Recomposed from two pieces.
The characteristics of the Plain Rim Class are a simple bowl, a pair of horizontal handles set halfway down the bowl and rising to the rim, and a plain ring foot. The cups of this class never have a reserved handle zone, and stamped decoration on the interior is a common feature.
The basic form of a black glaze drinking vessel with shallow bowl, low foot and no stem comes in many varieties. The form is rare during the archaic period, when instead there was a vogue for the tall-stemmed kylix. After c.480BC the skyphos and stemless kylix rose to prominence as the most popular types of drinking cup. Indeed it was this popularity that led to large quantities of such close copies being produced in southern Italy. By the middle of the fourth century BC these too had fallen in popularity and were replaced by the kantharos.
ProvenanceSir Charles Alfred William Rycroft (1839-1884), London, UK
Charles Ede Ltd, London, UK; acquired from Sotheby's, 25th July 1977
Private collection, New Jersey, USA; acquired from the above 1979
Compare Brian A. Sparkes and Lucy Talcott, The Athenian Agora, Vol.XII, Black and Plain Pottery of the 6th, 5th and 4th centuries BC, Part 2 (Princeton, 1970), pl.22, no.481, though the decoration on the underside of the base differs slightly.
PublicationsSotheby's, London, UK, Antiquities, 25th July 1977, lot 310
Charles Ede Ltd, Pottery from Athens V (London, 1979), no.9