Roman, early Imperial period, ca. 1st century BCE to 1st century CE. A captivating, wheel-thrown pottery oinochoe showcasing lead-based glazing in yellow and chocolate brown hues. The broad vessel presents with a hemispherical body atop a squat foot, a rounded shoulder, a cylindrical neck that splits into two circular spouts, and a trifurcated handle with a twin-lobed thumb rest on top. Accentuating the shoulder are seventeen barbotine decorations that create a distinct and visually stimulating presentation. Lead-based glaze was quite popular during the Greek Hellenistic period and carried over into the beginning of the Roman Imperial Period. Size: 5" W x 6.8" H (12.7 cm x 17.3 cm)
Cf. another Roman vessel with barbotine decorations at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 17.194.1827
Reference Art Loss Registry number S00079937
This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) analysis and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.
Provenance: ex-Cahn Auction, Basel, Switzerland (July 8, 2020); ex-Monsieur R. Toulouse collection, France, a former diplomat who spent time in Tunisia, acquired in the 1970s; Reference Art Loss Registry number S00079937
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Professional repair and restoration to areas of handle and both spouts, with resurfacing and overpainting along new material and break lines. Nicks and minor abrasions to foot, body, handle, and spouts, with light fading to some brown and yellow glazed areas. Nice remains of original glaze throughout. Two TL drill holes beneath foot and underneath top curve of handle.