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Grand Tour Furniture

GRAND TOUR STYLE

For 18th-century young British noblemen, no education was complete without a year on the Grand Tour. Although it had no official route, the Grand Tour focused on places foundational to European art, literature and architecture, including sites in France, Germany, Switzerland and, most importantly, Italy. It was an opportunity not just to witness the roots of the classics they had studied but also to take some of it home. Grand Tour furniture was among the souvenirs.

Grand Tour furniture ranged from marble architectural models replicating ancient wonders to actual antiquities often taken illicitly, leaving a legacy of looting still being unraveled today. Other items reflected the artistic richness of the Renaissance cities and other destinations. In Italy, this included scagliola tables and pedestals mimicking marble as well as tabletops and wall panels embedded with pietra dura hard stone mosaics.

Furniture was also developed to display Grand Tour purchases in the owner’s home, presenting them as a cultivated and well-traveled person. Mahogany collector’s cabinets held objects like intaglio moldings of coins and seals while others had specialized drawers that framed pietra dura panels.

Many objects were specifically produced for Grand Tour collectors. Often accompanied by retinues on journeys lasting months or years, the elite travelers, the wealthiest of whom extended their trips to Egypt and the Holy Land, required artful personal mementos befitting the experience. For example, Grand Tour micromosaicssmall artworks, most not more than two inches wide — arose from the entrepreneurial impulses of artisans who had trained in the Vatican’s workshops.

Grand Tour journeys would help inform a range of decorative styles such as neoclassical, Rococo and Adam style. (Architect and designer Robert Adam toured Italy and France for five years.) The Grand Tour flourished at a time of economic prosperity and political stability, but the French Revolution in 1789 brought it to an end. Yet as the tradition faded in popularity in England, the rising wealth of the United States led to an increase in tourism across the Atlantic and a similar passion for collecting to show one’s worldliness.

Find a collection of Grand Tour decorative objects, wall decorations, lighting and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Grand Tour
Mid Century Art Deco Silver Bronze Sculpture Polar Bear by George Lavroff
Located in Dublin, Ireland
Superb Silvered patinated Bronze Polar Bear Sculpture by George Lavroff mounted on a solid black marble base, modelled in the Art Deco style. Circa 1930s. Condition: Perfect showroo...
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Early 20th Century French Grand Tour Furniture

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Marble, Bronze

Pair of mid 20th century carved solid wood lions
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Pair of mid 20th century carved solid wood lions circa 1950. Here we offer a fine pair of decorative carved lions for the ultimate installation piece.  Heavily carved out of solid w...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Grand Tour Furniture

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Hardwood

Large 19th Century Bronze Bust
By Sabatino De Angelis
Located in Richmond, London
A superb 'Grand Tour' bronze bust, traditionally described as Dionysus (Dionysos), after the original excavated at the Villa of the Papyri in 1754; by the Sabatino and Sons foundry, ...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Bronze

Rare Original Early 19th Century Roman Grand Tour Rosso Antico Marble Lion Bath
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this incredibly rare original early 19th century Roman Grand Tour Rosso Antico marble bath with Lion head detailing This bath is stunning, I hav...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Marble

French Grand Tour Borghese Gladiator in Cast Metal
Located in New York, NY
Monumental French late 19th century Grand Tour heavy cast metal sculpture of the Borghese Gladiator. The piece depicts a swordsman during fight and is a cast reproduction of the fame...
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1880s French Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Metal

Italian Grand Tour Pietra Dura Oval Table Top on Cast Iron Base
Located in Kenilworth, IL
Traditional oval Pietra Dura table top of black marble inlaid with naturally colored stone creating a bouquet of yellow roses with a white oriental li...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Stone, Marble, Iron

Large Grand Tour Sculpture Bronze Greco-Roman Uffizi Wrestlers Barbedienne
Located in Rochester, NY
Grand tour circa 1860s bronze of the Wrestlers. Rich fine dark brown patina. Marked "F. Barbedienne Fondeur." The Wrestlers also known as The Two Wrestlers, The Uffizi Wrestlers...
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Mid-19th Century Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Metal, Bronze

