Bucchero ware was the produce of Ancient Etruria and differs to its Attic counterpart in that the deep black colour was obtained during firing. Potters would reduce the oxygen supply to the kiln, allowing the flames to draw oxygen from the iron oxide within the clay. The result was that the clay changed colour in the process, from deep red to a dark black. A high shine could be achieved on Bucchero ware through polishing. Attic pottery in contrast had a black slip applied onto the vivid red clay.
Etruscan Bucchero Ware Chalice
An Ancient Etruscan blackware Bucchero chalice featuring a large stemmed foot leading to a notched-rim bowl. An encircling, rib decorates the bottom of the bowl. The foot also features four linear grooves, acting as a further decorative element.
Provenance: Anonymous sale; Bonhams, London, 14 May 2003, lot 486 (part lot). Gottfried and Helga Hertel collection, Cologne, acquired at the above sale.
Condition: Fine. Some professional restoration to body.