On the Fascination of Objects: Greek and Etruscan Art in the Shefton Collection [Hardback]

John Boardman(Editor); Andrew Parkin(Editor); Sally Waite(Author)

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ISBN: 9781785700064 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 192p, H9.5 x W6.7, Full color
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On the Fascination of Objects


The Shefton Collection in Newcastle upon Tyne contains a fine array of Greek and Etruscan objects and takes its name from its founder Professor Brian Shefton (1919 – 2012). In spite of the importance of this collection it has not been widely published and remains something of a hidden gem. Brian Shefton was an insightful collector, as well as a distinguished scholar of Greek and Etruscan archaeology, and the 14 papers presented here reflect the broad scope of the collection; ranging across pottery, jewelery, terracottas and metalwork. The contributions, written by leading experts in the field, focus on specific objects or groups of objects in the Collection, providing new interpretations and bringing previously unpublished items to light. The history of the Shefton Collection is explored. Together these contributions provide a tribute to a remarkable individual who made a substantial and notable contribution to his discipline.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

John Prag

1. Introduction, Tony Spawforth and Andrew Parkin

2. Little Boxes, Little Boxes, Elizabeth Moignard

3. Evocative Objects. The Attic Black-Glazed Plemochoai (Exaleiptra) between Archaeology and Vase Painting, Diana Rodríguez Pérez

4. An Attic Red-Figure Kalathos in the Shefton Collection, Sally Waite

5. Farewells by the Achilles Painter, Susan B. Matheson

6. Note on an Askos in Newcastle, François Lissarrague

7. Some Early Attic Red-Figure Stemless Cups, Brian A. Sparkes

8. The Nostell Priory Bolsal, David W. J. Gill

9. Two Coral-Red Bowls in the Shefton Collection, Athena Tsingarida

10. The Shefton Dolphin Rider, Judith M. Barringer

11. Lydian Gold to Newcastle, Dyfri Williams

12. Three Etruscan Mirrors in the Shefton Collection, Andrew Parkin

13. Brian Benjamin Shefton and the Etruscan Bronze Funnels, Alessandro Naso

14. The Newcastle Gems, John Boardman

Reviews & Quotes

"“This elegant little book presents the collection of the Museum of Newcastle University… This handy book has good quality colour illustrations…” "


"“This handy book has illustrations in good quality colours overall, the notes and the bibliography are grouped together at the end of each study. The eclecticism of contributions reflects the many facets of a full collection of unusual works, and shows the willingness to engage a wide audience with accurate analyses from specialists in each technique.” "


"“…an academically rigorous and beautifully presented volume”"
Amy C. Smith, University of Reading
(January 25, 2018 (2018.01.38))

""[A] fascinating work from a distinguished set of contributors […] A fitting monument to the man and his legacy.""

Ancient West & East ()

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