Antique Grand Tour 'King Charles Spaniel' Micro Mosaic Plaque, Italy, C.1850
Located in Chatham, ON
Antique Grand Tour 'King Charles Cavalier Spaniel' micro mosaic plaque - hand made to the finest quality with great detail - may be framed or mount...
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Mid-19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Glass

Grand Tour Columns, a Pair
Located in Tampa, FL
A pair of 1800s specimen marble grand tour columns.
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Early 1800s Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Marble

Grand Tour Italian Gilt Bronze Pendant Oil Lamp
Located in New York, NY
An 1870s Italian Historicist reproduction of a Baroque oil lamp in gilt bronze with winged mermaids and grotesques. Possibly made as a Grand Tour copy of an original lamp from the ch...
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1870s Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Bronze

Grand Tour Style Venetian Canal Oil Painting - Signed - Italy - Circa 1950's
Located in Chatham, ON
Post Impressionist Grand Tour style Venetian oil painting on prepared Masonite panel - titled verso 'PALAZZO DUCALE, VENEZIA' - featuring the Doge's Palace on the Grand Canal with bo...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Grand Tour Furniture

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Masonite, Paint

add photosCamillo de Vito, View from Naples Pier, Gouache, c.1820s Regular price
Located in Savannah, GA
Camillo de Vito (Italian, active 1794-1845) Veduta del Molo di Napoli (view from the Naples pier), circa 1820s. A gouache on paper depicting a sailin...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Glass, Fruitwood, Paint, Paper

Snake Blue Wood Serving Tray
Located in ROCCAVIVARA CB, IT
This tray is made out of birchwood and is a different and original option for home serving trays.   
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Grand Tour Furniture

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Wood

Snake Red Wood Serving Tray
Located in ROCCAVIVARA CB, IT
This tray is made out of birchwood and is a different and original option for home serving trays.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Grand Tour Furniture

Materials

Wood

Neoclassical Solid Marble Black, Brown and Gray Obelisk
Located in Elkhart, IN
A stunning neoclassical or Grand Tour style solid marble black, brown & gray obelisk Measures: 3.5"W x 3.5"D x 16"H. Very good original vintage condition.
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Late 20th Century Pakistani Grand Tour Furniture

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Marble

19th C. Italian Grand Tour Bronze of the Gladiator, After the Roman Antique
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
19th C. Italian Grand Tour Bronze of the Gladiator, After the Roman Antique Attributed to the Naples Foundry, Late 19th Century This fine 19th-century Italian Grand Tour bronze scul...
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19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

Materials

Marble, Bronze

Large 19th Century Grand Tour Venus de Milo Marble Column
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Large 19th-century Grand Tour Venus de Milo Marble Column  France, circa 1880  A magnificent 19th-century Grand Tour Venus de Milo marble column from France, circa 1880. This rare a...
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19th Century French Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Marble, Bronze

Vintage Solid Marble Orbs Spheres Mounted on Bases, Matched Pair
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Solid Marble Orbs Spheres Mounted on Bases, Matched Pair Offered for sale is a pair of solid marble orbs or speres mounted on stepped marble bases in the Grand Tour style.
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20th Century Grand Tour Furniture

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Marble

Fine Late 18th Century Grand Tour Marble Tondo of Athena
Located in Pease pottage, West Sussex
A fine late 18th Century Grand Tour marble tondo of Athena. Italy Circa 1780.
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Marble

Large Pair of Neoclassical Grand Tour Breccia di Serravezza Marble Tazza.
Located in Pease pottage, West Sussex
Fine, large scale pair of Neoclassical Grand Tour Breccia di serravezza marble tazza. Exceptional quality. Rome, Circa 1840.
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Mid-19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Marble, Breccia Marble

Pair Vintage Musical Figural Sculptors Male Book Ends Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Located in Dublin, Ireland
Stylish Pair of Grand Tour style Figural Bookends Holders depicting two sculptural male views of Music Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Standing in period dress, each flanked by a l...
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Mid-20th Century British Grand Tour Furniture

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Marble

Pair of 19th Century Venetian Landscape Signed A. Brandeis
By Antonietta Brandeis
Located in Roma, IT
Pair of wonderful and important oil paintings on panel Signed lower right and lower left “A. Brandeis.” The very high quality of brushwork, intense light, accuracy of detail and an e...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Wood

