Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Euphronios: study by Vernon Silver

Vernon Silver's new study of the Euphronios cup, The Lost Chalice: The Epic Hunt for a Priceless Masterpiece, is about to be published by Harper Collins.

Suzan Mazur has commented on some of the detail, Mazur On Euphronios At Harvard Law & Lost Chalice (March 30, 2009).

Preliminary details can be found at www.TheLostChalice.com.
Moving from a Trojan War battlefield to an Athens pottery workshop to an Italian crypt, and involving tomb robbers, smugglers, a Hollywood producer and a Texas billionaire, journalist Vernon Silver tells the true story of the search for a 2,500-year-old chalice missing since 1990 when an anonymous European dealer snatched up the artifact in an auction at Sotheby’s.

The ancient cup’s tale mirrors the life story of a shady contemporary art dealer who made a fortune trading in antiquities, supplying the world’s greatest museums and collectors with artifacts illicitly removed from historical archaeological sites.

The Maserati-driving dealer holds the key to finding and saving the lost cup, but the discovery of the chalice’s fate reveals another riddle - and even greater missing treasure.

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