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AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED NECK-AMPHORA
AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED NECK-AMPHORA
AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED NECK-AMPHORA
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AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED NECK-AMPHORA

ATTRIBUTED TO THE THREE-LINE GROUP, CIRCA 520 B.C.

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AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED NECK-AMPHORA
ATTRIBUTED TO THE THREE-LINE GROUP, CIRCA 520 B.C.
The obverse with the goddess Athena driving a chariot pulled by horses, the hero Herakles by her side, the reverse with Dionysus and Ariadne drinking, surrounded by satyrs, the main scene of the vase with the name of the goddess depicted (Athena) and with a dedication to ‘Hipokrates Kalos’ (Hipokrates is beautiful)
10 ½ in. (26.8 cm.) high
Provenance
Castellani collection, Rome, gifted to Rugby School prior to 1885.

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PUBLISHED:
T.M. Lindsay, ‘Art teaching at Rugby School’, in, The Art Journal, New Series, XLVII, London, 1885, p. 49.
J.D. Beazley, Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters, Oxford, 1956, p. 321, no. 9.
T.H. Carpenter (et. al.), Beazley Addenda, Oxford, 1989, p. 86.
Beazley Archive Pottery Database no. 301680.

The Castellani family was an Italian dynasty of jewellers and collectors based in Rome, where Fortunato Pio Castellani founded the business in the early 19th Century. It was one of his sons, Alessandro Castellani (1823-1883), who expanded the business abroad, first in Paris and then in London. The workshop's designs were inspired by ancient and Medieval jewellery and reproduced ancient techniques such as granulation and filigree. Alessandro Castellani was a highly respected collector and connoisseur, who advised important institutions such as the Louvre and the British Museums on their acquisitions.
According to Beazley, the Three-Line Group consists of neck-amphorae of relatively small size and of good quality. Like in this example, the decorative pattern below the figures is framed by groups of three lines.

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