Athene, Apollo, Hermes, Artemis (upper register). Military gathering (lower register)
Red-figured volute-krater. Apulia.
Attributed to the Baltimor Painter.
Clay.
Ca. 330—320 BCE.
Height 92 cm.
Christie’s Fine Art Auction House, New York

Athene, Apollo, Hermes, Artemis (upper register). Military gathering (lower register).

Red-figured volute-krater. Apulia.
Attributed to the Baltimor Painter.
Clay.
Ca. 330—320 BCE.
Height 92 cm.

Christie’s Fine Art Auction House, New York

Origin:
PROPERTY FROM THE ALLEN E. PAULSON LIVING TRUST.
With Galerie Nefer, Zurich, early 1980s.
With Summa Galleries, Beverly Hills, mid 1980s.
Christie’s Fine Art Auction House, New York, Rockefeller Plaza. Sale 2174 Lot 136, 3 June 2009.
Estimate: $30,000—50,000. Price Realized: $56,250 (price includes buyer’s premium).
Description:
AN APULIAN RED-FIGURED VOLUTE-KRATER
ATTRIBUTED TO THE BALTIMORE PAINTER, CIRCA 330—320 B.C.

The body of the obverse in two registers, the upper with an assembly of the gods, Athena seated to the left, wearing a peplos and an aegis, a crested Corinthian helmet in her right hand, a spear in her left, leaning on a shield, nimbate Apollo to the right, seated on his chlamys, holding his kithara in his left hand, a laurel branch in his right, Hermes to the right leaning against a tree, nude but for high boots, a chlamys under his left arm, holding his money bag and a kerykeion, a bird in the tree, his sister Artemis to the right, wearing boots, a chiton with a bandolier over a long-sleeved garment, and a red chlamys, holding a spear in her left hand, a hound beside her, the lower register with a youth seated on a folding stool, nude but for a chlamys and boots, holding a sheathed sword and a knobbed staff, his corslet and greaves above, with three companions, two to the right, each nude but for a chlamys, one with his foot resting on a shield, offering a Phrygian helmet and a spear, and one holding a pilos helmet and a spear, a shield below, and one standing to the left, his chlamys pinned over his shoulders, his petasos hanging, holding a spear and a shield; the neck with a female head in three-quarter view amidst florals, a band of lozenge and a thin band of bead-and-reel above; the body of the reverse with a flowering plant in a naiskos surrounded by four draped female offering bearers; the neck with palmettes, a band of laurel and a band of dots above; a band of meander with dotted squares encircling below, tongues and ovolo on the shoulders, ovolo on the rim, with wave encircling below, palmette complexes below the handles, the volutes with molded female heads, white on the obverse, reserved on the reverse, the shoulders with duck heads framing the handles, details in added white, red, and yellow, the foot separately-made, with a profile female head amidst florals, a palmette on the reverse.

36¼ in. (92 cm) high.

Literature:
A. D. Trendall and A. Cambitoglou, First Supplement to the Red-Figured Vases of Apulia, London, 1983, no. 27/14c and Second Supplement, part II, London, 1992, p. 263.
L. Bernikow, “Inspired Eclectic, a Los Angeles Setting for Classical Antiquities”, in Architectural Digest, October 1986, Los Angeles, 1986, pp. 165 and 169.
Credits:
Keywords: κεραμικά ceramics ceramica keramik céramique νοτιοταλικό southitalian southern italy mezzogiorno meridione süditalienisch süditalien suditalien mezzogiorno the divine council council of gods meeting of gods meet the gods assembly of the gods concilio divino athena athene minerva nimbate apollo phoebus hermes mercury mercurius artemis artemide diana military gathering apulian red-figure red-figured crater krater volute-crater volute-krater apulia clay volute attributed to the baltimor painter naked exposed youth peplos aegis crested corinthian helmet headpiece plume spear round shield aspis nimbus halo musical instrument instruments cithara kithara cither cithern laurel branch wreath tree female male footwear footgear boots purse kerykeion caduceus bird baldric bandolier long-sleeved garment garments clothes clothing outerwear red chlamys over chiton dog folding stool chair scabbard sheath sword knobbed staff crook armour cuirass corslet greave greaves chausses knemides ocrea phrygian helmet headpiece pilos helmet petasos petasus flower flowers female head three-quarter three-quarters view band of lozenge and band of bead-and-reel above rhomb rhombus buses diamond pearl beading pellet beads palmette meander fret tongues ovolo ovoli volute with molded female heads duck necklace earring
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