When I was about eight, my parents gave me a book about ancient Egyptian jewelry. I fell in love. The formalized shapes, the intricate beading, everything about the style appealed. Most of all I adored the rich, saturated, bold colors.
I’m still madly in love with color. I still hold a place in my heart for those exquisitely emphatic jewels. And I love it when I see something that isn’t jewelry, but still appears to have drawn inspiration from the same source.
I don’t think I’ve seen quite this shade of blue outside of ancient Egyptian artifacts, and the shape of the lotus blossom at the top of this vase strikes a similar chord. And yet it’s made in modern day France of glazed earthenware and hand painted. Since it’s hand painted, each one will be slightly different. It stands 12″ high, and is 5″ wide at the neck, slightly wider at the base.
I fell in love the instant I saw it. I fell in love all over again when I saw the sale price.
Originally $448.00, it’s been marked down to just $112.00! Oh, and if you’re a member of the New York City Botanical Gardens, you can get it at the further reduced price of just $100.80.
Go on. Cleopatra would want you to.