This black-glazed calyx krater is notable not only for its large scale and superb condition, but also for the fact that it is completely unadorned. It is rare to see a large-scale black glaze vessel of this shape without any additional decoration. Instead, the wonderfully preserved glossy black surface allows the work of the potter to shine, turning the piece into a study in form and proportion. Judging from the shape, our vase most likely came from the region of Campania on the southwestern coast of Italy, a region known throughout history for its love of Greek culture and rich natural resources.
Private Collection, France and Belgium, acquired 1966.
North American art market, 2010.