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A Campanian bell krater (wine bowl) attributed to the 'Soane Painter'

After the middle of the 4th century BC

Made in a Greek colony in southern Italy.

Pottery with black and white decoration on a grey clay body

Height: 19.5cm
Diameter: 17cm, maximum

Museum number: L6

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 543help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Not on display

Curatorial note

Side A
Female head facing left, her face and diadem in white.

Side B
A satyr head facing right with a diagonal fillet in its hair in white.

Around the underside of the lip of the vase is a laurel leaf border; there are palmettes between white-outlined reeds at the handles and there is a reserved fillet border around the bottom of the vase.

This vase is related to the work of the so-called 'Frignano Painter' and is attributed by Dr. Cambitoglou to the painter of the bell krater Oxford no. 1945.73 (formerly Oxford, Beazley: JHS, LXIII, 1943, p.80, fig.7). Dr. Cambitoglou has tentatively suggested naming this artist the 'Soane Painter'. It may be compared with the Oxford vase already mentioned and also with Naples 793, 919, Louvre K 270 (with female heads); Louvre K 256 (with Satyr head) and Turin 4699. When used, the two female heads appear in white.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Purchased by John Soane from the sale of the effects of the Reverend Charles Augustus North, Christie's, November 1825, Lot 23 (part) '...A small Campana vase with the Head of a Faun contrasted with a head of Proserpine...'. A note in the sale catalogue and a letter to Soane from his agent at the sale, James Adams, record that the classical objects were the property of Rev North's father, Dr Brownlow North, Bishop of Winchester.


A.D. Trendall, The Red-Figured Vases of Lucania, Campania and Sicily, Oxford, 1967, I, p.389, no.215, pl.150, 3 (The Painter of Oxford 1945.73).

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