Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum

Catalogue of ancient Greek vases in British collections

‘Catalogue of Greek Vases’. The international Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, sponsored by the Union Académique Internationale, aims to illustrate all the ancient Greek pottery in public and private collections. The British Academy publishes fascicules contributing to the ‘Great Britain’ series of catalogues.

There is a wide spread of material. Bronze Age Greek, Cypriot, local Italian, Etruscan, and the local styles of the Archaic Greek city-states all appear beside the more familiar Athenian black and red figure. The large format allows all pieces to be fully illustrated, and there are profile drawings of the more interesting shapes, as an aid to the study of potting as well as painting. There is a full commentary on each vase.

The British committee is chaired by Dr Thomas Mannack.

Note that not all ‘Great Britain’ fascicules are published by the British Academy (eg some are published by British Museum Press – as indicated in the list).

British Academy fascicules are published by Oxford University Press. Some older fascicules may be available from Pen & Sword Books.

Great Britain

25. [published by British Museum Press]

24. Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 4 by H W Catling & T Mannack
64 pages + 75 plates
978-0-19-726444-7 hbk 2010 available from OUP £75.00

23. Reading Museum Service (Reading Borough Council) by Amy C Smith
64 pages + 40 plates
978-0-19-726389-1 hbk 2007 available from OUP £60.00

22. Aberdeen University: Marischal Museum Collection by Elizabeth Moignard
50 pages + 53 plates
978-0-19-726376-1 hbk 2006 available from OUP £65.00

21. Harrow School by Jasper Gaunt, with the collaboration of Thomas Mannack
86 pages + 56 plates
978-0-19-726306-8 hbk 2005 available from OUP £65.00

20. [published by British Museum Press]

19. Winchester College by John Falconer & Thomas Mannack
36 pages + 16 plates
978-0-19-726257-3 hbk 2002 out of print

18. The Glasgow Collections: The Hunterian Museum; the Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery, Kelvingrove; the Burrell Collection by Elizabeth Moignard
64 pages + 60 plates
0-19-726168-X hbk 1997 out of print

17. [published by British Museum Press]

16. The National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh by Elizabeth Moignard
0-19-726077-2 hbk 1989 available from Pen & Sword

15. Castle Ashby, Northampton by John Boardman & Martin Robertson
0-19-725981-2 portfolio 1979 out of print
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14. Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 3 by John Boardman
0-19-725953-7 portfolio 1975 out of print
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13. [published by British Museum Press]

12. University of Reading by Percy Neville Ure & Annie Dunman Ure
0-19-725802-6 portfolio 1954 out of print
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1-11. [not published by the British Academy]
(the publication of Fascicules 3, 6, 9 and 11 were supported financially by the British Academy)


1. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (Attic Black Figure and Related Wares) by John W Hayes
978-0-19-726000-5 portfolio 1981 out of print

New Zealand

1. New Zealand (Attic Protogeometric, Geometric and Black Figure; Corinthian) by J R Green
0-19-725990-1 portfolio 1979 out of print
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Summary Guide to Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum by Thomas H Carpenter
0-19-726033-0 pbk 1984 out of print

Summary Guide to Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. Second Edition by Thomas H Carpenter & Thomas Mannack
0-19-726203-1 pbk 2000 available from Pen & Sword

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