A Pair of 20thC Terracotta Attic-Style Bell Crater Vases

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Origin: Unknown
Period: Mid 20thC
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1960
Height: 7.5”
Bases: 3” diameter
Width: 7” (at extremities)

The twentieth century attic-style bell crater vases, each painted in the Ancient Greek manner, having loop handles to domed circular bases and surviving from the mid-century in good decorative condition.

The condition of the vases is good throughout with no losses. They have been made to appear aged so the areas of wear were cleverly created at the time of creation.

Around 625-600 B.C.E., Athens adopted the black-figure technique (i.e., dark-colored figures on a light background with incised detail). Originating in Corinth almost a century earlier, black-figure uses the silhouette manner in conjunction with added color and incision. The overall attractive quality of Greek vases, their relatively small size, and—at one point in time—their easily obtainable nature, led them to be highly coveted collector’s items during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Instantaneous Greek mythological style.

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