Kallos Gallery

AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURE EYE CUP

ATTRIBUTED TO THE NIKOSTHENIC WORKSHOP, CIRCA 550-510 BC

AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURE EYE CUP

ATTRIBUTED TO THE NIKOSTHENIC WORKSHOP, CIRCA 550-510 BC

Width: 35 cm

Diameter of bowl: 28 cm

With added details in red and white, side A depicting a chariot scene of a quadriga with a charioteer and a warrior wearing a high-crested Attic helmet, flanked by large eyes, with trailing vines around the handles, side B with a youth driving a chariot, flanked by eyes, the interior tondo decorated with a gorgoneion,

LITERATURE

For an eye-cup signed by Nikosthenes with chariot scene and similar vine decoration see an example in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, acc. no. 14.136, and J. Beazley, Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters, Oxford, 1956, p.232, no. 13. The Nikosthenic Workshop was best known for its production of Etruscan-shaped broad flat handled amphorae intended for export to the Etruscan market, although the decoration remained traditionally Attic in subject and style as can be seen on this eye-cup.

With D. J. Crowther Ltd, London, prior to 1968 (as advertised in Antike Kunst, vol. 11, 1968, Heft 1, p. vii).

Private collection, Japan, acquired in the 1990s.

Japanese art market.

Christie’s, London, 29 April 2010, lot 43

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