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Grand Tour Porphyry on Ebony Wood Pair of Obelisks Italian

Origin Italy
Period 1950-1979
Materials Marble porphyry on ebony wood
W. 3.54 in; H. 18.9 in; D. 3.54 in;
W. 9 cm; H. 48 cm; D. 9 cm;
Condition Good.
Description A very interesting and iconic pair of obelisks made in ebony wood and covered by a very thin slices of rare Imperial Porphyry knew also as the marble of emperors because was used only for artworks objects and decoration works made for the emperors only. 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 Grand Tour offered a liberal education, and the opportunity to acquire things otherwise unavailable, lending an air of accomplishment and prestige to the traveller. Grand Tourists would return with crates full of books, works of art, scientific instruments, and cultural artefacts – from snuff boxes and paperweights, to altars, fountains, and statuary – to be displayed in libraries, cabinets, gardens, drawing rooms, and galleries built for that purpose. The trappings of the Grand Tour, especially portraits of the traveller painted in continental settings, became the obligatory emblems of worldliness, gravitas and influence. Artists who particularly thrived on the Grand Tour market included Carlo Maratti, who was first patronised by John Evelyn as early as 1645,[5] Pompeo Batoni the portraitist, and the vedutisti such as Canaletto, Pannini and Guardi. The less well-off could return with an album of Piranesi etchings.
The Romans commissioned obelisks in an ancient Egyptian style, because Obelisks were prominent in the architecture of the ancient Egyptians, and played a vital role in their religion placing them in pairs at the entrance of the temples. The word "obelisk" as used in English today is of Greek rather than Egyptian origin because Herodotus, the Greek traveller, was one of the first classical writers to describe the objects. A number of ancient Egyptian obelisks are known to have survived, plus the "Unfinished Obelisk" found partly hewn from its quarry at Aswan.
Styles / Movements Neoclassical, Traditional
Patterns Handmade, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 460930
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