8 June 2005
THE PROPERTY OF A
A GREEK BRONZE OINOCHOE
ARCHAIC PERIOD, CIRCA MID 6TH CENTURY B.C.
The hammered vessel on a separately-made splayed foot, with an ovoid body, short tapering neck and trefoil mouth, the separately-cast handle with rotellae at the join to the rim, the grip inlaid with iron
13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm.) high
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 31 May 1997, lot 88.
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Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
Ahead of the sale of portraits of four different muses, we focus on the women the artist came to depend on so passionately