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    Two 'Grand-Tour' Siena Marble Models of Ruins
    Unknown maker, probably Italy
    Late 19th century
    Marble and slate
    Unmarked
    27.75 inches high x 13.25 inches wide

    Each with Corinthian columns supporting a partial entablature, the entire raised on rectangular slate plinth; one representing the ruins of the Temple of Castor and Pollux; the other the Temple of Vespasian.

    The 'Grand Tour' of the Continent constituted an educational journey, primarily to Italy, to absorb European politics, culture and art. The nobility of England and the wealthy of the United States were the primary participants in this 18th and early 19th century pilgrimage to the center of the ancient and Renaissance arts. Attracted by the heritage of the ancient Roman monuments, especially those still half-buried in the Roman Forum, travelers on the 'Grand Tour' usually bought mementos along the way. Miniature models, like the two models of ruins offered, were especially prized as keepsakes of the 'Grand Tour' to be taken home and shown to friends and relatives.

    Provenance:
    Sotheby's London 2005


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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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