Circa 5th Century BC
Description: A beautiful red-figure drinking cup decorated with
textile-like designs. The cup has
a deep body that swells towards the low ring foot, everted rim and two
Overall, the vessel is covered with a rich thick black gloss with orange-red
designs accented with
applied black and white. One side is a bordered panel with palm leaves in black
with now faded
white markings and in red with black markings. Above the panel is a band of
Beneath are faint remnants of a myrtle wreath with berries applied in white, now
nearly invisible. Below the wreath is a row of egg-and-dart pattern. On the
reverse side of the cup is a panel bordered above with vertical strokes and
below with the same egg-and-dart pattern. Within the panel are an ivy wreath and
myrtle wreath, both in white, divided by a red band with bordered zigzags
applied in black. Band of reserve at the top of the foot and beneath.
Height: 3.5 in. (9 cm)
Rim Diameter: 4.5 in. (11.5 cm)
Condition: Intact with minor chip from rim as visible in photo.
Provenance: Formerly in a private New Jersey collection.
Reference: See the British Museum's Corpvs Vasorvm Antiqvorvm
No. 4 (London 1929) pl. 32 nos. 12 and 19 as well as Athenian Red-Figure
Vases: The Classical Period (London 1989) by John Boardman, no. 99 for
similar examples. Also, see Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters
Volume II, Second Edition (New York 1984) by Sir J.D. Beazley, pgs. 984-985
Background: Saint-Valentin vases appeared in the second quarter
of the 5th Century BC in
Athens and remained throughout the century. The genre mainly consists of sessile
kantharoi and skyphoi painted with textile-like patterns of checquer, feathers,
scales and florals. The style was further copied by South Italian vase painters.
Price: $ 1,400
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