A large Roman Redware Dish, Late Imperial Period, ca. 4th century CE
RP2102Regular price $1,500 USD
This large redware dish is an excellent example of African Red Slipware (ARS) produced during the Roman Late Imperial Period. This example is typical of the type, with its slight sheen to the orange-red burnished slip. It stands on a raised ring base, has shallow sloping sides and an everted rim, and is decorated with a thin double band encircling the rim and another around the tondo.
Background: African Red Slip was the final development of terra sigillata. It was heavily influenced by the earlier Arretine ware from Italy and Samain ware from Gaul, but was by far the most successful and popular type, flourishing for almost five hundred years. Produced in the North African provinces of Africa Proconsularis, Byzacena, and Numidia in modern-day Tunisia, it gained popularity throughout the empire in the third century, overtaking the previous two types. Characterized by a thick orange-red slip over granular fabric, and decorated either plainly with simple grooves as seen here, or later, more elaborately with either applique reliefs or stamped motifs of palm leaves, animals, humans, mythological scenes, and eventually Christian symbols.
Ref: Charleston, R.J., Roman Pottery, London: Faber and Faber (1955), pp. 21 - 23, pl. 23B.
Dimensions: Diameter: 12 inches (30.5 cm), Height: 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm)
Condition: A minor chip to the rim, and minor expected surface wear, overall intact and in very good condition.
Provenance: Private European collection, acquired October 31, 1970. With old sticker on the base reading '31.10.70 / Ain Mdeker.' Ain Mdeker is a spring in Tunisia.
A Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp, ca. 1st century CE
RT2102Regular price $575 USD
A large redware oil lamp covered in a deep orange-red slip, with a round body, large handle at the back, and elongated nozzle with large wick hole, sitting on a round base, the sloping shoulders decorated with two registers of incised lines, the concave discus featuring a bounding hare in repoussé over two small filling holes.
Dimensions: Length: 5 inches (12.7 cm), Width: 3 3/8 inches (8.57 cm)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Private European collection, acquired October 31, 1970.
An Etruscan Star Pottery Plate, Caere, second half of the 4th century BCE
RP1902Regular price $750 USD
Attributed to the Genucilia Group and made in the Caeretan style, this lovely shallow plate standing on a round, high-walled foot, the face decorated in dark brown with five spiral waves around the wide rim, and a four-pointed star with a triple dot cluster in the tondo.
For similar examples, see Ines Jucker, Italy of the Etruscans (1991), nos. 316-320.
Dimensions: Diameter: 5 5/8 inches(14.3 cm), Height: 2 1/4 inches (5.7 cm)
Condition: Loss to foot as can be seen in the photos, otherwise intact in good condition overall.
Provenance: Private NY collection since 1960s, with collection stickers on base, thereafter private Virginia collection.
An East Greek Wild Goat Fragmented Vessel, Orientalizing Period, ca. 6th century BCE
GP2101Regular price $15,000 USD
Painted pottery was produced in many regions of East Greece, such as North and South Ionia, Aioris, Samos, and Chios, and represents the most elaborate example of East Greek vase painting during the Orientalizing phase of the Archaic period. The decoration employs an outline technique with figures that are freer in posture and composition and more elegant. In this example, the fragmentary body is decorated in umber on buff in two registers separated by broad stripes of dark paint with a frieze of grazing wild goats with high curving horns, and infilling motifs including dotted rosettes and semicircles. The lower part of the vessel is steadily occupied by a band of rays interspersed with small stars.
For the Wild Goat Style, see, Cook, R.M. East Greek Pottery (1997), Boardman,J. Early Greek vase painting (1998) pp.141-176, Cook, R.M. "The wild goat and Fikellura styles: some speculations" OJA 11 (1992) pp.255-266. Schiering,W. Werkstätten orientalisierender Keramik auf Rhodos (1957), Kardara, Ch. Rodiaki Angeiographia (1963).
Condition: Fragmentary as shown with professional infill where required and excellent remaining decoration and polychrome.
Dimensions: Overall diameter: 10 inches (25.4 cm)
Provenance: Private collection of Curtis Brown acquired in the 1970s, thereafter a private Virginia collection.
