by 1985 - 1988
Robin Symes Ltd. (London, England), sold to Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, 1998.
Not currently on view
Attic Black-Figure Psykter
Manner of the Lysippides Painter (Greek (Attic), active 530 - 510 B.C.)
Athens, Greece (Place Created)
about 530 B.C.
33 cm (13 in.)
Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman
Two chariots seen in a frontal view decorate this Athenian black-figure psykter or wine cooler. Each chariot carries a driver and a warrior whose heads are just visible over the edge of the chariot car. On one side Skythian archers, identified by their distinctive tall caps, hold the outside trace horses, and on the other side, fully armed warriors flank the chariot. The Greeks used psykters to chill the wine at a symposium or drinking party. Wine diluted with water was poured into the psykter, whose wide bulbous body was then floated inside a larger vessel filled with snow or cold water. Scholars believe that this is the earliest complete psykter to have survived from antiquity.
True, Marion, and Kenneth Hamma, eds. A Passion For Antiquities. Ancient Art from the Collection of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, exh. cat. (Malibu: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1994), pp. 86-89, cat. no. 36.
"Museum Acquisitions Between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 1998." The Report of the J. Paul Getty Trust (1997-98), p. 68.
Guy, J.R.," In the Shadow of the Berlin Painter. A Reconsideration of the Painter of Goluchow 37 and Related Pot-Painters." In The Berlin Painter and His World. exh. cat. J.M. Padgett, ed. (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2017), p. 210, footnote 71.