Ancient Greece, Athens, late Geometric Period, ca. second half of the 8th century BCE. A wheel-thrown pottery pitcher that is covered in beige-hued slip and decorated with dense panels of applied black pigment. The vessel is defined by a flat base, an inverted piriform body with a rounded shoulder, a flared rim with a thick lip, and a strap handle arching from rim to shoulder. The midsection is adorned with a sawtooth register on the lower body as well as tall archways with crosshatched interiors and rectangular frames, perhaps indicative of a series of windows within a temple. The handle features broad concentric stripes interspersed with trios of intersecting lines, and wide panels surrounding the rim and lower body once displayed solid swaths of black pigment. Size: 7.1" W x 11.4" H (18 cm x 29 cm)
For an example of a tankard with stylistically similar motifs, please see The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 30.118.25.
A stylistically similar example, of a larger size, hammered for EUR 48,400 ($55,298.69) at Christie's, Paris "Archeologie: Collection Pierre et Claude Verite" auction (sale 1063, December 20, 2011, lot 118).
Provenance: ex-private Portugal collection, acquired in September 2017, at Keramion (Paris); ex-private old Paris, France collection
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Repairs to handle, neck, rim, and upper body, with restoration to areas to areas of rim and upper body, and resurfacing with overpainting along new material and break lines. Nicks and abrasions to base, body, neck, rim, and handle, with chipping and fading to original pigment, and light encrustations. Nice earthen deposits and remains of original pigment throughout handle and body.