To collectors of ancient pottery this is considered to make the piece more valuable as it allows us a peak at the manufacturing process, and provides a human connection back across the millennia to the artisan who created the piece so long ago. This is one of the pieces comes from the estate of a famous public figure. It was part of his private collection. This gentleman collected throughout his life and acquired many more pieces in December 1964, later on it was passed on to the next generation and now I inherited as a gift.It is good to be around great antique collectors. We are proud to present this magnificent ancient attic Greek Apulian artwork. This excellent example of ancient Greek krater is a testament to the magisterial ability of Greek artisans of the period. Kraters were placed in the center of the room. They were quite large, so they were not easily portable when filled. Thus, the wine-water mixture would be withdrawn from the krater with other vessels. Describes a steward drawing wine from a krater at a banquet and then running to and fro pouring the wine into guests' drinking cups. The modern Greek word now used for undiluted wine, krasi.
, originates from the krasis , i. Mixing of wine and water in kraters. On the interior to make the surface of the clay more impervious for holding water, and possibly for aesthetic reasons, since the interior could easily be seen.ABOUT ANCIENT GREEK ATTIC ARTWORK KRATER (BELOW IN QUOTES IS A MESSAGE FROM THE PERSON WHOM I INHERITED FROM). Ceramic production in Athens was concentrated in the northwest corner of the city, the Kerameikos. Here artisans turned out architectural decorations, roof tiles, figurines, and even large sculptures, as well as fine and coarse-ware pottery. There is little evidence for mass production methods, although two painters could collaborate on a single large pot and certain potters specialized in creating particular shapes. Most pots were thrown on a manually driven potter's wheel. Large pots were made in several sections, and handles were added separately. By controlling the oxygen flow the color of the clay pot and its glaze could be changed from red to black, an oxidizing or well-ventilated atmosphere produces red, a reducing or smoke-filled atmosphere, gray or black. In Black Figure technique, which first appeared in Corinth in the early 7th century BC, the vase surface was covered with a dilute wash of clay. A thicker solution of iron-rich clay formed the "glaze" used to paint on figures in solid silhouette. Details were incised with a sharp tool. Red could be added for human hair, horses' manes and parts of garments, and white for women's flesh and the hair of old men. After a sophisticated three-stage firing process (oxidizing, reducing, and reoxidizing), the pot's "glazed" design emerged a deep glossy black, except for the incised details, against a reddish brown background. In Red Figure technique, which began around 530 BC, the process was reversed and the figures appeared in red against a black background. Liquid glaze was used to outline the figures. Contours and inner lines were then added, often in raised relief.
The painted line could be diluted to a golden brown or left jet black for a more "painterly" effect. After the figures were drawn, the background was added in black and the pot fired. That dates to 480 BC. 4B, on the bottom of the krater in the picture. Grand antiques pieces are valued for their decorative value.
Dimensions: Height: 6 1/2", Width: 4". This is a VERY atypical piece. THIS PIECE IS 100% INTACT AND HAS NOT BEEN RESTORED FROM FRAGMENTS.If you are also looking for other items, collection or antiques, please feel free to go to my other wardrobes. Many other designer suits/sports jackets, tuxcido, shirts, ties, pants, vests, shoes, cufflinks, and etc. Armani, Brioni, Burberry, Canali, Christian Dior, Ermenegildo Zegna, English Laundry, Etro, Faconnable, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Kiton, Paul Smith, Ralph Lauren, Robert Graham, Saks Fifth Avenue, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ted Baker, Thomas Pink, Tommy Bahama, Zanella, and etc. Be sure to check them out -- COMING OUT SOON! We prefer to have it picked up locally due to collectible and its value. Thank you for checking out Bayshore2014 Listings! The item "ANCIENT GREEK ATTIC ARTWORK LEKYTHOS 480 BC KRATER Artwork Mark No. 4B" is in sale since Monday, April 15, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Antiquities\Greek". The seller is "fly-me-2-the-moon" and is located in Mercer Island, Washington. This item can be shipped worldwide.