An Amlash Terracotta Bird Vessel, Iron Age I-II, ca. 1400 - 800 BCE
MP1808Regular price $950 USD
Occasionally ceramic vessels buried with the deceased seem to have been fashioned exclusively for placement in the tombs. One of the most characteristic ceramic forms associated with the label "Amlash" is a hollow vessel fashioned in the form of an animal. In this charming example, the elongated form takes on the shape of a bird, with red paint decoration to each side suggesting wings.
Dimensions: Height: 4 inches (10 cm), Length: 8 1/4 inches (21 cm)
Condition: Head professionally reattached, otherwise complete and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: The Hauge Collection of Ancient & Iranian Art, assembled between 1962 and 1966. Foreign service brothers, Victor and Osborne Hauge, together with their wives Takako and Gratia, assembled their collection of Persian, Japanese, Chinese, and Southeast Asian works of fine and folk art while stationed overseas with the US government after WWII. In consultation with academics and dealers, the Hauges assembled over two decades of what former Freer Gallery of Art director Harold Stern described in 1957 as "without doubt one of the finest private collections in the world". Victor and Takako published Folk Traditions in Japanese Art to coincide with a traveling exhibition held from 1978 at the Cleveland Museum of Art; Japan House Gallery, New York; and Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. Much of their collection was donated to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute culminating in an exhibition and published catalogue in 2000. The balance of the collection, including this object, was inherited by descent in 2016.
A Gnathian Ware Epichysis, ca. 4th century BCE
GP1808Regular price $1,250 USD
A gaily decorated South Italian Epichysis displaying the delicate, colored floral ornamentation on a black ground and refined shape typical of pottery from the Apulian site of Gnathia (modern-day Egnazia on the Adriatic coast). It was designed to hold small quantities of precious liquids and thus is usually associated with the dispensing of perfumed oils rather than as a drinking vessel.
Gnathian pottery reached the height of its popularity in the mid to late 4th century B.C. where the taste for this decorative style, which often imitated the kind of closely worked motifs seen on metal luxury vessels, led to its being imported throughout the Mediterranean, even as far as Egypt.
Dimensions: Height: 6 3/4 inches (17.14 cm)
Condition: Handle repaired otherwise intact and in very good condition overall. A most charming example.
Provenance: Private Californian collection, acquired from the London Art Market, prior to 1999.
A large Canaanite Terracotta Pithos, Iron Age I-II, ca. 1400 - 800 BCE
MP1814Regular price $3,500 USD
A pithos is a very large container whose shape clearly indicated that it was used for domestic storage. It probably had its place in one of the rooms of the house or in a corner of the courtyard and served to store liquids or dry substances. This large example features a rounded body that gradually tapers to a small flattened base, intended perhaps to be sunk into the floor. The incised decorative ring and dot pattern at the base of the neck was used to identify contents.
Dimensions: Height: 26 inches (66 cm), Width: 13 1/2 inches (34.29 cm)
Condition: reassembled from large fragments, the vessel is in good condition overall.
Provenance: Alex Malloy private collection, acquired in the 1980's.
A good Amlash Terracotta Sieve, Iron Age I-II, ca. 1400 - 800 BCE
MP1810Regular price $1,950 USD
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall. A fine and interesting example.
Dimensions: Height: 5 /12 inches (14 cm)
Provenance: The Hauge Collection of Ancient & Iranian Art, assembled between 1962 and 1966. Foreign service brothers, Victor and Osborne Hauge, together with their wives Takako and Gratia, assembled their collection of Persian, Japanese, Chinese, and Southeast Asian works of fine and folk art while stationed overseas with the US government after WWII. In consultation with academics and dealers, the Hauges assembled over two decades of what former Freer Gallery of Art director Harold Stern described in 1957 as "without doubt one of the finest private collections in the world". Victor and Takako published Folk Traditions in Japanese Art to coincide with a traveling exhibition held from 1978 at the Cleveland Museum of Art; Japan House Gallery, New York; and Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. Much of their collection was donated to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute culminating in an exhibition and published catalogue in 2000. The balance of the collection, including this vessel, was inherited by descent in 2016.
