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Offline Robert L3

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New Pottery Gallery
« on: July 30, 2020, 09:16:06 pm »
Figured a post to introduce my new pottery gallery is in order. The modest beginnings are here:

I collected some pottery years ago, but sold them off a long while back. Recently my interest was revived. Not exactly sure why, but I decided to dive back in.

I'm not going to link to each and every entry. Nor will I be updating this thread with every addition over time. I'm feeling unhurried and, so, will acquire pieces slowly (I'm proceeding cautiously - fakes abound) - and will update the gallery when time allows. Same for my weapons gallery.

I have been focusing on picking up items with good provenance. Here are my faves thus far, below.
Western Asian Vessel #2
NW Iran
12th – 10th century BC
13.97 cm (w) x 15.24 cm (h)
(5 1/2” x 6”)
The vessel is from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection and is ex-Sotheby's. For those who may not know, Sackler was one of the United States' most important and prolific collectors of Asian and ancient art. I fondly remember spending lots of time in the Sackler Museum at Harvard in the mid-1980's. I've also enjoyed a few visits to the Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian in D.C. over the years. So, the "Ex-Sackler Collection" designation for one of my pottery pieces is significant. To me it's as meaningful as the "Ex-David Sellwood Collection" labels attached to some of my Parthian coins.
Western Asian Vessel #1
(Likely NW Iran, based on similarity to vessels excavated at Tepe Giyan, Godin Tepe, and Tepe Sialk* in NW Iran. For an example of a pot with similar pattern of small triangles at the ridge/shoulders, see this one from Tepe Sialk:
c. 1000 BC
24.1 cm (w) x 20.32 cm (h)
(9 ½” x 8”)
Ex-Marcel Gibrat Collection
This piece is, thus far, the largest example of ancient pottery that I own. FYI, Gibrat was an art restorer/conservator for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is remembered as an expert in antiquities, despite only having a sixth-grade education, and as being the only Met restorer without a PhD. He began purchasing antiquities, tribal art, Asian art, and European art beginning in the early to mid-1960s. He collected, restored, bought, and sold high quality items for the better part of three decades, before falling ill and being unable to work in 1992.
Cypro-Geometric III, Early Iron Age
c. 850 – 700 BC
15.8 cm (w) x 38 mm (h)
(6 3/16” x 1 1/2”)
This bowl has a hand-written export license number from Cyprus Museum in Nicosia on its bottom, which was recorded prior to its shipping to UK, where it ended up in a private collection in Kent, UK, between the 1960's and 1980's.
c. 2nd century AD
16.2 cm (w) x 73 mm (h)
(6.4” x 2.9”)
This gray ware bowl, though ugly, comes with unusually specific provenance. It was excavated at Deans Hanger, Towcester, Northamptonshire, England in 1972, before ending up in the private collection of Michael Green of Tiverton, England.
1st century AD
86 mm (w) x 30 mm (h)
(3 3/8" x 1 3/16”)
Ex. private collection, Paris, France; inherited and formerly acquired in North Africa during the early to mid-20th century.
Although acquired in North Africa by those earlier collectors, a recognized antiquities expert states, "The bowl is likely of European manufacture and was exported in antiquity to the Roman North African colonies. I say this as the red slip is a little bit finer and glossier than the Roman North African local production (mostly around modern Tunisia). Also, this barbotine decoration was very popular throughout the Roman Empire and therefore widely exported/traded."
Bucchero Ware Chalice
Etruscan/Etruria (Central Italy)
c. 7th – 6th century BC
12.7 cm (w) x 89 mm (h)
(5” x 3.5”)
Ex-Wesley Laws Collection, Palms Spring, CA
c. 5th – 4th century BC
12 cm (l) x 60 mm (h)
(4 3/4” x 2 3/8”)
Formerly part of two European collections, the earlier formed mainly in the 1980’s.
Oil Lamp
c. 3rd – 1st century BC
98.4 mm (l) x 73 mm (w) x 33 mm (h)
(3 7/8” x 2 7/8” x 1 5/16”)
I'm not generally into oil lamps (so to speak), but I am partial to glazed pottery. This lamp has an oxidized black glaze.

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Re: New Pottery Gallery
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2020, 06:20:07 am »
Some of the pieces from my collection

Offline Robert L3

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Re: New Pottery Gallery
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2020, 07:40:58 am »
Wonderful artifacts, Tanit. The “Venus Terracotta,” in particular, is truly outstanding. Thanks for sharing.

- Bob

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Re: New Pottery Gallery
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2020, 08:56:40 am »
Very nice. Thanks for sharing them with us.
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