Lot 7
  • 7

AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED NECK AMPHORA, ATTRIBUTED TO THE WORKSHOP OF THE ANTIMENES PAINTER, CIRCA 510 B.C. | An Attic Black-figured Neck Amphora, attributed to the Workshop of the Antimenes Painter

50,000 - 80,000 GBP
56,250 GBP
bidding is closed


  • terracotta
painted in front with Ajax carrying the body of Achilles between a seated man and a standing woman, Ajax's shield emblazoned with a striding lion looking back, Achilles' with a satyr's mask in relief, and on the reverse with a young warrior departing on horseback between a woman and a youth; the details in added red and white, a graffito under the foot.


Bernard Bottet (1900-1971) and his son Bertrand Bottet (1924-1994), Nice and Quinson, France, aquired prior to 1960
Hélène Bottet (Drouot-Richelieu, Paris, Enchères Rive Gauche, Objets de hasard, March 26th, 2012, no. 41, illus.
acquired by the present owner at the above sale


Galerie Chenel, Paris, Animal, 2012, pp. 36-37, illus.

Catalogue Note

For another example of the same Homeric scene attributed to the same hand see F. Brommer, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum: Adolphseck, Schloss Fasanerie, vol. 1, 1956, pls. 6.2 and 8.2 (http://www.beazley.ox.ac.uk/record/86918C58-40CA-467D-A7E7-39EF6C72E22E).
An "amphore du VI av. J-C à figures noires. Très belle et rare, intacte." is mentioned on p. 61 of Bernard Bottet's handwritten inventory of his stock, which he compiled before 1960. A later note in red ink above specifies "attique, vers 525 av. J-C." Pasted into the entry is a cutout from a French art publication describing a different Attic black-figured amphora from the present one; a note next to the cutout mentions a price of 980 pounds paid for this vase at Sotheby's, London, October 18th, 1949, probably a price reference for the present amphora valued at 250 French Francs.