Ancient Greece, Athens (Attic), Manner of the Princeton Painter, ca. 540 to 520 BCE. A marvelous belly amphora, decorated via the black-figure technique with tastefully delineated red details. Both sides present a nude youth riding a horse to the right followed by a bird in flight and set between two cloaked confronting figures. All figures are delineated in profile, and in addition to incised details, certain areas such as the horse's manes, highlights on the horse's rear flanks, and passages of the figures' robes are delineated in red. Above these scenes are beautiful grapevines which are also delineated in black with incised as well as red hued details. Size: 10" in diameter x 14" H (25.4 cm x 35.6 cm)
The Princeton Painter was among the contemporaries of famous vase painters such as Exekias who were just as dedicated to the artform and specialized in painting large belly amphorae like this example. The Princeton Painter's vase paintings, according to Trendall, present "careful florals and statuesque figures" and "in many respects these works herald the exhaustion of black figure as a major style of vase painting …" Clearly, the paintings on this vase presents the apex of black figure techniques.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-private California, USA collection, acquired at Auktion 5, Jean-David Cahn, Basel, 5 September 2005, lot 36; ex-private collection, Switzerland (Dr. Gregor Berger, CH-Jona SG, Collection of his father, the late Professor Dr. H.C. Mult Ernst Hern (1928-2006) - former Director of the Basel Museum
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