An extremely rare pair of exquisite, Grand Tour-inspired architectural models of classical columns, representing the Roman Doric and Corinthian orders of architecture.
England, third quarter of 18th century.
Why we like them
Exquisitely carved from the best mahogany and having accents picked out in gold, these extremely rare survivals from the golden era of Classical architecture in Britain were 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.