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Greek Attic Black-Glazed Pottery Skyphos

Ancient Greece, Athens, Attic, ca. 5th to early 4th century BCE. A fine wheel-thrown pottery skyphos (cup for drinking wine) with an inverted bell-shaped body, a deep basin, a thin rim, and a pair of parabolic handles, all atop a squat footed base. The exterior and interior of the vessel are covered with rich black glaze save for areas of the rim, handles, and foot, and a reserved register above the foot displays a series of fine black-painted vertical frets. Size: 5.5" W x 2.7" H (14 cm x 6.9 cm).

A stylistically-similar example of a somewhat larger size hammered for EUR 6,875 ($7,860.98) at Christie's, Paris "Collection Jean-Philippe Mariaud de Serres" auction (sale 1054, February 16-17, 2011, lot 265): https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/ancient-art-antiquities/skyphos-a-vernis-noir-attique-circa-veme-5407949-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=5407949&sid=5bc590d7-0006-4d24-b62c-2beb8293a765

Condition: One handle reattached with small chips and light adhesive residue along break lines. Small nicks to rim, handles, body, and base, with light encrustations, and light fading to some glazed areas. Light earthen deposits throughout. Two old inventory labels inside basin.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection, acquired from Arte Primitivo Gallery, New York, New York, USA in 2015; ex-private Michigan, USA collection, acquired from Harmer Rooke Galleries, New York, New York, USA in the 1970s

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