Loading Spinner
Don’t miss out on items like this!

Sign up to get notified when similar items are available.

Lot 117: AN ATTIC RED-FIGURE BELL KRATER, CIRCA 400-380 B.C., painted with the young Herakles seated on his cloak and holding his club and a

Est: $20,000 USD - $30,000 USDSold:
Sotheby'sJune 12, 1993New York, NY, US

Item Overview


large overflowing cornucopia, the hero attended by three approaching satyrs, the satyr on the left white-haired and bearing trays of food, Apollo seated on the right and holding a fillet and a laurel branch, a rhyton at the feet of Herakles, a flaming Ionic altar at left, three conversing draped youths on the reverse, the youth on the left holding a strigil and an aryballos, the youth on the right a staff, part of a discus suspended above, double palmettes flanked by scrolls in each handle zone, details in added white, golden brown, and brown wash. Height 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm.) Attributed by J. D. Beazley to the Erbach Painter. Provenance: Nostell Priory, Yorkshire (Christie's, London, Greek and Etruscan Vases from Nostell Priory, April 30th, 1975, no. 56, illus.) Published: Abbe H. Campbell, no. 10 J.D. Beazley, Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Oxford, 1963, p. 1419, no. 10 John Boardman, Athenian Red Figure Vases: The Classical Period, London, 1989, fig. 353 This krater and the fifteen which follow were originally probably all acquired by the young Charles Winn (1795-1874), nephew of Sir Rowland Winn, 6th Baronet of Nostell, in 1819. They were purchased, along with many others, from the Abbe Campbell in Naples, and transported to England on the ship Azores, which sailed from Naples "with a fair wind" on February 9th of that year. The Abbe wrote a brief catalogue, and their entry numbers are given here. The present vases were all most recently acquired from the sale of eighty-four Greek and Etruscan vases from Nostell Priory, held at Christie's in London in 1975, the catalogue of which contains an interesting and comprehensive introduction regarding their 19th century history by P.E. Corbett. They give a broad view of classical red-figure vase painting in the 4th Century B.C., from Athens and all of Greater Greece.

Auction Details

Antiquities and Islamic Art

June 12, 1993, 12:00 AM EST

1334 York Avenue, New York, NY, 10021, US