Grand Tour Bronze Patinated Greek revival Oil Lamp *SOLD*
Grand Tour Bronze Patinated Greek revival Oil Lamp the circular beaded, gadrooned and moulded disk supported on a tripartite stand raised on cloven feet intersected with honeysuckles below a spherical lidded relief decorated reservoir issuing an anthemion thumb-piece and twin burners. A Grand Tour Souvenir
Italy, mid 19th century
Height: 9 cm Width: 25 cm Depth: 17 cm
During the 18th and 19th century, privileged tourists embarked on the "Grand Tour", travelling principally to recently discovered sites in Italy, to view ruins of the ancient world as well as the art and architecture in Europe from the Renaissance & Baroque eras. The flood of these travellers to destinations north and south – Venice, Rome, and Naples in particular – led to an abundance of sculptures marble and bronze, paintings, drawings, and prints by native Italians serving a foreign market eager to return home with pictures and souvenirs of their Grand Tour.