A Mycenaean Terracotta Shallow Pouring Bowl, late Helladic Period, ca. 1400-1350 BCE
GP1707Regular price $2,750 USD
the shallow bowl with applied handle and pouring spout, the interior and exterior with sacral ivy design.
Cf: Furymark, Stockholm 1941, figure 36, motive 12 no. 25.
Dimensions: Height: 1 3/4 inches (4.45 cm), Diameter: 5 1/4 inches (13.3 cm)
Condition: Expected minor loss to brown pigment, especially near edges, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall. A lovely example.
Provenance: Ex. US private collection, acquired in the 1980's, thereafter private Dutch collection until 2017.
A Roman Phallic Terracotta Juglet, ca. 1st - 2nd century CE
RP1702Regular price $6,000 USD
This small juglet with disc foot, rounded body, the flared rim with pronounced pouring spout has a single handle applied between rim and shoulder. It was used to store perfumed oils, presumably of an erotic or medicinal nature because applied to the rim are four phalloi and a further seven can be found around the shoulder of the vessel. Constructed from a gritty light-red fabric, traces of a thin, reddish yellow slip can still be found, particularly around the shoulder area.
Considered the ultimate, most powerful source of protection and good fortune, the presence of eleven phalloi makes a determined statement calculated to provide religious and curative powers to the vessels contents.
Moser, Claudia, (2006) "Naked Power: The Phallus as an Apotropaic Symbol in the Images and Texts of Roman Italy". Undergraduate Humanities Forum 2005-6: Word & Image. 11.
Slane, K., & Dickie, M. (1993). A Knidian Phallic Vase from Corinth. Hesperia: The Journal of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 62(4), 483-505.
Condition: The vessel is intact and in excellent condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 3 1/4 inches (8 cm)
Provenance: The Erotica Collection of Christian von Faber-Castell, Küsnacht, Zürich, Switzerland, since the late 1970s. Accompanied by Art Loss Certificate S00079732 15.10.2013
A Cypriot White Painted Ware Milk Jug, Middle Cypriot II-III, ca. 1850-1650 BCE
GP1611Regular price $750 USD
The wide bowl with a handle attached to the lip, painted tan with interior and exterior decoration. Interior decoration is painted brown: design around rim, criss-cross lines that meet in the center, and four circles in each quadrant. The exterior rim is tan and sides and bottom are orange. Straight and wavy line patterns cross over the exterior, and circles are in quadrants (like interior). Handle is also painted with brown lines.
Dimensions: Diameter (with handle): 6 1/4 in (15 7/8 cm), height: 2 1/4 in (10 7/8 cm)
Condition: Surface worn in places, with crack to handle, possibly professionally rejoined otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: The William R. Crawford collection of Ancient Glass and Antiquities, acquired in Cyprus prior to 1972. This piece is accompanied by a copy of the export license issued to Mr. Crawford by Republic of Cyprus, Department of Antiquities. William R. Crawford, a retired American career diplomat and expert on the Middle East and Cyprus, was Director of Arab-Israeli Affairs at the State Department between 1959-1964, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Cyprus thereafter. In the 1970's, he was ambassador to Yemen and then to Cyprus and later became principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near East and South Asian affairs. He donated part of his collection to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts prior to his death in 2002.
A large terracotta Shell-type Oil Lamp, Persian Period, ca. 500 BCE
MT1503Regular price $550 USD
From the great Persian empire, a rare wheel-made lamp of orangish/buff clay, wet-smoothed, the convex sides pinched in to form a large triangular wick rest, smooth, rounded base. Also known as "cocked hat" or "saucer" lamps.
Condition: Crack to the rim otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Length: 7.5 in (19 cm), Width: 6.5 in (16.5 cm)
Provenance: Private Washington, DC collection acquired in the 1960's and then by descent. Old label with auction/catalogue number: 215 attached.
