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An Attic Black-Figured Amphora of Panathenaic Shape, Attributed to Close to the Princeton Group, Circa 540 B.C.

18,000 - 22,000 USD
62,500 USD
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  • An Attic Black-Figured Amphora of Panathenaic Shape, Attributed to Close to the Princeton Group
  • Glazed terracotta
  • Height 15 1/2 in. 39.4 cm.
painted on one side with Athena Promachos between two columns each surmounted by an owl, and on the other side with a kithara player standing on a stepped podium between two seated draped youths, linked lotus buds and palmettes on the neck, the details in added red.


William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877), Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire
English private collection, by descent (Christie's, London, October 27th, 2009, no. 187, in fragments)

Catalogue Note

William Henry Fox Talbot was the inventor of the negative/positive photographic process. This amphora was photograped by him in its fully restored state. The original image, much faded and very indistinct, is now in the British Library, London.

For two related examples in The Metropolitan Museum of Art see M. B. Moore, "The Princeton Painter in New York", Metropolitan Museum Journal, vol. 42, 2007, p. 29, figs. 14-15, and 36, figs. 23-25 (inv. no. 1989.281.89, also with a musical contest on its reverse, attributed by Dietrich von Bothmer to the Princeton Painter, and a full-size Panathenaic amphora by the artist, inv. no. 53.11.1).