A light bulb went on in my rather slow brain: surely these two vases belonged with the equestrians vase that the collector had in a distant room? I couldn't reach for it fast enough...and sure enough, all three vases were painted in the same palette. I arranged them side by side, and lo and behold: we had a stunning garniture. Below is a rather inadequate picture that I snapped with my camera in that first flush of excitement. See what I mean?
The collector who owns this garniture was delighted to discover he had it! He had acquired a collection of figures very many years ago, but he had not realized that these three vases belonged together. He has stuck a note in each vase to remind future owners (and sloppy auction houses) that each vase is related to the others.
I had assumed that three was the sum total of the related vases in this garniture, but something else has turned up. Just recently, this lot went through auction.
Another strange thing about the newly-discovered vase on the left is the small cottage perched atop it. It does make me wonder whether there was once a cottage atop the steps on the vase on the left of the three-piece garniture. I have otherwise seen a cottage of this form only once, as below.
This post raises more questions than it answers, but if collecting were not mentally stimulating it would be a rather boring pastime, would it not?