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Lot 1399

Apulian. Large Red-Figure Bell Krater, ca. 350-340 BC. This vessel was finely potted and painted by a superior artist. One one side it depicts Eros, nude, approaches a maiden, her head turned back, and presents her with a basket of loaves(?) and a fillet, all on a groundline of meanders. A border of laurel leaves above encircles the vase below its exterior rim. Reverse: Two cloak-draped youths stand in conversation, each holding a walking stick; hanging cloth in between. Also a border of meanders beneath. Vase reassembled from large fragments, with modest restoration, with none affecting any significant portions of the figures. Aside from a small patch of flaking and fading on reverse side, the preservation of surfaces is choice, with the glaze mostly glossy and free from weathering. Simple and elegant, with fine figural art, this is a truly choice antiquity! Measures: 29 cm tall; Diameter: 32 cm.
Estimated Value $3,500 - 4,500.
Ex Goldberg Coins and Collectibes (20 September 2003), Lot 423.

Realized $7,500

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