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This ‘Etruscan’ vase matches the form and style of one in the Kiev Museum of Russian Art illustrated in the Miklashevsky two volume set.

Both vases have chariot scenes on one side. The museum chariot is directed to the left while mine is to the right. Mine has an additional figure verso where the museum vase has a stylized Greek medallion.

There are throwing lines on the interior of this vase indicating the body was made on a wheel. It also appears to have been thrown in sections. There is a hemispherical line around the widest point of the interior where two sections were joined together. Handles are likely slabbed.

There is an extreme contrast in wall thickness between the body and the lip. This has led to a series of vertical hairlines radiating down a few centimetres where thin meets thick.

Those thin walls make for an interesting translucency profile when lit from the inside. Granted, the vase was never intended to be viewed this way but how beautiful it looks all the same.

Enamel on porcelain. 23 cm in height. 1839 – 1862