Lot 2445: A hydria by the Baltimore Painter, last third of the 4th century B.C.
October 26, 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Red-figure clay vessel for water (hydria) with elegant foot curved outwards, surmounted by a slightly extended corpus with distinct bend in the shoulder area merging into the narrow, slightly concave neck. Broad, horizontal rim with profiled edge and lightly drooping lip. On the sides two horizontal handles below the curve. On the reverse a vertical handle reaching upwards from the curve to just below the edge. The image extending over the curve is framed by a meander pattern at the bottom and a twig at the lower neck. On the obverse a finely executed scene by the hand of the Baltimore Painter. Seated, winged Eros, holding a basket with fruits. Facing him is a young woman, her left arm resting on a pillar, her hand holding a wreath, her left leg crossed over her right, carrying a basket in her bent right hand. The free areas with blossoms, leaves and garland. On the reverse palmettes. Minimal, antique chipping at the edge of the foot, sintered cracks in the lower part of the corpus. Lightly coated with sinter in some places. Otherwise intact. Height 36 cm. Charming, high-quality specimen of Apulian vase painting. From a private collection maintained in Germany, acquired in the first decade of this century from an English art dealer.
Condition Report: II -
Notes: Antikes Griechenland