12 June 2000
AN ATTIC PHIALE IN SIX'S TECHNIQUE
circa late 6th century b.c.
With a symposium scene of four reclining couples divided by slender Doric columns, including a bearded man embracing a hetaira, two symposiasts reclining to the left, a reclining woman looking towards a man playing the double-flute, and a man, partly preserved, looking towards a hetaira playing the double flute; the omphalos with concentric bands, framed by radiating lines
8 in. (20.32 cm) diameter
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Six's technique takes its name from the scholar Jan Six who first studied this group of vases with their figures in white or red applied over the black glaze, with incised details revealing the black glaze below rather than the natural red color of the clay.
Provenance: Münzen und Medaillen, Auktion 26, 1963, lot 122.
Decorative and dangerous, the most impressive group of courtly quality weapons to come to auction in well over a generation
This month, Christie’s offers one of the American artist’s large-scale works. In October, she will tackle the monumental proportions of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall