Nicely preserved black glaze Hydria

Object number
Object: Hydria (vessel for water storage)

Material: Pale clay with metallic glossy black slip

Date: 4th century B.C.
Greek colony in Southern Italy or Athenian

Description:    High vase with profiled base, ovoid body with flat shoulder, high slightly concave neck and flat mouth with profiled rim. Two small, horizontally attached handles turning under a a sharp angle to the top, third vertical handle from shoulder to the neck. Fully covered by glossy black slip except thin reserved band between foot and body.
Very high quality which would point to an Athenian workshop (however, Athenian Hydriae were typically decorated, which is not the case with the present vase) or a craftsman who had learned his skills in Athens.

Size: Height 270 mm, diameter 190 mm

Condition: Very good condition, handles broken and re-attached, otherwise fully preserved with minor chips, particularly at lip. Thick and still glossy black slip.

References: Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, New York, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections, Pl. 32.1 (Körper with grooves)
For a less qualitative Campanian Hydria, see Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Braunschweig, Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum, Pl. 45.3
For an Athenian Hydria, see e.g. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Providence, Museum of Rhode Island School of Design 1, Pl. 27.1

Provenance: Acquired 2020 from the German private collection A. Knorr. Inherited from his mother, E. Knorr, in 2013. Ms. Knorr inherited this cup and other ancient art objects in 1992 from Lieselotte Eichelmann from Herborn, Hessen, Germany. Before this, the objects have been in possession of Eichelmann family for 3 generations, after having been acquired by the grandfather of Ms. Eichelmann, Prof. Hans Rudolf Hartmann (1862 - 1946), who later called himself Hans Hartmann-MacLean. Prof. Hartmann-MacLean was a sculptor, medailleur and university professor at Dresden Art Academy. He most probably had acquired his collection during his study travels to Italy. Since then, the objects have permanently been in Germany.

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