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Greek Apulian Red Figure Lekanis w/ Lady of Fashion

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**Originally Listed At $450**

Greece, South Italic Colonies, Apulia, ca. 340 to 325 BCE. A beautiful wheel-thrown pottery lekanis consisting of a shallow base and an ornate lid. The vessel displays a large, flat knob on its lid and a similarly-shaped foot, creating a wonderful symmetrical appearance. The base and dark areas of the lid have been glazed a glossy black, and the lid itself exhibits two 'ladies of fashion' in red-figure with fugitive white pigment between a pair of stylized palmettes. The lid handle has a radiating spoke-form decoration within its center, and the lower rim is detailed with a repeating motif of vertical frets. Most surface showcase a lovely silvery iridescence as well as faint areas of rainbow-hued iridescence. Size (w/ lid): 3.7" W x 4" H (9.4 cm x 10.2 cm).

Lidded lekanides were cosmetic containers, often given by fathers to brides on their wedding day. The lady of fashion motif complements this - often thought to represent a young woman on her wedding day. Each lady wears a kekryphalos hairstyle, earrings, and a beaded necklace. This vessel has a very interesting iridescent patina that gives it a sparkling appearance.

Provenance: private Owen collection, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA, acquired in the 1990s from a US-based dealer

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Condition
Small areas of repair and restoration to foot and lower rim of lid, with light resurfacing and overpainting along new material. Light abrasions to handle, lid, body, and foot, with fading to original pigmentation, and light encrustations. Nice earthen deposits and root marks throughout, with areas of fine silvery iridescence and faint rainbow-hued iridescence.
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Greek Apulian Red Figure Lekanis w/ Lady of Fashion

Estimate $900 - $1,350Oct 17, 2019
Starting Price $400
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