decorating the obverse side is the most charming scene. Here we see a young bejewelled lady of fashion wearing a long himation, cradling a parasol in the crook of her left arm and holding a leopard skin sybene (flute case) in her right hand. She stands facing a youth who is naked but for a cloak that is gracefully draped over both arms. He offers her the large phiale he is holding in his left hand, while above him flys a white dove holding a laurel wreath. Between the couple stands a large white stele unusually rendered in three quarter view; the field is decorated with a ribboned fillet and flowers. The reverse, in a symphony of graceful, flowing movement, portrays a running woman who is, perhaps a Maenad, one of the female followers of Dionysus. She holds a small casket in her outstretched right arm that is suspended over an altar, and a large sprig of laurel with fillets attached in her left. There is a band of laurel and dotted ovolo at the neck; palmettes and foliate tendrils under handles, band of meander and dotted squares below, with sumptuous details in added yellow and white. A most handsome example.
For a related example, refer pelike with accession number 01.8.14 in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Exhibited: Workhouse Art Center, Virginia, International Ceramics Exhibition, August 13-October 16, 2016
Height: 32 cm (12.6 inches), Width: 19 cm (7.5 inches)
Minor chip to the rim otherwise intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Dr. Robert McDonald, NYC from his stepfather Mr. McCullough who received it in Bari, Apulia as a gift of thanks from the Italian government in the 1920’s. Thereafter gifted to Harper & Shirley Moulton in 1980 and then by descent to their daughter Penn Moulton in 2005. Authenticated by the Met Museum in 1953-4. With original documentation; signed letter by Penn Moulton with provenance details and receipt from Met Museum.