A Red-Figure Xenonware Squat Lekythos with Duck, Magna Graecia, ca. 4th century BCE
GP1409Regular price $1,200 USD
a miniature black glazed squat Lekythos, with an applied loop handle and funnel tip mouth, an exaggerated bulbous lower half sitting atop of a torus ring foot. The center depicting a standing duck with beautiful detail to the beak, eyes, and feathers. Decorative elements of palmettes proportionately flank either side of the animal along with some fine geometric shapes.
Condition: some restoration work to the handle, with some minor chipping at the base. Otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 2.25 inches (5.71 cm), Diameter: 1.5 inches (3.81 cm)
Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired Ariadne Gallery, NYC with gallery label on base #261.
A Palesian Red Figure Bird Chous, Campania, ca. 4th century BCE
GP1403Regular price $1,750 USD
The small pottery pouring vessel sits on low ring base, with trefoil rim and attached strap handle behind, the bulbous body features a charming red-figure painted chick at front center, flanked by half palmettes and wave pattern filler above.
Condition: Complete, the handle professionally reattached, in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 4 1/8 inches (10.6 cm)
Provenance: Ex. Robert H. Johnston (1928-2005) collection, acquired in the 1970s. The archaeologist who helped decipher Dead Sea scrolls, Robert H. Johnston served in the Marine Corps during World War II, and then studied art at what was then Kutztown State Teacher's College in Pennsylvania. He earned a master's degree in art from Columbia University and taught at Lock Haven University, simultaneously studying for a doctorate in archaeology at Penn State University, which he earned in 1970. For two decades he was a professor and administrator at the Rochester Institute of Technology and helped develop a way to read ancient texts blackened or faded by time, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, and texts from the time of Christ. Dr. Johnston further decoded parts of a 10th-century parchment copy of a famous treatise by the Greek mathematician Archimedes that had been used as the fabric for a 13th-century prayer book.
A Large Narino Pottery Storage Jar, Ecuador, ca 1200 CE
PP1310Regular price $4,500 USD
A large anthropomorphic storage jar decorated in colors most representing life to this culture: yellow for the abundance of the sun, the black for the wise and silent night against the deep red background for life inside man. A chevron pattern is at the lowest level, with scrolling waves next, temple design at the midsection, and sun and rays on the shoulder.
Dimensions: Height: 53 cm (20.9 inches), Width at Widest: 22.9 cm (9 inches)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall. A most impressive piece!
Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired from the trade in the 1960's.
A large Near Eastern Terracotta Vessel, Achaemenid Period, ca. 550 -330 BCE
MP1305Regular price $950 USD
a vibrant burnished red-orange globular bowl with wide neck and flared shallow rim, the vessel sits atop a flat base and curves upward, areas of the body are blackened from firing.
For similar examples, see Kawami, "Ancient Iranian Ceramics from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections," #46
Condition: Minor mineral deposits throughout the porous ceramic, some small chips to the body that do not detract, vessel is otherwise intact and in excellent condition overall. A lovely example.
Dimensions: Height: 21.5 cm (8.5 inches), Diameter at widest area: 24.5 cm (9.64 inches)
Provenance: Private collection of a diplomat, Washington, D.C. acquired in the 1960's.
An Attic Black-Glazed Oinochoe, ca. 5th century BCE
GP704Regular price $1,950 USD
elegantly formed trefoil oinochoe with low foot-ring, ribbed body with a black glazed surface and reserved base. The lip is pinched into a typical trefoil pattern, creating three directions from which the contents could be poured. The vertical strap handle terminates in a protrusion above the rim which serves as a thumb-rest.
This type of vessel was specifically used for decanting diluted wine into drinking vessels. The lip allowed wine to be poured to the left and right without changing grip or position, thus allowing a slave or Hetaera to serve wine at a symposium where two male banqueters would recline on a single couch but in opposite directions.
Condition: Losses to the glaze, particularly around the handle where it has rested, intact and otherwise in very good condition overall with deep shiny black glaze.
Dimensions: Height: 17.8 cm (7 in)
Provenance: Private FL collection
An Attic Classical Pottery Lidded Pyxis, ca 5th Century BCE
GP504Regular price $650 USD
well proportioned lidded pyxis with a cylindrical body, domed lid, and spreading foot ring. The body of the ceramic wheel-made vessel was designed with a beveled rim to hold the lid in place. The top of the lid is decorated with simple raised bands.
