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 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 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.
An Egyptian Pre-Dynastic Nile Clay Redware Vessel, ca. 3500 - 3200 BCE
EP2002Regular price $1,200 USD
This polished red vessel (P-class as per Petrie's classification) is closely allied and has the same surface treatment as the black-topped B-class vessels but lacks the blackened rim and interior. For a similar example cf: McKissick Museum, The First Egyptians, page 108-109.
Condition: The vessel is intact and in excellent condition overall, the burnished red surface exhibits a fine craquelure where preserved, with minor surface losses relating to erosion or soluble salt efflorescence. A fine example.
Dimensions: Height: 3 1/2 inches (8.89 cm)
Provenance: Private New York collection, acquired from the NYC trade in the early 2000s.
A Roman Clay Juglet, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st - 3rd century CE
RP1906Regular price $450 USD
A charming little juglet standing on a small round foot with an ovoid ribbed body, flared flat rim, small round mouth, and small handle applied at the rim and shoulder.
Dimensions: Height: 3 inches (7.5 cm)
Condition: Intact and in good condition.
Provenance: Private Maryland collection, acquired in the 1970s.
A Red-Figure Xenonware Oinochoe, Magna Graecia, ca. late 4th century BCE
GP1908Regular price $2,500 USD
Featuring a lovely red-figure curling scroll of ivy vines above a band of vertical lines, another band of lines decorating the shoulders, the squat form of the body standing on a round foot, an elegant high arching handle, slender neck, and pouring channel with molded tiny masks that flank the base of the spout.
This vase is classified as Xenonware, a collection of Apulian vessels decorated with matte red over black glaze that tended to be small and were most likely used as tomb offerings. Decorative motifs typically include ivy vines, laurel wreaths, key patterns, running esses, chevrons, maeanders, wave patterns, and the occasional bird or animal figure. Xenonware emerged as a hybrid between mainland Greek pottery and colonial Southern Italian manufacturing technique during the mid to late 4th century BCE, and is so named after a kantharos in Frankfurt with the inscription "XENON."
Ref: Padgett, J. Michael, Mary B. Comstock, John J. Herrman, and Cornelius C. Vermeule, Vase Painting in Italy: Red-Figure and Related Works in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1993, pg. 214.
Dimensions: Height: 6 1/4 inches (15.9 cm)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Acquired by the current owner from Antiquarium, Ltd., NY, December 6, 1988. Original purchase paperwork accompanies this object.
A Holy Land Terracotta Vessel, Roman Period, ca. 1st century CE
MP003-PBRegular price $400 USD
of reddish/beige terracotta, the rounded body with thin neck and flared mouth, a handle applied to the rim and shoulder of the vessel.
Dimensions: Height: 5 1/4 inches (13.33 cm)
Condition: Intact and in good condition overall
Provenance: Private Maryland collection, acquired in the 1970s.
An Apulian Gnathian ware Skyphos, ca. 4th century BCE
GP012-PBRegular price $1,200 USD
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall. A very fine example.
Dimensions: 3 1/2 inches (8.9 cm) x 5 3/8 inches (13.65 cm)
Provenance: Ex. Veen estate, thereafter private Virginia collection.
A Greek Terracotta Squat Net Lekythos, Apulia, ca. 3rd century BCE
GP1809Regular price $1,200 USD
Constructed from fine red clay, featuring a disk foot, the ovoid body rising to a slender neck and splayed mouth. A single, elegant strap handle is attached below the shoulder and at the neck. The painted decoration consists of a horizontal band below the shoulder and at the foot. The surface of the body is filled with a wide, diagonal lattice pattern with white dots appearing at the intersections. The upper part of the neck is painted solid and vertical stripes extend down to the base of the neck.
For similar examples see: Heisserer, AJ "Classical Antiquities", (1980) no. 101 page 62 and Robinson DM & Harcum CG, "A Catalogue of the Greek Vases in the Royal Ontario Museum" (1930) nos. 511-515 pp. 243-44 pl. LXXXVIII.
Condition: Small cracks to the neck and very minor chips to the body, intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 8cm (3 1/8”)
Provenance: estate of Dr. Richard Vadaszy (1945 - 2000), New Jersey, acquired in the 1980's
An Exhibited Greek Daunian Terracotta Owl Kyathos, ca. 4th Century BCE
GP005-PBRegular price $1,500 USD
Daunian society was a mixture of native Italians and Greeks who had settled in the area. As early as the 6th century BC, Daunia was an extremely wealthy region as is evidenced by the rich grave goods from the urban centers of Canosa, Arpi, and Salapia among others. The shapes of the vessels remained strongly influenced by the Italians -- this one, for example, is a form of the Greek kyathos, or dipper, with a flat, long, looping handle, but the wideness of the strap is purely Daunian. The owl-face motif at the top, however, recalls Greek influence - owls were a common design motif and were symbols Athena (and also associated with Athens); here they are perhaps imitating Attic art or maybe just invoking a penchant for the goddess. Many Daunian vessels, like this one, were ornamented with bands of geometric decoration called listati. This particular example has squared-off and banded linear designs in black and red over a cream background. A distinctive and unique vessel.
