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Antique Pair of Framed Grand Tour Intaglios Early 19th Century

Antique Pair of Framed Grand Tour Intaglios Early 19th Century | Ref. no. 08716 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 08716
Price: £ 0.00
A decorative group consisting of a pair of framed plaster Grand Tour intaglios of various sizes dating from the early 19th Century.

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A decorative group consisting of a pair of framed plaster Grand Tour intaglios of various sizes dating from the early 19th Century.

The intaglios are beautifully mounted on a plush felt ground in a pair of oval giltwood glazed box frames.

They consist of a total of twenty shaped plaster intaglios of varying sizes depicting Classical figures, including the God Mercury, the rape of the Sabine Women, Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Cupid and Psyche and various Gladiatorial scenes.

Provenance: Contents of Carlton Manor, Scottland

Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.



Dimensions in cm:

Height 28 x Width 23 x Depth 3

Dimensions in inches:

Height 11 inches x Width 9 inches x Depth 1 inch

Our reference: 08716

The Grand Tour was the traditional trip around Europe, often lasting three to four years, undertaken by the wealthy upper-class English during the 16th and 17th century. Their prime interest was to visit cities that were considered major centres of culture; Paris, Rome, Venice, Florence and Naples were popular destinations.

During the 18th and 19th century, the opportunity to take the “Grand Tour” spread from the aristocracy to the new industrial and professional elites, tourist destinations such as Rome shifted their attention from the privileged class to meeting the travel needs of the monied middle-class, including a healthy souvenir trade.

Souvenir engravings of tourist attractions began to appear everywhere. In addition to albums of engraved views, “the Grand Tour offered another very popular type of travel souvenir, the now nearly forgotten cameos. The taste for these engraved antique gems was revived as part of the classical revival and later reproduced as miniature plaster casts. Mounted in faux book bindings, these plaster cameos provided a minutely detailed cabinet of neoclassical knowledge and art. 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 28 x Width 23 x Depth 3

Dimensions in inches:

Height 11 inches x Width 9 inches x Depth 1 inch

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