Description: A Gnathia Ware black glazed prochous, the body enlivened with crimson, white and yellow, and decorated with a band of laurel leaves around the middle with a white rosette at the centre. Bands of alternating ovolo, net pattern, zigzag and dots above, with scrolling, ovolo and dots below. The channel spout with rudimentary moulded masks on either side and the vessel with a high arched handle. Some patchy minor wear to the black slip on the bowl below the handle, but the vessel in very good condition and the decoration in a remarkable state of preservation.
Size: 207 mm/8.1 ins. high
Culture: Greek South Italian Colonies
Date: c. 4th Century B.C.
Provenance: Part of Lot 101, Sotheby’s Antiquities, Islamic, Indian and South-East Asian Art Sale, The Colonnade Galleries, New Bond Street, London, 28 October 1993 (label attached), then part of an extraordinary and extensive collection of ancient, Asian and modern art and luxury items assembled from the 1970s to the early 2000s by a buyer believed to be from the Middle East, after which it was warehoused for nearly 20 years. The collection is believed to have been assembled as an investment.