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Lot 0010E
Magna Graecia, South Italy, probably Gnathian, ca 325 BCE. A gorgeous polychrome lekythos, the body decorated with a net pattern in black with added/fugitive white pigment dots at some of the interstices, a band of black with extending vertical striations on the shoulder and black pigment on spout, handle, and just above the base. Size: 2.25" in diameter x 5.625" H (5.7 cm x 14.3 cm)

This piece was most likely used for storing olive oil; however, beyond this utilitarian aspect, it has an attractive narrow body and finely painted decorative program, the net motif perhaps referencing sea waters, all amounting to quite a seductive example.

Provenance: Ex- Collection of James Farmer, Maryland, collected from major galleries and auction houses between 1995 and 2005

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Repaired from 3 to 6 pieces. Tiny chips to rim and base. Expected surface wear with a few nicks and pigment losses commensurate with age.

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Greek South Italic Polychrome Lekythos - Net Pattern

Estimate $600 - $900Feb 9, 2017
Louisville, CO, USA