Friday, October 30, 2009

Pots seized in NYC: update

Earlier today I commented on the two pots seized in NYC. Art Daily now has a little more on the seizure with a picture.

The two pieces are:
  • an Apulian red-figured Situla (circa 365-350 B.C.)
  • an Attic red-figured Pelike (circa 480-460 B.C.)

This report added:
The Attic Red-Figured Pelike and the Apulian Red-Figured Situla were part of a collection that in the late 1990s was presented to an expert in the antiquities trade who described the collection as “fresh”, meaning that they were new to the international marketplace for such items. Items of this same collection have been traced back to Giacomo Medici.
The picture of the situla illustrated by artdaily.org corresponds with an Apulian situla that was sold at Christie's Rockefeller Plaza 3 June 2009, lot 132. The situla, attributed to the painter of the Dublin situlae, sold for $40,000. It is dated to "365-350 BC". Its collecting history is as follows:
  • Summa Galleries, Beverly Hills, 1977 (Catalog 2, no. 13)
  • Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1984
  • Summa Galleries, Beverly Hills, mid 1980s
  • sold as property of the Allen E. Paulson Living Trust
Is it significant that a Corthinian krater was seized from Christie's just before the June sale this year? [details] That, too, has been reportedly linked by photographic evidence to Giacomo Medici.


Image
Detail of Apulian situla illustrated by www.artdaily.org


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