Rare Group of Three 19th Century Grand Tour Rosso Antico, Red Marble Obelisks
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 17th 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.