A Nazca Trophy Stirrup Vessel, Early Intermediate Period, ca. 200 - 400 CE
PP2102Regular price $1,650 USD
This polychrome stirrup vessel is dome-shaped with two spouts joined by a straplike handle, hence the name "double-spout-and-bridge" bottle, a vessel type with a long history in the area. Two identical figures grasping heads in one hand, presumably trophy heads, and staff in the other are represented. Their short bodies float sideways on a clean white background. They wear elaborate costumes consisting of a forehead ornament, mouth mask, pendant disks, necklace, tunic, loincloth, and cape, and have white staring eyes and protruding tongues. Little faces animate the forehead ornament, the whiskers of the mouth mask, and staff, while profile heads appear on the cape. Such masked figures are common in Nazca art, where they are generally identified as mythical beings or demons, or they may depict real masked individuals involved in ritual headhunting.
Condition: Complete, with minor chips to the bridge spout and tips of both spouts restored, and body repaired from a few large pieces with cosmetic blending over the break lines. A lovely example.
Dimensions: Height: 6 1/4 inches (16 cm)
Provenance: Dr. Richard Gill private collection, Orlando, FL acquired from the NY trade.
An Egyptian Green-Glazed Faience Jar, New Kingdom, ca. 1550 - 1069 BCE
EP2102Regular price $550 USD
This miniature green-glazed ceramic jar with a rounded body standing on a flat base with an everted rim and a black lotus flower decorating the lower body.
Dimensions: height: 1 5/8 inches (4.2 cm)
Condition: Surface flaking and minor losses to rim, overall intact and in good condition.
Provenance: Private Arizona collection, acquired in the 1980s.
An Islamic Green Glazed Star Tile, ca. 15th - 16th century
MT1813Regular price $850 USD
Glazed green, with eight symmetrical points, beautiful ring and rosette decoration around the base, and a hole in the center for a rod or pole.
Dimensions: Diameter: 10 1/4 inches (26 cm)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: The Hauge Collection of Ancient & Iranian Art, assembled between 1962 and 1966. Foreign service brothers, Victor and Osborne Hauge, together with their wives Takako and Gratia, assembled their collection of Persian, Japanese, Chinese, and Southeast Asian works of fine and folk art while stationed overseas with the US government after WWII. In consultation with academics and dealers, the Hauges assembled over two decades of what former Freer art director Harold Stern described in 1957 as "without doubt one of the finest private collections in the world". Much of their collection was donated to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute culminating in an exhibition and published catalogue in 2000. The balance, including this object, was inherited by descent in 2016.
A Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp with Murmillo Gladiator, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE
RT2101Regular price $995 USD
Mould-made, of discus type, a murmillo gladiator poised to strike the death blow, standing with his back to the viewer, his right arm raised and holding a short sword, holding a large rectangular shield in his left hand, wearing a helmet and greaves, with concentric bands towards the edge, a filling hole in the lower right quadrant and another above the wick hole, volutes flanking the wide, angular nozzle, with a large wick hole.
The murmillo (plural murmillones) or myrmillo wore a helmet with a stylized fish on the crest (the mormylos or sea fish), as well as an arm guard (manica), a loincloth and belt, a gaiter on his right leg, thick wrappings covering the tops of his feet, and a very short greave with an indentation for the padding at the top of the feet. They are heavily armored gladiators: the murmillo carried a gladius (64 – 81 cm long) and a tall, oblong shield in the legionary style. Murmillones were typically paired with a Thracian opponent, but occasionally with the similar hoplomachus.
Dimensions: Length: 3 1/2 inches (9 cm)
Condition: Rejoined, the back with fill. Overall in very good condition.
Provenance: Private Maryland collection, acquired from the London trade in 2008.
A large Egyptian Pre-Dynastic Blacktop Vessel, Naqada I, ca. 3600 - 3300 BCE
EP2103Regular price $4,950 USD
Standing on a small, flat base tapering sharply upwards to a rounded shoulder under a flared rim and wide mouth, the exterior is coated with a thin red iron-oxide wash and burnished to a lustrous finish, a technique that polished and compacted the surface enabling the vessel to serve more efficiently, if desired, as a container for liquids. It was made using coil construction (the process is still visible on the inside) and smoothed by hand. The top was blackened during firing, resulting in carbonization of the surface and creating the distinctive two-toned coloring.
