I also have the pleasure of seeking out beautiful finds in our lovely local shops.
I like to just look. Sometimes I find something, sometimes not.
Above, my latest obsession.
A PAIR of Etruscan-scene lidded vases.
Black (basalt?), cream, gold and ‘Hermès’ orange. A delicate aqua swath.
They are a whopping 28″ tall.
Museum quality, rare, circa 1860. Probably Staffordshire.
I know this because two museums have already looked.
$5400 for the pair. In a larger city, they would easily fetch twice that.
On 1st Dibs, an online antique resource, several similar single urns are/have been listed.
None as large, or as stunning in coloration.
These are all singles, no pairs.
$9000+ for this one, immediately below.