I've always loved the look of a classical bust in a room, but finding one that isn't too stuffy has always been a challenge. As such, I've never wanted to invest too much money in a bust, not knowing how it would really work in my home.
Last week, I spotted this bust at an estate sale. It is alabaster, not too huge, and I thought the lady is pretty.
The base had been repaired, so I used that to negotiate a really fair price. I did notice an etched "A Cipriani" on the back of it, but I didn't even google before buying because the price was right, and I liked her.
Once I got it home, I was glad I had bought it. As it turns out, Adolfo Cipriani is a well-respected Italian sculptor. His pieces range from about $2,500 on ebay to over $16,000 on 1st Dibs. They are collected by fancy collectors, in museums, etc. What a surprise!
She is just the right piece to stand guard over my favorite design books.
And she adds height to the other end of the desk, balancing the lamp. I think I will keep her (for now).
Have you ever bought something purely for its aesthetic value that ended up being valuable?