An Italian Grand Tour Specimen Marble Paperweight, Late 19th Century
Located in Spencertown, NY
The round paperweight framed in black marble, with porphyry and sienna marble and other marble specimens. The center in sienna marble with carved bea...
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1850s Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Belgian Black Marble

Ippolito Caffi 19th Century Signed Italian Painting
Located in Roma, IT
Beautiful and important painting attributed to the great 19th-century artist Ippolito Caffi. Tempera on canvas pasted on panel. Depicts the Bay of Naples in all its resplendent beaut...
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Mid-19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Wood, Paper

19th Century Grand Tour Silver Box, likely made in Germany
Located in Chapel Hill, NC
19th century Grand Tour silver box, likely made in Germany. With faux Paris, 1784 hallmarks. Decorated with a 17th century gentleman in rococo cartouche. 3.55 troy oz. 3 3/8" x 2.75"...
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19th Century German Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Silver

Set Of Five Framed Italian Intaglios
Located in Essex, MA
Framed in modern mahogany frames with linen inner border. The intaglios mounted on paper with printed antique script.
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

Materials

Plaster

Early 19th Century Empire Italian Marble Column
Located in Roma, IT
A beautiful, important column in black and white veined marble with a base and finial in pure white Carrara marble. The veins combine in a fascinating weave to form an elegant abstra...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Marble

Perioid Grand Tour Style Signed Italian Painting
By Pietro Sassi
Located in Roma, IT
Beautiful oil painting on canvas depicting the Roman Forum, in particular the Temple of Jupiter Stator. An important example of Grand Tour painting, this wonderful painting evocatively illustrates the unparalleled beauty of the Roman ruins, which have inspired generations of poets and artists throughout the world. Unidentified signature at lower right, but most likely attributable to the great Italian artist Pietro Sassi. This painting, never before on the market, comes from a private collection Pietro Sassi (18 July 1834 – 30 December 1905) was an Italian painter who specialized in large scale vedute of Rome and the Roman Campagna. He was born in Alessandria and resident in Rome, where he painted genre and both urban and rural vedute paintings. Le Sponde del Lago di Garda in Tirolo was exhibited at the 1880 Exhibition of Fine Arts in Turin, while two landscapes where exhibited in the next year in Milan. In 1883 he found great success in Rome where he exhibited three large scale views of ‘La Campaña Romana’, 'Il Temporale in Mare’, and ‘Il Mare del Nord’ in addition to twelve other paintings including Un Bosco di Querce negli Appennini Romani and The Arch of Septimus...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Canvas

1970s Arthur Court Forged Aluminum Chargers, Set of 12
Located in Miami, FL
Offered is a set of twelve forged aluminum chargers / underplates / chop plates embellished with elephants on each of the four corners designed by Arthur Court in the mid to late 197...
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1970s Unknown Vintage Grand Tour Furniture

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Aluminum

P. Ipsen (1815-1860) Neoclassical Style Antique Terracotta Plaque
By Peter Ipsen
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
An antique late 19th century terracotta plaque by 19th century Danish artist Peter Ipsen (1815-1860). The dramatic scene illustrates soldiers following a chariot while an angel and m...
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Mid-19th Century Danish Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Terracotta

Coppia di Cavalli in Bronzo Inizi 1800 Sculture Italiane Animalier Basi Dorate
Located in Milan, IT
Coppia di Cavalli in Bronzo Sculture Grand Tour dell' Inizio 1800,  figure di cavalli rampanti di origine italiana, fusioni in bronzo a patina scura poggianti su basi lignee, tornit...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Bronze

Apollo and Diana Plaster Busts
Located in Savannah, GA
A pair of modern grand tour plaster busts depicting Apollo and Diana, circa 1940s. 5 ½ inches wide by 4 ¼ inches deep by 10 ½ inches tall Good overall with some discoloration and ...
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1940s Unknown Vintage Grand Tour Furniture

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Plaster

Pair of 19th Century Grand Tour Marble Tazzas Stands
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
A pair of decorative Grand Tour marble tabletop tazza's. This pair has great detail including the tear drop style of Jacques Ruhlmann bronze feet. These could certainly be used for a...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Grand Tour Furniture

