John & Rico's

THE GRAND TOUR

Antiques

A COLLECTION OF OBJECTS PURCHASED BY TRAVELERS ABROAD

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{If you wish to read an interesting book that relates to The Grand Tour, read "Tourism in History: From Imperial Rome to the Present" by Maxine Feifer. Stein and Day Publishers / New York; 1985 / ISBN: 0-8128-3087-3 We have found this book informative and an enjoyable read.}

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# 4626. A bronze statue of a Classical Male. Artist: Louis Rochet. 19th century. Size: 17.5" tall. Base footprint: 5.25" x 7.25". Condition: the horns are bent and the surface has been patinated a long time ago with what appears to be gold paint. Inscribed: "To Professor Harry Burnes Hutchins Retiring Associate Dean as a token of love and respect from the members of the Cornell University School of Law 1894-95." Information about this fine French Sculptor is as follows: b Paris, 24 Aug 1813; d Paris, 21 Jan 1878). French sculptor and anthropologist. Rochet studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Pierre-Jean David d’Angers, but withdrew from the Prix de Rome competition to pursue Oriental languages (especially Chinese) and natural history, at the same time providing models for commercial sculpture. He returned to monumental sculpture in 1838 and followed the example of David d’Angers in sculpting commemorative statues for the provinces, such as Marshal Drouet d’Erlon (bronze, 1844–9; Reims, Place de la Couture). Rochet distinguished himself in the costumed pageantry of figures from earlier French history, such as the equestrian William the Conqueror (bronze, 1846–51; Falaise, Hôtel de Ville), the Marquise de Sevigné (bronze, 1857; Grignan) or Charlemagne Accompanied by Roland and Olivier (bronze, 1853–67; erected 1878, Paris, Place du Parvis Notre Dame). The most popular of these historical re-creations was Napoleon Bonaparte as a Student at Brienne (plaster, exh. Salon, 1853; marble, exh. Exposition Universelle, 1855; bronze, 1855, erected 1859; Brienne, Hôtel de Ville). The bronze monument to Don Pedro I of Brazil (1855–62; Rio de Janeiro) involved Rochet in anthropological and zoological research, as its granite base was enriched by sculptures of groups of natives and local fauna, symbolizing South American rivers. A historicizing approach to style, first used by Rochet in his colossal bronze Notre Dame de Myans, erected near Chambéry in 1855, re-emerged in a later series of Classical subjects, initiated by the ‘Archaic’ Minerva (plaster, gilded bronze and silver plated, exh. Salon 1864). Signature inscribed on the plateau base. Price: $3,500.00.


# 5040. A pair of Grand Tour Scottish Candlesticks. Brass with inset agate studs. Size: 9" tall. The finish has been polished over the years. Age: 1870-80. Price: $750.00 the pair.


An antique Grand Tour wood frame with period photo of young man. The frame size is: 3.5" x 4.25". Fruit wood (?) with delicately inlaid woods to create a design of dragons and winged cat faces. Beautifully inlaid designs. The photo was cut to fit into the frame and we believe that it is original to the frame and was purchased on some young man's Grand Tour of Europe. The frame came from a Newport Rhode Island estate. Dated between 1885 and 1895. The information on the back of the photo states: Bad Schwabach E. Habicht photographer. Condition: excellent. Price: $250.00.


Item: ERHARD 1. An Antique Art Nouveau / Secession / Erhard and Son metal inlaid picture frame. Size: 8.25" x 10.25". Erhard specialized in Intarsia: inlaid metal in wood. This is a grand tour item brought back to America by two traveling relatives (either distant cousins or sisters) as a gift for Richard Borden. In pen is written the following on the wood back of the frame: " This frame given to Richard Borden by Anna and Carrie Borden which they bought on their trip to the Austrian Tyrol - 1910 - The wires are hammered in by hand" I believe that both Anna and Carrie traveled with Lizzie Borden on a grand tour trip to Europe in, I belive, 1890. The Richard Borden mentioned on the frame is I believe the grandson of Col. Richard Borden of the Fall River Line of Steam ships. We purchased this frame about 1980 from a grand-daughter (of Richard) whose Gothic Family home was on Rock Street in Fall River, MA. Condition: the back stand is missing and replaced with an inferior (though old) replacement; there is a chip to the top left of the outer wood frame. The metal and Ivory inlay is in perfect condition, being under glass, there is not fading or discoloration to the wood. Has collectible interest as a work from the famed Erhard factory and as a albet distant Lizzie Borden family collectible. Price: $450.00.


