An Attic Red-Figured Pelike with Athena on a Chariot
Manner of the Leningrad Painter, Circa 470-450 B.C.
Height 14 1/2 inches.
The obverse is decorated to show Athena donning an Attic helmet and a flowing chiton, holding the reigns of a four-horse chariot, seemingly on the verge of departure, as a warrior wearing a Corinthian helmet looks on and bids her farewell with a raised right hand. Beneath the left handle, a seated youth is depicted holding a scepter, while the reverse illustrates a procession featuring another youth and three bearded men wielding staffs or scepters, striding towards an Ionic column. The first bearded man covers his mouth with his right hand while the second bearded man holds his right hand to his forehead, imbuing the continuous scene with an air of solemnity and perhaps even distress. Renowned British classical archaeologist and art historian Sir John Davidson Beazley, known for his classification of Attic vases by artistic style, attributed the present pelike to the Manner of the Leningrad Painter, a Mannerist painter active in Athens in the second quarter of the fifth century B.C. (J.D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Oxford, 1963, p. 573).
Brimo Collection, France.
Domenicis Collection, France, 19th Century.
Delorme & Collin du Bocage Sale Catalog, Paris, 24 February 2010, Lot 104.
International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show, New York, 19-25 October 2012.
Gerhard, E., Auserlesene griechische Vasenbilder, Berlin, 1840-1858, vol. 3 (1847), p. 121, pl. 210.
Beazley, J.D., Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Oxford, 1963, p. 573, no. 10.
Beazley Archive Pottery Database, number 206595.
Property from Liberi Fund - The Sleeping Beauties Collection
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