Greek or Roman plate with richly decorated handles

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Made in 2nd - 1ct century B.C., Roman Republic. Handles decorated with tendrils and Silen heads. From the Austrian collection of Prof. Ritschel, carrier of the Large Cross of Honor of the Austrian Republic and many other prizes and honors.
Object:        Plate or shallow bowl

Material: Red clay with mostly preserved dark red - brownish slip

Date: About 2nd - 1st century B.C.
Roman Republic

Description:    Plate or shallow bowl with slightly concave base and gently rising rim. Two attached handles richly decorated with tendrils, at the tips Silen heads. The bottom is stamped with a star or sun with 8 beams.

Size: Diameter 29 cm with and 23 cm without handles, height 4 cm.

Condition: Restored from four large pieces. Surface and decoration in very good state of preservation.

Provenance: Acquired by us in 2019 from the estate of professor Ritschel, Austria. Exported with the approval of the Austrian federal monuments office. Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Ritschel acquired his collection between 1960 and 1970 from international art dealers.

Prof. Ritschel
Professor Ritschel played an important role for the culture and historical heritage of Salzburg in Austria. He supported the town's cultural development with great commitment. For example, he sponsored the restoration of the Franciscan Church. As a president of the local museum association he was playing a key role in the erection of the Salzburg Museum in the Neue Residenz. The author and brilliant writer manifested his interest in history in over 50 books and 500 columns telling the story of Salzburg. He lived his passion to communicate history to a broader public. For his achievements Karl-Heinz Ritschel was decorated many times, for example in 1995 when the Republic of Austria awarded its Decoration for Science and Art.
Also his private collection of ancient art was impressive, focussing on Roman pottery, glass, bronzes and portraiture. We have taken great care to prepare the apparently unpublished pieces with our usual high claim to quality. Now we would like to give them back to the commitment and care of a well-managed collection.

Authenticity: We unconditionally guarantee the authenticity of every artefact, all items are subject to our lifetime return policy on authenticity.