16 June 2006
AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED BELL-KRATER
ATTRIBUTED TO THE PAINTER OF LONDON F1, CIRCA 380 B.C.
The obverse with nude Dionysos seated on his himation, holding a large foliate branch in his left hand, facing an elaborately-draped maenad seated to the left, holding a phiale in her left hand, a winged Nike flying above, a partially-draped maenad behind the god, her head turned back, the scene framed on either side by nude satyrs, that to the right holding a phiale in his left hand, that to the left holding a thyrsos in his right hand, a tympanum below; the reverse with three draped youths, two windows above; a band of meander with checkered squares below the scenes, laurel above, dotted ovolo around the handle-plates, details in added white
13 3/8 in. (34 cm.) high
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 10-11 July 1989, lot 223.
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The Nike, whose flesh is in added white, was originally intended by the artist to be depicted draped, the splaying hem left reserved and preserving some folds in dilute glaze.
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