Magna Graecia, Southern Italy, Apulia, ca. 340 to 325 BCE. A breathtaking trefoil oinochoe created in a pottery workshop in the Apulia region of southern Italy where potters were known for introducing additional pigments to black glazed vessels. The finely painted decoration adorning neck to mid-line of the body features (from top to bottom): a white egg and dart band with incised details as well; a band of red and yellow wavy clusters; and a band of yellow and white floral buds - with each register marked by incised borders. Following this is a large laurel tendril in red, yellow, and white pigments; and finally, a budding vine also in yellow, white, and red. The black glaze has attained a marvelous silvery iridescence over the ages, and on the underside is a makers mark in the form of a red X. Overall, a lovely example that demonstrates skillful technique and a beautiful polychromatic effect characteristic of Gnathia. Size: 4.75" in diameter x 8.375" H (12.1 cm x 21.3 cm)
Provenance: private Alabama, USA collection; ex-Roy Green collection
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Chips to rim and base. Expected surface wear with scuffs and scratches commensurate with age. The black glaze has developed a marvelous, silvery, almost mirror-like iridescence over time.