Magna Graecia, South Italic Colonies, Apulia, ca. early 4th century BCE. A beautiful wheel-thrown pottery oinochoe of a sizable composition with a flared foot, a wide, piriform body with a rounded shoulder, a substantial trefoil rim, and an applied bifurcated handle joining rim to shoulder. Almost the entire vessel is covered in a lustrous black glaze save for the lower body, underside of foot, and interior, and one reserved red-hued stripe encircles the shoulder. Faint areas of silvery iridescence cover most of the glazed areas, giving this vessel an elegant presentation evocative of ancient Greece. Size: 6" W x 9.2" H (15.2 cm x 23.4 cm).
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection, acquired from Dr. Bernhard I. Muller at Galerie Ostracon, Thalwil, Switzerland in 2016; ex-private F. Maino collection, Medrisio, Switzerland, acquired by descent and in family possession before 1968
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Minor chip to rim, small nicks to rim, body, handle, and foot, with minor abrasions, and light fading to some glazed areas, otherwise intact and excellent. Nice earthen deposits and silver iridescence throughout.