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Greek Apulian Pottery Lekanis w/ Heracles Knot Handle Lot 25C Part of a live auction event on Thursday, Aug 2

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Seller: artemisgallerylive (37) 100%, Location: Louisville, Colorado, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 263839702855 LOT 25CSeller's Estimate: USD 1,600 - 2,400 Magna Graecia, Southern Italy, Apulian, ca. 340 to 325 BCE. A beautiful wheel-thrown pottery lidded lekanis of wondrous beauty and exceptional form. The bottom half of the vessel is comprised of a wide, lipped basin decorated with interior concentric circles, with an enclosed linear motif around the exterior shoulder, and all sitting upon a petite footed base. The ornate lid is decorated with black linear designs around the exterior rim, with a lipped sunburst tondo at the center, and a pair of "lady of fashion" faces in classic red-figure presentation. Unique to this vessel are the feathered wings with each female portrait; representative of "Eros," they could perhaps be a subtle depiction of either Persephone or Demeter. A Herakles-knot handle arches above both women and the central tondo, and the entire vessel is detailed with black, white, gold, and ruby-hued painted decorations atop a red ground with silvery areas of iridescence. A gorgeous vessel with lovely embellishments and unusual characterization! Size: 4.5" W x 4" H (11.4 cm x 10.2 cm). Lidded lekanides were cosmetic containers, often given by fathers to brides on their wedding day. The lady of fashion motif complements this - often thought to represent a young woman on her wedding day. Each lady wears a kekryphalos hairstyle, earrings, and a beaded necklace. This vessel has a very interesting iridescent patina that gives it a sparkling appearance. For an example of the winged lady of fashion depiction, please refer to the following example. The example in the link provided is not of the same pottery type and is also in mint condition, but imagery is quite similar: http://www.apoloniagallery.com/items/1268018/Mint-Greek-Apulian-Lidded-Mug-Ex-Kantharos-Group Provenance: private Houston, Texas, USA collection; ex-Bonham's London Antiquities Auction, 8 May, 2013, lot 61; ex-private Austrian family collection, formed in the 19th century, thence acquired by descent to the research chemist, Dr. Erwin Hoess (1909-1985) All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #132915 Condition Report: Handle reattached to top portion with small chips and adhesive residue along break lines. Surface wear commensurate with age, small hole on top of tondo, fading to painted details and coloration, small chips to handle, rim of base, foot, and rim of top, with minor areas of roughness, otherwise excellent. Light earthen deposits within recessed areas, and lovely silver iridescence on most black surfaces. Payment: The buyer is responsible for paying the seller directly after winning the item. Details on accepted payment methods and where to send payment are provided in an invoice from the seller. Shipping: The buyer is responsible for paying all shipping costs and arranging for shipping and delivery with the seller. Additional shipping details from the seller: Auction House will ship, at Buyer's expense For more information see terms and conditions Knowing when to bid: An event can last a few hours. To help figure out when an item will come up for auction, watch the pace of the event and keep in mind that items usually come up in lot order.Antiquities | Egypt, Greece, Italy, Asia offered by Artemis Gallery Thursday, August 02, 2018 | 07:00AM GMT-07:00 Louisville, Colorado, USA

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