124-129, no. 28.
M. Philipp, et al., Dionysos: Rausch und Ektase, Munich, 2013, p. 90, no. 8.
F. Hildebrandt, Antike Bilderwelten: Was griechische Vasen erzählen, Darmstadt, 2017, p. 55, fig. 51; p. 145, no. 18.
Beazley Archive Pottery Database nos. 275255 and 16977.
Exhibited
University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Shefton Museum of Greek Art and Archaeology, 1961-1984.
Bremen, Antikenmuseum im Schnoor, 2005-2018.
Hamburg, Bucerius Kunst Forum, Dionysos: Rausch und Ektase, 6 February-10 June 2014.
Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, 2018-2023.

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Lot Essay

A comparatively rare vessel within in the Attic repertoire, the stamnos was used for storing or mixing wine, connected with the worship of Dionysos. Both sides feature Dionysian motifs fitting for its function. On one side, four maenads, wearing peploi, convene around an altar. Three of the four carry torches in both hands while one carries a torch in her raised left hand and a thyrsos in her right. On the other side, a satyr pursues a maenad, who moves to the right but turns back. To either side of the pair is another maenad, the one to the left holding a thyrsos and the one to the right with one hand raised. The scenes are framed by an encircling band of meander below, tongues above, with ovolo on the rim and palmette complexes at the handles.

The Painter of the Yale Oinochoe takes his name from a vessel of that form featuring Poseidon and Theseus in the Yale University Art Gallery. Approximately eleven stamnoi are attributed to his hand and many feature one side with figures around an altar. For another stamnos by the artist, see the example in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, pl. 27, nos. 1-2, in H. W. Catling and T. Mannack, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum: Great Britain, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum.

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