An extremely rare and exquisite, Grand Tour-inspired architectural model of a classical column, representing the Corinthian order of architecture.
England, third quarter of 18th century.
Why we like it
Exquisitely carved from the best mahogany and having accents picked out in gold, this extremely rare survival from the golden age of Classical architecture in Britain was perhaps intended for an architect’s office, or for a study of a gentleman architect, such as Lord Burlington (1694–1753), who was famously known as the “Apollo of the Arts” and the “Architect Earl”. Such exquisite and decorative objects were copied from ancient Greek and Roman originals, that aspiring architects could see and draw during their ‘Grand Tour’ in Italy, Greece, Ottoman Empire and etc.