Ancient Greece, Geometric Period, ca. 8th to 7th century BCE. A beautiful wheel-thrown pottery oinochoe with a slightly concave discoid foot, a bulbous piriform body with a tapered shoulder, a cylindrical neck surmounted by a trefoil-style pouring spout, and a slender strap handle arching between rim and shoulder. The beige-slipped vessel presents wondrous red-slip decorations including concentric bands coursing around the body, crosshatch-filled triangles along the shoulder known as "wolf's teeth," a pair of enclosed zigzagging stripes along the neck, rings beneath the spout, and linear motifs on the handle. A delicate vessel example from Geometric Greece! Size: 3.625" W x 5.5" H (9.2 cm x 14 cm).
A stylistically-similar example, of a slightly smaller form with a narrow body, hammered for $5,400 at Christie's, New York "Antiquities" auction (sale 1679, June 16, 2006, lot 61): https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/a-greek-pottery-oinochoe-geometric-period-circa-4722454-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=4722454&sid=aeea6eb0-5898-4a90-b66c-1aed0f756f64
Provenance: private Alabama, USA collection; ex-Roy Green collection; ex-Royal-Athena Gallery, New York, USA; ex-private French collection
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Repair to tip of pouring spout and handle reattached to terminals, with resurfacing and light overpainting along break lines. Minor chips and abrasions to base, body, neck, handle, and pouring spout, with light fading to original pigmentation, and minor encrustations. Light earthen deposits and great traces of original pigment throughout. Old inventory label beneath base.