GP1804

* A Published Attic White Ground Lekythos by the Painter of the Yale Lekythos, ca. 470–460 B.C.

Attributed to the Painter of the Yale Lekythos, this lovely perfume type vase is decorated using a particular technique: line drawing in matt on a white ground for the composition, whereby a few strokes provide facial detail or render bodily volume. A delicate polychromy enhanced the drapery; barely fired, it has now partially disappeared. The scene here is most interesting and unusual for it shows a woman selling olive oil to a customer; such scenes are known, but normally on pelikai. She has drawn a sample of oil out of a pelike with a dip stick, and offers the youth a full alabastron.  Behind her, a lekythos on the wall is also for oil.

Background: In the late 500s B.C., Athenian potters began to cover the natural reddish color of their pottery with a highly purified clay that turned white when fired. Initially, artists applied this technique to a variety of shapes decorated with a wide range of scenes. Just before the middle of the 400s B.C., however, artists began limiting the use of this technique to a specific shape--the lekythos, a small oil container used in funerary ritual--and the decoration on the vessels shifted almost exclusively to funerary scenes. This change was due to the fragile nature of the white slip, which did not wear well but served the one-time use of a funeral quite nicely.

Published:  K.Deppert, GriechischeVasen (1984)Nr.20. v,gl.: Beazley ARV2, 662ff.

Condition:  Expected minor repairs with cosmetic overpainting, overall in very good condition.

Dimensions: Height: 7 1/4 inches ( 18.4 cm)

Provenance:  Dr. Wilhelm Hartwig, Weinheim, Germany, acquired David Cahn auction 9/27/2005, published, 1984.

A Campanian Red Figure Oinochoe, ca. 4th century BC $4,500 USD
Quick View
* An Attic Black Figure Lekythos, Classical Period, ca. 5th century BC $2,950 USD
Quick View
A terracotta plaque of the Sumerian demon Humbaba, ca. 2nd millennium BC $2,500 USD
Quick View
A Gnathian Ware Epichysis, c. 4th century BC $1,250 USD
Quick View

An Apulian Gnathian ware Skyphos, ca. 4th century BC $1,950 USD
Quick View
* A large Burnished Double Handled Bowl, Iron Age I-II, ca. 1400 - 800 BC $2,500 USD
Quick View
An Amlash Terracotta Bird Vessel, Iron Age I-II, ca. 1400 - 800 BC $950 USD
Quick View

A Persian Turquoise Glazed Oil Lamp, Seljuk period, 12th -13th century $550 USD
Quick View
A large Canaanite Terracotta Pithos, Iron Age I-II, ca. 1400 - 800 BC $3,500 USD
Quick View
A good Amlash Terracotta Sieve, Iron Age I-II, ca. 1400 - 800 BC $1,950 USD
Quick View
A decorated Persian Clay Bowl, Tepe Giyan ca. 1600-1200 BC $1,200 USD
Quick View

Subscribe

Sign up today!