Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A krater from a United Kingdom private collection

Among the images recovered from the island of Schinoussa is a series relating to an Attic red-figured volute-krater showing a Dionysiac scene. The krater is said to have once resided in a private collection in the United Kingdom. It is also reported to have had a previous "home" in a Swiss "private collection".

Are these images suggesting that "private collection" means little more than the stock of certain dealers in antiquities? Is it time that the names of such private collections be revealed?

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Detail from the Schinoussa Dossier (courtesy of Christos Tsirogiannis).

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