Rare Group of Three 19th Century Grand Tour "Rosso Antico" Red Marble Obelisk For Sale
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Rare Group of Three 19th Century Grand Tour "Rosso Antico" Red Marble Obelisk


A rare group of three very finely carved 19th century Grand Tour period "marmo rosso antico" obelisks. Engraved with hieroglyphs overall, with stepped bases, one inscribed with gilt Latin lettering OBELISCUS FLAMINIUS, all three on black marble plinth. Wonderful original condition. Measure: Height of the pair is 46 cm (18.1 inch), height of the smaller obelisk is: 36 cm (14.2 inch). The Grand Tour was an traditional trip taken by aristocratic young men as an educational right of passage to Italy. While the practice began in the late seventeenth century, it flourished particularly in the later half of the nineteenth century with the proliferation of rail transportation. The Grand Tour allowed the artistic appreciation of the classical past as well as the triumphs of the Renaissance.


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  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1830-1850
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  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    All three obelisks with one break in the middle, professionally restored. The pedestals with minor chips around the edges and corners. Overall very nice, authentic condition.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Dimensions
    H 18.12 in. x W 3.55 in. x D 3.55 in.H 46 cm x W 9 cm x D 9 cm
  • Seller Location
    Worpswede / Bremen, DE
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  • Sold As
    Set of 3
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