12 June 2000
AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED COLUMN-KRATER
attributed to the pig painter
circa 480-470 b.c.
The obverse with Theseus dispatching the Minotaur within the Cretan labyrinth, the setting indicated by the rocky ground and a single column, the Athenian hero, wearing a short chiton, lunges forward, gripping the reeling monster by the horn as he prepares to plunge his sword for the final blow, the Minotaur vainly raising his right hand in supplication, one of the monster's last victims, a stone in his hand from his failed defense, collapses to the left partially out of view, while Ariadne looks on from the right, wearing a himation over her chiton and a disk earring, her right hand raised, Ariadne and Theseus both with a wreath in added red; the reverse with three youthful komasts, the figure to the left dipping into a large bell-krater, the youth in the middle, a chlamys draped over his shoulders, walks right but looks back at his companion, a stick in his hand, and a third youth approaches from the right, looking back, a skyphos in his left hand, his chlamys draped over his left forearm; with rays above the foot, both panels framed by ivy at the sides and by tongues above, dotted lotus bud chain on the neck, ivy on the side of the rim, palmettes on the handle-plates and lotus bud chain on the upper surface of the rim, graffito on the underside of the foot
14¾ in. (37.46 cm) high
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Guy in Leipen, et al., Glimpses of Excellence, A Selection of Greek Vases and Bronzes from the Elie Borowski Collection, no. 14.
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 18 December 1984 to 30 June 1985
Introducing the first auction in a series of three offering the collection of Paul Destribats, the Paris-based bibliophile
A cheaper, quicker alternative to oil paint, pastel became the perfect medium for portraits of the middle class