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Grand Tour Collection Of Specimen and Rare Marble with Gold Bronze Sculpture

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an elegant collection of specimen and rare marbles framed with a neoclassical relief sculpture on the top. The collection of twelve "jewels" including from the top: Breccia di Skiros,, Amethyst, Alabastro fiorito, Rouge du Roi, Breccia Corallina,Serpentino, Breccia di Siena, Africano, Breccia Lattiforme, Porfido Imperiale, Gaillo Antico, Bianco e Nero di Aquitania, Breccia di Siena and Serpentino. The Grand Tour was the 17th- and 18th-century custom of a traditional trip through Europe undertaken by upper-class young European men of sufficient means and rank (typically accompanied by a chaperone, such as a family member) when they had come of age (about 21 years old). The custom — which flourished from about 1660 until the advent of large-scale rail transport in the 1840s and was associated with a standard itinerary — served as an educational rite of passage. Though the Grand Tour was primarily associated with the British nobility and wealthy landed gentry, similar trips were made by wealthy young men of other Protestant Northern European nations, and, from the second half of the 18th century, by some South and North Americans. By the mid-18th century, the Grand Tour had become a regular feature of aristocratic education in Central Europe as well, although it was restricted to the higher nobility. The tradition declined as enthusiasm for neo-classical culture waned, and with the advent of accessible rail and steamship travel—an era in which Thomas Cook made the "Cook's Tour" of early mass tourism a byword. The New York Times in 2008 described the Grand Tour in this way: Three hundred years ago, wealthy young Englishmen began taking a post-Oxbridge trek through France and Italy in search of art, culture and the roots of Western civilization. With nearly unlimited funds, aristocratic connections and months (or years) to roam, they commissioned paintings, perfected their language skills and mingled with the upper crust of the Continent.

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    Height: 31.5 in. (80 cm)Width: 6.7 in. (17 cm)Depth: 1.19 in. (3 cm)
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    Roma, IT
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    1stDibs: LU135017041152

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