Dimensions: Diameter: 7 1/2 inches (19 cm), Height: 4 1/2 inches (11.43 cm)
Condition: Handle rejoined, with light surface scratching and slight wear to paint otherwise complete and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Ex-Swiss collection acquired between 1950 - 1960
Exhibited: University of Zurich, thereafter private Virginia collection.
A Gnathian Ware Epichysis, ca. 4th century BCE
GP1808Regular price $1,250 USD
A gaily decorated South Italian Epichysis displaying the delicate, colored floral ornamentation on a black ground and refined shape typical of pottery from the Apulian site of Gnathia (modern-day Egnazia on the Adriatic coast). It was designed to hold small quantities of precious liquids and thus is usually associated with the dispensing of perfumed oils rather than as a drinking vessel.
Gnathian pottery reached the height of its popularity in the mid to late 4th century B.C. where the taste for this decorative style, which often imitated the kind of closely worked motifs seen on metal luxury vessels, led to its being imported throughout the Mediterranean, even as far as Egypt.
Dimensions: Height: 6 3/4 inches (17.14 cm)
Condition: Handle repaired otherwise intact and in very good condition overall. A most charming example.
Provenance: Private Californian collection, acquired from the London Art Market, prior to 1999.
A good Amlash Terracotta Sieve, Iron Age I-II, ca. 1400 - 800 BCE
MP1810Regular price $1,950 USD
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall. A fine and interesting example.
Dimensions: Height: 5 /12 inches (14 cm)
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 Gallery of Art director Harold Stern described in 1957 as "without doubt one of the finest private collections in the world". Victor and Takako published Folk Traditions in Japanese Art to coincide with a traveling exhibition held from 1978 at the Cleveland Museum of Art; Japan House Gallery, New York; and Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. 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 of the collection, including this vessel, was inherited by descent in 2016.
A Roman Phallic Terracotta Juglet, ca. 1st - 2nd century CE
RP1702Regular price $6,000 USD
This small juglet with disc foot, rounded body, the flared rim with pronounced pouring spout has a single handle applied between rim and shoulder. It was used to store perfumed oils, presumably of an erotic or medicinal nature because applied to the rim are four phalloi and a further seven can be found around the shoulder of the vessel. Constructed from a gritty light-red fabric, traces of a thin, reddish yellow slip can still be found, particularly around the shoulder area.
Considered the ultimate, most powerful source of protection and good fortune, the presence of eleven phalloi makes a determined statement calculated to provide religious and curative powers to the vessels contents.
Moser, Claudia, (2006) "Naked Power: The Phallus as an Apotropaic Symbol in the Images and Texts of Roman Italy". Undergraduate Humanities Forum 2005-6: Word & Image. 11.
Slane, K., & Dickie, M. (1993). A Knidian Phallic Vase from Corinth. Hesperia: The Journal of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 62(4), 483-505.
Condition: The vessel is intact and in excellent condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 3 1/4 inches (8 cm)
Provenance: The Erotica Collection of Christian von Faber-Castell, Küsnacht, Zürich, Switzerland, since the late 1970s. Accompanied by Art Loss Certificate S00079732 15.10.2013
An Attic Black-Glazed Oinochoe, ca. 5th century BCE
GP704Regular price $1,950 USD
elegantly formed trefoil oinochoe with low foot-ring, ribbed body with a black glazed surface and reserved base. The lip is pinched into a typical trefoil pattern, creating three directions from which the contents could be poured. The vertical strap handle terminates in a protrusion above the rim which serves as a thumb-rest.
This type of vessel was specifically used for decanting diluted wine into drinking vessels. The lip allowed wine to be poured to the left and right without changing grip or position, thus allowing a slave or Hetaera to serve wine at a symposium where two male banqueters would recline on a single couch but in opposite directions.
Condition: Losses to the glaze, particularly around the handle where it has rested, intact and otherwise in very good condition overall with deep shiny black glaze.
Dimensions: Height: 17.8 cm (7 in)
Provenance: Private FL collection
A large Near Eastern Tripod footed Bowl, Iron Age I-II, ca. 1400 - 800 BCE
MP905Regular price $1,750 USD
this large, carinated bowl with narrow flat rim is supported by three small feet that turn outward. The junction of the shoulder and the belly of the vessel are marked by three pronounced horizontal ribs of curved form. A single flat lug handle has been applied between the shoulder and rim of the vessel. Brown to grey in places, the interior and exterior have been well burnished to a smooth finish, exhibiting a soft sheen with the bowl subtly patterned with soft brown strokes.
For related example see: Gunter, Ann et al "Asian Traditions in Clay: Ancient Iranian Ceramics" Smithsonian Institution, (2ooo) page 24 #9
Condition: The bowl is intact and in fine condition overall with expected minor loss to the surface that does not detract.
Dimensions: Height: 11.5 cm (4 1/2 inches), Width: 29.9 cm (11 3/4 inches)
Provenance: Private Collection of a Foreign service diplomat, acquired in Tehran in 1965.