Magna Graecia, South Italic Colonies, Apulia, ca. 340 to 325 BCE. A wheel-thrown pottery vessel known as a pelike (wine container). The elegant form is composed of a rotund piriform body atop a squat foot, a corseted neck, a thick rim with a funnel mouth, and a pair of strap handles arching between neck and midsection. The entire vessel is colored with lustrous glaze of a jet-black hue, and some abraded reveal the original buffware color beneath. Light silvery iridescence has formed across some scattered glazed areas and create a dignified presentation. Size: 6.25" W x 7.75" H (15.9 cm x 19.7 cm).
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection, acquired in May 2012; ex-Bonhams, London, Knightsbridge "Antiquities" auction (May 23, 2012, part of lot 144); ex-Gert von Hassel Collection (1944-2009), Germany, formed 1970 to 1983
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Repaired from multiple pieces, with restoration on some areas of loss on body, and resurfacing and overpainting along new material and break lines. Abrasions and nicks to base, body, handles, and rim, with fading to areas of original glaze color. Faint silvery iridescence in scattered areas.