Materials

Marble, Bronze

Large Italian Marble Bust of Roman Emperor Dated 1887
Located in New York, NY
Our very large and expertly sculpted Italian marble bust of a Roman emperor measures 35 in tall, 29 in wide and 13 1/2 in deep. Signer on reverse P.B. 1887. Possibly depicts Julius...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Marble

Pair of Grand Tour Bronze and Siena Marble Tazza
Located in Castle Douglas, GB
A pair of Grand Tour Bronze and Siena Marble Tazza These well formed low urns with fluted bowl and shaped foot, each with two pairs of handles, standing on yellow Siena marble plinth...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Siena Marble, Bronze

Antique 19th Century Italian Grand Tour Siena Marble Model of a Sarcophagus
Located in New York, NY
A Magnificent Antique 19th Century Italian Grand Tour Siena Marble Model of a Sarcophagus on a Rouge Marble Base. This piece is modeled in the manner of Benedetto Boschetti, featuri...
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Mid-19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Marble, Siena Marble

Hand Wood Big Serving Tray
Located in ROCCAVIVARA CB, IT
Hands means protection, sheltering and coziness This tray is made out of Birchwood and is a different and original option for home serving trays.     
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Grand Tour Furniture

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Wood

Hand Painted Persian Small Iron Tray Blue
Located in ROCCAVIVARA CB, IT
The magic of the Persian world reproduced by hand on this tray The details of the colors will enlighten your table.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Grand Tour Furniture

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Iron

Handpainted Persian Iron Tray Flowers
Located in ROCCAVIVARA CB, IT
The magic of the Persian world reproduced by hand on this tray The details of the flowers will enlighten your table.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Grand Tour Furniture

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Iron

Italian Specimen Marble Top Wrought Iron Round Table
Located in Forney, TX
A visually striking wrought iron table topped with a magnificent 19th century Italian Grand Tour pietra dura style circular specimen top. Inlaid with 99 rare and exotic highly polish...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Marble, Wrought Iron

Italian Grand Tour Marble and Alabaster Plaque of Ancient Scholars - Poets
Located in Bradenton, FL
Rare Italian Grand Tour marble and alabaster plaque with profile faces of ancient Italian scholars and poets, including Michelangelo, Dante, Aristo, G...
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19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Alabaster, Marble

Antique Victorian Marble Roman Ruins Grand Tour Statue Sculpture Columns Pillars
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this extremely collectable original Victorian Marble Grand Tour Roman Ruin statue of columns A wonderful original piece, this is a desk sized co...
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19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Marble

Pair of Antique French Garden Cast Iron Half Round Urn Form Fluted Wall Planters
Located in St. Louis, MO
Pair of unusual early 20th century antique French cast iron half round demilune wall mounted urn form wall planters. Having traces of blue paint, e...
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1920s French Vintage Grand Tour Furniture

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Metal

Twenty Six Framed Engravings Of " Views of Ancient Buildings in Rome"
Located in Essex, MA
By Matthew Dubourg [British, active 1808-1838]. Complete set of 26 views of the remains of ancient buildings in Rome and its vicinity. Beautifully matted with giltwood frames. Ready ...
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1820s English Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Giltwood, Paper

Fine pair of mid century carved stone lion statues
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Fine pair of mid century carved stone lions circa 1970. Made from re-constituted stone and have been outside our shop ever since. Lions with slight differing stances, fixed to pede...
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Late 20th Century Italian Grand Tour Furniture

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Stone

Antique French Grand Tour Bronze Statue Hippocampus Seahorse Desk Ornament 1820
Located in Portland, OR
A fine antique French Grand Tour cast bronze hippocampus, seahorse statue desk ornament, circa 1820. This wonderful bronze is cast by the lost wax method (cire perdue), it depicts a ...
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1820s French Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Bronze

19th Century Marble Bust of Antinous
Located in Dublin 8, IE
19th Century Marble Bust of Antinous after the original known as the 'Antinous Vaticano' discovered at Hadrian's Villa. Featuring realistic detail to hair and handsome facial features...
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19th Century European Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Marble

