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Lot 0042
Greece, Hellenistic period, ca. late 4th to 3rd centuries BCE. A stunning bronze ewer, formed by hammering, while its foot and handle were cast via the lost wax (cire perdue) process. It presents an elegant silhouette with a rounded, apple-shaped body, a tapering neck rising from a broad shoulder that eventually flares to a wide mouth, and a single handle joining rim to shoulder. The handle is elegant, with a wide, leaf-shaped lower terminal on the body and a thin lip on the upper terminal, which rests on the rim. Contributing to the piece's undeniable beauty is the rich turquoise patina that the bronze has attained over time. Bronze vessels like this one were a centuries-long tradition in ancient Greek society, used for offerings in temples, as expensive gifts, and as grave goods to honor the dead. Size: 10.5" W x 15.4" H (26.7 cm x 39.1 cm)

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-William Froelich collection, New York, USA, collected in the 1970s

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Condition

Foot has been reattached. Slight bending to form, but in general the shape is very well preserved. Beautiful mottled turquoise patina.

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Large / Impressive Greek Hellenistic Bronze Ewer

Estimate $6,000 - $9,000Oct 25, 2018