Souvenirs of the Grand Tour (Lots 350 - 381)
At home in a Jed Johnson Associates Interior, the following selection of terracotta vases, micro-mosaic tableaux and imposing marble sculpture exemplify the ideals established by the Grand Tour tradition.
Beginning in the sixteenth century, it was fashionable for young men to travel to Paris, Venice, Florence and Rome on a fixed itinerary to complete their classical education. The idea of travelling for the sake of curiosity, not purely as a religious pilgrimage or scholarly pursuit, flourished until the mid-19th. The primary value of the Grand Tour, it was believed, lay in the exposure not only to the cultural legacy of classical antiquity and the Renaissance, but also in the rite of passage made through the acquaintance of aristocratic fashionably polite European society. Once home, these initiates eclectically combined interiors of classically inspired furnishings with their 'antique' treasures from abroad. The following retro-classic collection encapsulates this cultural legacy.
THE PROPERTY OF A WESTCHESTER COLLECTION