Called B-ware by W.M. Flinders Petrie because of their distinctive black rims, black-topped beakers and bowls made of riverine clay are a hallmark of the Naqada Ic-IIb Period. For very similar examples see:
Berman, Lawrence M., The Cleveland Museum of Art: Catalogue of Egyptian Art, 1999, no. 49.
Kaplan, Julius D., Predynastic Egyptian Pottery in the Collection of the Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, California State University, San Bernadino, 2005, no. 8.
Hayes, William "The Scepter of Egypt, A background study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art" Volume I, Figure 7 page 16.
Detroit Institute of Arts, McKissick Museum and the Earth Sciences and Resources Institute of the University of South Carolina, "The First Egyptians", page 52.
Dimensions: Height: 9 inches (22.5 cm), Width: 4 1/2 inches (11.43 cm)
Condition: The vessel is intact and in excellent condition overall, the burnished red surface exhibits a fine craquelure where preserved, with losses relating to erosion or soluble salt efflorescence particularly to one side where it originally lay. A fine example.
Provenance: From the estate of William B. Grindereng, acquired in the 1960s, thereafter in a private Virginia collection.
A large Etruscan Bucchero Cinerary Urn with Lid, Orientalizing Period, ca. 720 – 580 BCE
RP2001Regular price $6,500 USD
This large pottery vessel was specially created as a funerary urn and once held the ashes of the deceased. Such urns were commonly deposited in chamber tombs that were rock-cut with niches to hold such containers. As cremation and inhumation were employed at the same time in funerary practices throughout Etruria, cinerary urns were sometimes found in the same tombs as sarcophagi. This example is decorated with raised horizontal double bands below the three loop handles that are applied to the shoulder as well as a raised single band above the low flaring foot. The matching lid has a large pointed knob finial and incised concentric rings around the shoulder.
Dimensions: Height: 14 3/4 inches (37.4 cm), Diameter: 8 1/4 inches (21 cm)
Condition: Aside from the base being professionally reattached, the body is intact. The lid is complete, it has been rejoined but not restored so the cracks can be seen when examined closely. Overall the urn is in very good condition. It is a very good example that presents well.
Provenance: NJ private collection, acquired in the 1970s thereafter Egon Bernath private collection, NYC.
A Bronze Age Holyland Amphora, ca. 1700 BCE
MP2002Regular price $950 USD
Covered in orange slip, with a conical body tapering to a point, a flaring neck, wide round mouth, and two loop handles applied to the shoulders.
Dimensions: Height: 8 1/4 inches (21 cm)
Condition: Repaired from several pieces, with some scattered mineral deposits throughout.
Provenance: Robert Feuer private collection, Long Island, NY., acquired in the 1980s.
A Chorrera Orangeware Saucer form Olla, ca. 9th - 4th century BCE
PP005-PBRegular price $550 USD
Pre-Columbian Chorrera ceramics are distinguished by a variety of pleasing imaginative forms and well-finished surfaces and this small olla is no exception. Of saucer form, it is decorated with four abstract anthropomorphic deities along the upper edge.
Dimensions: Diameter: 10.2 cm (4 inches)
Condition: Minor repairs to rim otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Private Swiss collection, acquired in the 1960's.
A good Colima snake vessel, Post Archaic Formative Period, ca. 100 BC - 250 CE
PP002-PBRegular price $600 USD
A nice Pre-Columbian Colima snake vessel, with interesting shape and beautifully burnished glossy brown surfaces with scattered mineral deposits.
Dimensions: Height: 3 inches (7.6 cm), Length: 7 1/4 inches (18.3 cm)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Ex Dr. John Hilsabeck estate, Orange County.
A Colima Redware Dog with Bowl, ca. 100 BCE/CE
PP004-PBRegular price $800 USD
of dark burnished redware, the dog standing on four short legs, facing forward with ears up and teeth bared, a large conical bowl resting on its back.