A Pyxis is a round container with a lid. They were used by women in antiquity to hold perfumed oils, cosmetics, or even jewellery or small objects.
Condition: Overall condition of this lidded pyxis is good, although there is a break that has been rejoined as well as some small chips in the body and lid consistant with ancient ware.
Dimensions: Height: 2.5in (6.35cm); Diameter: 6in (15.24cm).
Provenance: Private Australian collection acquired early 1970s.
A large Near Eastern Tripod footed Bowl, Iron Age I-II, ca. 1400 - 800 BCE
MP905Regular price $1,750 USD
this large, carinated bowl with narrow flat rim is supported by three small feet that turn outward. The junction of the shoulder and the belly of the vessel are marked by three pronounced horizontal ribs of curved form. A single flat lug handle has been applied between the shoulder and rim of the vessel. Brown to grey in places, the interior and exterior have been well burnished to a smooth finish, exhibiting a soft sheen with the bowl subtly patterned with soft brown strokes.
For related example see: Gunter, Ann et al "Asian Traditions in Clay: Ancient Iranian Ceramics" Smithsonian Institution, (2ooo) page 24 #9
Condition: The bowl is intact and in fine condition overall with expected minor loss to the surface that does not detract.
Dimensions: Height: 11.5 cm (4 1/2 inches), Width: 29.9 cm (11 3/4 inches)
Provenance: Private Collection of a Foreign service diplomat, acquired in Tehran in 1965.
A Campanian Calene Ware Guttos, ca. 350 - 300 BCE
GP2103Regular price $950 USD
Condition: Complete, with a few very minor rim flakes and a small chip to the foot rim that does not detract, the spout has been reattached with minor cosmetic restoration over the break line.
Dimensions: Height: 4 1/2 inches (11.5 cm)
Provenance: Private Florida collection, acquired from Charles Ede, London, 11/6/2001.
An Apulian Black-Gloss ware Mug, ca. early 4th century BCE
GP2104Regular price $1,200 USD
An early Apulian copy of the Attic "Pheidian" ware, the broad, squat form with a wide round foot, low rounded belly, low concave neck, flaring rim, a thin double-rolled handle attached to the rim and shoulder, the top ends splayed out along the rim edge, the body covered in vertical ribbing, the surface covered in a lustrous black gloss.
For a related example, see: Hayes, John W., Greek and Italian Black-Gloss Wares and Related Wares in the Royal Ontario Museum, 1984, no. 79.
Dimensions: Height: 7 cm (2 3/4 inches), Width: 10 cm (3.93 inches)
Condition: Minor chips to the gloss but otherwise intact and in excellent condition.
Provenance: Collection of Andre de Munter, Belgium, acquired in 1994. With a stamped certificate by F. Coene, clerk for the First Tribunal, Brussels, June 26, 2009.
A Costa Rican Tripod Bowl, ca. 1000 - 1350 CE
PP2123Regular price $950 USD
An excellent example of the Costa Rican tripod form, with a wide shallow bowl supported by three legs molded into points. The legs contain round ceramic pellets that function as rattles; they were probably wrapped in leaves before firing, during which the leaves burned away, freeing the rattles to emphasize the ceremonial gesture of drinking. The vessel is elegantly decorated with a band of red around the interior and exterior rim, and a stylistic fret and scroll motif that extends from the body onto the shoulders of the legs, ending above a red wash that emphasizes the legs tapering to points.
Dimensions: Diameter: 7 1/4 inches (18.41 cm), Height: 4.5 inches (11.42 cm)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Mirtha Virginia de Perea (1929 - 2019) private collection of Costa Rican art. Mrs. de Perea spent her entire 48-year career with the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington, DC, achieving the rank of Cultural Minister-Counselor and Consul after having started as a secretary. She was a devoted patron of the arts, promoting numerous local artists and sponsoring many cultural events throughout her career. She also amassed an impressive collection of Latin American art. After retiring in 1999, she became a US citizen and continued her support of the arts through her membership in the Women’s Committee of the Washington National Opera and other local groups.