London, South Kensington
15 May 2002
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DESMOND MORRIS: LOTS 1-134, 343-345, 371 AND 389-390
AN APULIAN RED-FIGURE BELL KRATER, ATTRIBUTED TO THE TARPORLEY PAINTER
CIRCA 380-370 B.C.
Side A: a Dionysiac scene, a draped maenad running to the right, carrying tambourine, turning back towards a young Dionysos with thyrsos and a kantharos in his hand, a prancing satyr in front, wearing short boots, carrying a flaming torch and a kalyx krater on his shoulder
Side B: three draped youths, one with staff
Elaborate palmettes beneath the handles, a band of meander with crossed squares below, laurel wreath beneath the rim, repaired with some repainting
15 3/8 in. (39 cm.) high
Formerly in the Rycroft collection. The monogram of this British collector (1838-1884) appears on the base; his collection was sold by a descendant in 1915 at auction in London.
Sotheby's London, 19 May 1975, lot 212.
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A. D. Trendall and A. Cambitoglou, The Red-Figured Vases of Apulia, I, Oxford, 1978, p. 50, no. 37.
Old collection monogram lettered in white ink on the foot and on ink inscribed label, "CAWR 12".
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