Dimensions: Height: 12 1/2 inches (31.75 cm), length: 11 inches (28 cm)
Condition: Intact and in good condition overall
Provenance: Ex. Bruce Rogers Collection, San Francisco, CA, acquired 1960s, to current owner by inheritance.
An Early Canaanite Clay Double-Handled Vessel, Early Bronze Age, ca. 3100 - 2900 BCE
MP1901Regular price $600 USD
Of red-burnished slip over thin clay, shaped into a large globular body, wide neck, and two small handles, with incised decoration around the rim.
Dimensions: Height: 7 inches (17.75 cm)
Condition: With mineral deposits on the surface, but intact and in good condition overall.
Provenance: Private Maryland collection, acquired at the NY trade in 2001.
A Greek Redware Plate, ca. 3rd - 1st century BCE
GP1913Regular price $450 USD
With a gently sloping floor and slightly raised rim, sitting on a flat rounded base.
Dimensions: Diameter: 8 1/4 inches (20.9 cm)
Condition: Intact and in good condition.
Provenance: Private Virginia collection, acquired in the 1990s and then by descent.
A Hellenistic Terracotta Brazier Protome, Hellenistic Period, ca. 3rd - 1st century BCE
GT003-PBRegular price $750 USD
the attachment from a brazier, a pottery container for fire, molded within a rectangular framework and set vertically with the head of a man wearing a Phrygian style helmet, his long full beard extended forward to form support for a vessel.
See reference and similar examples: Hayes, John W., Greek and Greek-Style Painted and Plain Pottery in the Royal Ontario Museum, 1992 ROM, fig. 247 - 250.
Dimensions: Height: 10.8 cm (4 1/4 inches)
Condition: Fragmentary at the back from detachment, the front intact and in very good condition overall. Museum quality custom mount.
Provenance: Private Maryland collection acquired between 1968-1969.
A Huge Greek Gnathian Terracotta Skyphos, Magna Graecia, ca. 350 BCE
GP009-PBRegular price $1,200 USD
A large wine-drinking vessel standing on a low rind base with a widening body, slightly lipped rim and two loop handles set perpendicularly to the rim. Body painted with white, yellow, and red grape cluster and vine pattern with several decorative bands above separated by incised lines.
See: Margaret Mayo, The Art of South Italy Vases from Magna Grecia. A Virginia Museum Exhibition.
Dimensions: Height: 9 1/4 inches (23.5 cm), Width: 6 1/2 inches (16.5 cm)
Condition: Paint loss on and about the handles, but intact. Old wax, export seal affixed top base.
Provenance: Private Florida collection, ex Howard Nowes Ancient Art
A Greek Geometric Amphora, Geometric Period, ca. 8th - 6th century BCE
GP007-PBRegular price $5,000 USD
This tall wide-mouthed amphora with applied double loop handled represents the fully developed Geometric style and illustrates the profoundly significant shift of focus from abstract design to figures Decorative bands fill the area above and below the main scene of two long-legged and open winged birds stand on the shoulder. Scattered vine patterns and other shapes fill the background of these scenes. Decorative bands, consisting of concentric ring bands, and lines, in red-brown paint, fill the area above and below the two main figural scenes.
Background: The roots of Classical Greece lie in the Geometric Period from 900 to 700 BC, a time of dramatic transformation that led to the establishment of primary Greek institutions. The Greek city-state (polis) was formed, the Greek alphabet was developed, and new opportunities for trade and colonization were realized in cities founded along the coast of Asia Minor, in southern Italy, and in Sicily. Geometric Greece experienced a cultural revival of its historical past through epic poetry and the visual arts. The eighth century BC was the time of Homer, whose epic poems describe the Greek campaign against Troy (the Iliad) and the subsequent adventures of Odysseus on his return to Ithaca (the Odyssey).
Dimensions: Height: 15 1/2 inches (40 cm)
Condition: Complete and rejoined from approximately 30 original pieces in good condition overall. A very good example of early Greek pottery.
Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired prior to 1970, and to present owner by inheritance.