With a dot encircled by a line and a band in the tondo, each side decorated with a dancing satyr and maenad, the maenad gazing back at her fellow reveller, the satyrs each sporting large white rings or garlands on their arms, the maenad on one side wearing a long dress decorated with red dots, and on the other a long dress formerly ornamented with four rosettes each centred by a reserved dot, the details in added white and red
collection, Basel, before 1971 (on loan to the Antikenmuseum, Basel prior to
With Galerie Gunter Puhze, Freiburg
Dr. J.L. Theodor
Sotheby's New York, The J.L. Theodor
Collection, 17 December 1998, lot 82
American private collection
The Centaur Painter, who was named by F. Villard, decorated his cups with tiny, very carefully drawn figures. His favourite subjects included hunting scenes of men armed with sticks, centaurs holding stones, and satyrs and maenads revelling. Even though his compositions were always very spacious, with only a few figures, the depictions are always lively and at times amusing, as in the case of this charming cup. For a similar example see, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Tübingen 3, pl. 27, 1-4.
M.F. Jongkees-Vos, ‘The
Centaur Painter’, Varia Archeologica,
Utrecht, 1971, p. 17, no. 5, fig. 9
P. Heesen, The J.L. Theodor Collection of
Black-Figure vases, Allard Pierson series, Vol. 10, Amsterdam, 1996, no.
A.J. Clark, 'Some Practical Aspects of Attic Black-figured Olpai and Oinochoai', in A. Tsingarida (ed.), Shapes and Uses of Greek Vases (7th -4th centuries B.C.), Brussels, 2009, p. 97, table 2
P. Heesen, Athenian Little-Master Cups, Amsterdam, 2011, cat. no. 589, pp. 202, 214, 217; nn. 1310, 1377, pl. 151c