19th Century Italian Grand Tour Bronze of Atlas On A Stand With Turtle
Located in Stamford, CT
Italian Grand Tour bronze in the Renaissance style of Atlas on an elaborate tripod base ending in hoof feet. The Greek god Atlas is is depicted naked on top holding the world upon hi...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Bronze

Italian Grand Tour Era Bronze "The Dying Gaul" Sculpture
Located in Atlanta, GA
Italian, After the Antiquity. A Grand Tour Era bronze sculpture of "The Dying Gaul" - heavily patinated. Also known as "The Dying Gallia", "The Dying Galatian" or "The Dying Gladi...
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19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Bronze

Anglo Indian Grand Tour Miniature Taj Mahal Painting In Carved Rosewood Frame
Located in Atlanta, GA
Embark on a journey through time with this extraordinary antique Anglo-Indian Grand Tour Era Miniature Taj Mahal Painting, nestled within a beautifu...
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19th Century Indian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Enamel

Antique French Grand Tour Gilt Bronze Architectural Model Arc de Triomphe 1825
Located in Portland, OR
A fine early 19th century grand tour gilt bronze architectural model of the Arc de Triomphe, French, circa 1825. This very fine grand tour model of one of France's most celebrated monuments, having pediment with concealed hinged lid opening to a storage reservoir. The bronze having silver relief figural group plaques, the model is mounted on a black marble oval base, the model made by Leblanc Freres...
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1820s French Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Marble, Bronze

19th Century Red Italian Jasper Marble Tazza Centerpiece Grand Tour Souvenir
Located in Antwerpen, BE
Embark on a journey through time with our exquisite 19th Century Red Italian Jasper Marble Tazza, a captivating centerpiece that serves as a cherished souvenir of the Grand Tour era....
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19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Marble

19th Century Grand Tour Bronze Figure of a Young Man as Dionysos or Narcissus
Located in Atlanta, GA
Italian, late 19th century. A 'Grand Tour' patinated bronze figure of a young man, representing Dionysos (Bacchus), previously thought to be Narcissus. Good quality with heavy pat...
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19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Bronze

19th century Grand Tour period Alabaster and Marble bust of Athena
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A wonderful and small scale Italian 19th century Grand Tour period Alabaster and Verde Ranocchia Marble bust of Athena Of Velletri. This most charming bust is raised on square Ranocc...
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19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Alabaster, Marble

pair of Italian 19th century Ormolu, Mahogany, and bronze statues/columns
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A handsome and finely detailed true pair of Italian 19th century Grand Tour period Ormolu, Mahogany, and patinated Bronze columns and statues. Each column is raised by a square Mahog...
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19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Bronze, Ormolu

Italian Grand Tour Marble and Gilt Bronze Garniture Tazzas, a Pair
Located in Miami, FL
Italian Grand Tour Marble and Gilt Bronze Garniture Tazzas, a Pair Offered for sale is a pair of Grand Tour tazzas made of variegated marble and bronze accents. The tazzas are creat...
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Early 20th Century Italian Grand Tour Furniture

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Marble, Bronze

Italian Grand Tour Carved Marble Bust Of Woman
Located in Bradenton, FL
Classical 19th century hand-carved Italian Neoclassic Grand Tour marble female bust. Bust features intricately carved young woman's head and neck, wearing delicate drapery across déc...
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19th Century Italian Antique Grand Tour Furniture

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Marble

Grand Tour Italian Specimen Marble Pair of Lovely Obelisks
Located in Miami, FL
Grand Tour Italian Specimen Marble Pair of Lovely Obelisks Offered for sale is a wonderful pair of Italian grand tour period obelisks created from stacked marble pieces. The obelisk...
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Early 20th Century Italian Grand Tour Furniture

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Marble

Grand Tour furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Grand Tour furniture for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage furniture created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include decorative objects, more furniture and collectibles, wall decorations and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, stone and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Grand Tour furniture made in a specific country, there are Europe, Italy, and France pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original furniture, popular names associated with this style include Bertrando Di Renzo, Giustiniani, F. Barbedienne Foundry, and Ferdinand Barbedienne. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for furniture differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $45 and tops out at $365,566 while the average work can sell for $2,501.

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