A dispersal of the contents of a Norman manor house will be the first sale in Caen by Parisian auctioneers Beaussant Lefèvre & Associés. The highlight will be top quality Greek ceramics.
Greek art, Attica, Louvre painter F6, c. 540-530 BCE, neck amphora with black figures, orange clay, black glaze, red and white paint highlights, iridescent glaze, h. 33.5 cm/13.18 in.
Gathered over a 60-year period, the eclectic collection features 10 different specialties from prehistory to today, including paintings and drawings, especially marine and regional themes, and 25 outstanding ancient Greek ceramics with perfectly documented provenance. An Attic kylix (22 x 10.5 x 29.7 cm/8.66 x 4.13 x 11.69 in) from c. 470-460 BCE with type “C” red figures by the painter of Telephos features a beautiful interior painted with a border decorated by Greek keys and a bare-chested bearded man sitting at a table on a klismos (a Greek chair with curved legs) holding a curved stick and a vial. The outer decoration, which runs all the way around the kylix, features an ephebe draped in a himation leaning on a stick across from a woman standing in front of a klismos and handing him a skyphos (a drinking cup also used for libations). The piece is estimated at €4,000/6,000.
A black-figured amphora (see photo) has an ovoid body decorated with a young rider between two bearded, standing spectators wearing himations on one side and two panthers face-to-face on the other. Acquired at a sale in Basel on October 5, 1963, it is attributed to the Louvre painter F6, the reference name of the ceramic in the Paris museum. He was a follower of Lydos, who was active in Athens in the mid-sixth century BCE and marked the apogee of black figures.