Scholar of Greek vases, Sir John Beazley, named the Painter of the Frankfort Acorn based on a acorn-shaped lekythos attributed to the painter in a Frankfort collection. The Frankfort lekythos also preserves the potter-signature of Phintias the Athenian, the attributed potter of the Getty's lekythos.
The best Athenian vase-painters of the end of the fifth century B.C.--including the Painter of the Frankfort Acorn--worked in the style of the Meidias Painter. They favored vases of precious quality, highly embellished with added clay relief that might be gilded. His style is detailed, yet graceful and languid, and suited in theme to the private world of women.