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Large Gnathian Terracotta Krater - Ex-Queen Margot Lot 30 Part of a live auction event on Wednesday, Jun 20

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Seller: artemisgallerylive (37) 100%, Location: Louisville, Colorado, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 263731958123 LOT 30Seller's Estimate: USD 3,500 - 5,000 Classical World, Magna Graecia, southern Italy, Apulia, Gnathian, ca. 360 to 325 BCE. A huge pottery krater (wine-mixing vessel) with a small footed base, gradually expanding walls, a deep interior cavity, a collared rim, and a pair of semicircular handles, each with a pierced suspension hole. The front displays a beautiful scene of white and orange leaves below the rim, drooping grape vines, and a stylized red sash enclosing either side of a courtesan's mask decorated with a creamy white face and fiery auburn hair, all atop a lustrous black-glazed ground. The verso is decorated with a lengthy white-painted bar enclosed with miniscule stippled borders. Though the rim and foot are unglazed, the overall elegance of this vessel is amplified by the reflective silver iridescence coating most of the exterior black ground. A lovely example that demonstrates skillful technique and a refined polychromatic effect characteristic of Gnathia. Size: 14" W x 9.3" H (35.6 cm x 23.6 cm). Gnathia ware is named for the site where it was first discovered - the Apulian site of Egnathia (also Gnatia, Egnatia, Ignazia). Apulian vase painters created this style, Gnathian ware, where the entire vessel was glazed black - meant to emulate the look of fine bronze - then painted with floral or other decorative motifs in red, creamy white, and orange/yellow pigments. Scholars believe that its production most likely was centered around Taras, with primary workshops in Canosa and Egnathia, the town where the style was perfected. The quantity and quality of Greek colonial Apulian potters increased significantly following the Peloponnesian War when Attic exports dramatically decreased. Apulian artistry demonstrates influences of Ionian (Athenian, Attic) conventions, as well as Doric (western colonial Greek) styles, with a palpable native Italian aesthetic. For a stylistically similar Gnathian vessel with a courtesan's mask, please see The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 65.11.15: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/255196 Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-La Reine Margot, a third generation antiquities dealer in Paris, France 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. #135094 Condition Report: Vessel repaired from multiple large pieces with some restoration, overpainting, and small losses along break lines. Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age as expected, small chips to rim, foot, body, and interior, and fading and losses to pigmentation and glazing. Great silvery iridescence across most glazed surfaces, and nice earthen deposits throughout. 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.Exceptional Day 1 | Antiquities, Asian, Russian, Fine Art offered by Artemis Gallery Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | 07:00AM GMT-07:00 Louisville, Colorado, USA

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