# 5227: A pair (2) of Antique 19th century Italian Grand Tour Candelabras. Bronze. Probably made in Rome or Naples. Each is app. 12" tall; base is 4.5" across. Sitting on three paw feet supporting a platter with 4 Roman recessed 'coin' medallions inturn supporting a two arm candle holder topped with a male nude figure: one Baccus and the other a cymbal player. Signed with the initials: A.D. and a star. Condition: the threaded rod holding the candelabra together has probably been replaced; there may or may not have been candle cup inserts (candles fit and are supported very well in the candle holders).There are tiny white paint spatters on the candelabras that should be easy to remove; the medallion pans: one seems to be lighter that then other suggesting that it was cleaned at one time. These candelabras are beautifully detailed with Neo-Grec decorations. Of the scores of Italian Grand Tour objects over the years, this is the first pair of candelabras in this style and decoration that we have come across. Price: $3,500.00 the pair.


# 4472. A dated 1830 Antique Portrait Bust. Signed on the bust in large script: "R. Trentanove Fece Roma 1830". Size: 26 1/2" tall and 16" wide. Material: Carrara Marble. Condition: minor edge flakes to the toga; multiple tiny paint splatters to the surface; the sockel was neatly broken into and reglued. Please see detailed images below. This handsome classical portrait bust in typical of the era (1830's). Probably commissioned as a portrait bust by the sitter. In storage in a Newport warehouse since about 1925. Raimondo Trentanove, Italian 1792-1832; Initially a pupil of De Maria and Bartolini, Trentanove worked in Rome in close partnership with Canova. There he was involved in the execution of numerous works in his master's style, including direct copies after Canova, antique sculpture and portrait busts. Amongst the latter there exists a fine marble of Canova himself, now in the Galleria d'arte Moderna, Milan. Another version of the present impressive memorial bust of Napoleon may be found in the Museo del Risorgimento, Faenza. This portrait bust was completed two years before Trentanove's death in 1832. In the exhibition catalogue: " Art and the Empire New York 1825, 1861 " Edited by Catherine Hoover Voorsanger and John K. Howat ( ISBN 0-87099-957-5 ) on page 137 is mentioned: "Also in 1824 the (American) Academy elected as honorary member the Italian Raimondo Trentanove, a favored pupil of Canova . . . an act calculated to emphasize the institution's connections to Europe and to counter criticism of American cultural provincialism."This link takes you to view a bust of "Buste de Laetitia Bonaparte" by Trentanove. This bust weighs 103 lbs. Price $30,000.00.

( A Trentanove bust of Napoleon sold recently at a Sothebys Auction for just over $53,000.00.

Information from a Sothebys Auction of a portrait bust by Trentanove of George Washington taking place in 2005: LOT 12 PROPERTY FROM THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS RAIMONDO TRENTANOVE (1792-1832) GEORGE WASHINGTON 8,000—12,000 USD Lot Sold. Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: $36,000 USD ; measurements height: 22.5 in. alternate measurements (57.2 cm) DESCRIPTION inscribed R. Trentanove. Fece. in Roma. 1824 white marble Executed in 1824. PROVENANCE Commissioned by James Lenox in Rome, 1824


Item number 4645. An Oil on canvas painting. Size: app. 9.25" X 12". Condition: cut into an oval form from a larger work of art; glued onto a piece of card board; tear in the lower left corner. Age: the style of the work + the appearance of the canvas material shown in the tear indicate an earlier work of art, possibly early 19th century and possibly 18th century. Not overtly religious in nature, but who knows what was going on in the 'lost' areas. This painting needs cleaning and in the restoration process it can be removed from the cardboard. