Magna Graecia, South Italic colonies, Apulian or Campanian, ca. 4th century BCE. A fine wheel-thrown oinochoe (pouring vessel) with a ringed footed base, a piriform body with dozens of tooled ribs, a rounded shoulder, a narrow neck with a trefoil pouring spout, and an applied strap handle joining rim to shoulder. The majority of the body's exterior and the interior of the rim are colored with a lustrous jet-black glaze, though the interior of the body as well as the underside of the foot still exhibit the pale-orange buffware color. Scattered areas of faint silvery iridescence provide a nice complementary color to the glazed areas. Size: 4.375" W x 6.125" H (11.1 cm x 15.6 cm).
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Cahn International AG, Munchenstein, Switzerland; ex-private H.A.C. collection, Basle, Switzerland
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Possible repair to areas where handle meets spout rim and shoulder, though difficult to see if present. Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, small nicks to rim, body, handle, and base, with fading to some areas of glaze. Light earthen deposits within recessed areas, and scattered areas of faint silvery iridescence throughout. Two old inventory stickers on base.