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Our advice on acquiring ancient ceramic ware

Our advice on acquiring ancient ceramic ware

6 Different cities produced their own styles — and many were made in southern Italy Decoration can tell you a lot about the age and origins of a vase, and can add considerable value. Some of the earliest pieces from the Archaic Period (around 9th–7th century BC) feature mainly geometric designs and natural forms, occasionally including iconic combat scenes and stylised warriors. As Greek painters perfected their techniques, scenes became more elaborate and daring, usually depicting mythology, banquets and athletes. Many Greek cities produced vases in this period. Corinth was the dominant city at first, but Athens, due to its superior clay and more adventurous artists, became the leading centre for vase production from about 550 to 400 BC. Attic black-figure vases can be dated as far back as the 7th century BC, while the red-figure style evolved later and was also adopted b...

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