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Greek Apulian Matching Oinochoe Pair: Ex Stoke-on-Trent Painter

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1310114
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These pieces are a matching pair of Greek Apulian "Red-Figure" oinochoe, and date circa 340-330 B.C. These pieces are approximately 9 inches high, and are attributed to the "Darius-Underworld" workshop. These attractive pieces are also attributed to the "Stoke-on-Trent" painter, who is thought to have worked in the "Darius-Underworld" workshop that produced several of the best painters for the period. These various painters also had their own distinctive attributes that are seen in their compositions. These superb to mint quality pieces have no apparent repair/restoration and are intact, and in addition, have very vibrant black, white, yellow, and dark orange colors. The front side of both of these attractive vessels have a bust of a beautiful young woman facing left, who is seen wearing a hair sakkos, large painted white earrings, and a white dotted necklace. The faces of the young woman portrayed on these two superb vessels are very sweet and youthful images, and are better examples than most images that are usually seen on Greek Apulian vessels of this type. These pieces also display a white comb above the forehead which is a hallmark attributed to the "Stoke-on-Trent" painter. The young woman seen on these pieces is known as the "Lady of Fashion", and likely represents Demeter or Persephone, who was tied to the Greek myth of the change of seasons and the appearance of renewed life every spring. These pieces also have extensive acanthus floral patterns seen behind and on each side of the vessel, and have a raised footed ring base. These pieces both have some spotty black mineral deposits, and some attractive minute root marking. These pieces are also analogous to another matching pair seen in Sotheby's Antiquities, New York, Nov. 1985, no. 274. ($1,000.00-$1,500.00 estimates.) Ex: Private German collection, circa 1970's. Note: Additional documentation is available to the purchaser. I certify that these pieces are authentic as to date, culture, and condition: