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Italian Sculpture Grand Tour Carved Marble Reduction Of a Bath Rome Boschetti

Origin Italy
Period 19th Century
Materials marble hand carved
W. 7.09 in; H. 3.54 in; D. 2.76 in;
W. 18 cm; H. 9 cm; D. 7 cm;
Condition Good.
Description This interesting grand tour sculpture reduction of a roman bath carved in Fior di Pesco Marble with Ferine feet in Giallo Antico Marble standing on a square base made in Africano Marble is related to the work of Benedetto Boschetti, established in Rome circa 1820 on Via Condotti, on the basis of close comparisons with Boschetti’s signed and attributed works which share the same style and quality as the present. Key characteristics of Boschetti's work then catering to the demand of Grand Tourists include meticulously carved stones, the shape of the tazza, thin reliefs and key neoclassical decorative elements such as masks, egg and dart friezes, and gadroons.
While Benedetto Boschetti is to date not well documented, he is listed in 1856, by Bonfigli in the Artistical Directory or Guide to the Studios of The Italian and Foreign Painters and Sculptors, Rome, 1856, which stated, 'The Establishment is particularly conspicuous for its great variety of marble works, bronzes, candelabras, table tops, ets. besides a rich collection of the best mosaics and shell engravings' and Boschetti had 'attained the Prize Medal at the Exhibition in London'. Boschetti is also mentioned in the 1858, 1867 and 1869 editions of Murray's Handbook, p.XXVI, sec. 36.
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).
In essence, the Grand Tour was neither a scholarly pilgrimage nor a religious one,[1] though a pleasurable stay in Venice and a residence in Rome were essential. Catholic Grand Tourists followed the same routes as Protestant Whigs. Since the 17th century, a tour to such places was also considered essential for budding artists to understand proper painting and sculpture techniques, though the trappings of the Grand Tour—valets and coachmen, perhaps a cook, certainly a "bear-leader" or scholarly guide—were beyond their reach
Styles / Movements Neoclassical, Traditional
Patterns Handmade, Tone on Tone, Traditional
Book References 1858, 1867 and 1869 editions of Murray's Handbook, p.XXVI, sec. 36.
Incollect Reference Number 475078
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