11 December 2003
AN EGYPTIAN POLYCHROME FAIENCE VASE
Ptolemaic Period, Circa 3rd-1st Century B.C.
Ovoid in form and egg-shell thin, pale blue in color with the ornament in white, including a central frieze with a reclining symposiast toasting a companion seated on a stack of pillows, with six ecstatically dancing women to the right, a figure playing the double flute, and more dancers further to the right, the frieze framed above by a band of wave, a band of ivy and berries, blue on white, below, a band of hound's tooth above the off-set foot, and bands of swags, guilloche and rosettes on the shoulders, the cylindrical neck and flaring rim now lost
5½ in. (14 cm.) high
French Private Collection, 1960s.
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For a similar example see pp. 84-96, figs. 27-31 in M.-D. Nenna and M. Seif el-Din, La Vaisselle en faïence d'Époque Gréco-Romaine.
Kept under wraps for almost a century, this superb collection comes into the light with its sale at Christie's in Paris on 30 October
The theoretical physicist’s PhD thesis, key papers, wheelchair and more, offered in a special online sale at Christie's