Etruscan Bucchero Caryatid Chalice
An ancient Etruscan bucchero chalice with a stepped conical base, the basin is supported on four struts, with two in the form of winged caryatids, alternating with two open work struts of griffins and winged horses.
Bucchero ware was the distinct local pottery type of ancient Etruria. It is distinguished by its delicately potted black earthen fabric as well as its glossy, burnished black surface, often with incision work. Bucchero ware was produced through the unique "reduction" method in which it was fired.
Formerly in a New York private collection; acquired at Christie's, New York, December 7, 2000, lot 508.