Description: An Apulian Red Figure Epichysis decorated with Eros sitting to left holding a phiale in his right hand. Behind Eros, volutes and half-palmettes, with a full palmette at the base of the handle, an egg-and-dot frieze around the top margin. The handle, spout and body black glazed with a band of ivy leaves in white and red around the body. Two plastic lion heads where the handle meets the spout. A few small inoffensive chips and patches of wear to the black glaze, otherwise condition good. The neck and handle possibly refixed with restoration and some restoration to the decoration, but an attractive vessel.
Size: 200 mm/7.9 ins. high
Date: c. 330-320 B.C.
Provenance: From the estate of a deceased London collector.
Background: The collector, who worked as a buyer for Fortnum and Mason, Piccadilly, London, built up a fine collection of coins and antiquities purchased from leading London dealers.
Notes: These vessels were used for pouring wine. Arguably one of the most graceful of the Greek South Italian forms.
Photographed in both artificial and natural light.