Two Attic Amphoras Pre-empted by the Louvre

On 18 May 2018, by Anne Doridou-Heim
Attributed to the Leagros Group, Attica, c. 520-500 BC. Two black-figure amphorae, black glazed terracotta with white and red paint highlights, height: 44.5 cm.
Result: €685,300

With a grand total of €1,294,178, this archaeology sale recorded the highest endorsement of the field since the beginning of the year at Drouot. It was of intense interest to institutions, first and foremost one of the most prestigious: the Louvre, which pre-empted these two Attic amphoras on provisional bids (with the option of selling several lots as one) for €685,300. The two black-figure ceramics attributed to the Leagros Group are variations on the celebration of wine, both illustrating the same Dionysian frenzy. The Paris museum already has several hydrial and neck amphorae painted by these artists. They are defined as the "Leagros" group because they all represented a young man appointed as strategist in 465 BC and killed in combat the same year, and mentioned his name. These amphoras have the additional asset of a fascinating historical provenance, as they once belonged to Lucien Bonaparte (1775-1840). He started up a large-scale dig in Etruria in 1828-1829 – when his brother Napoleon was no longer emperor, or even of this world.

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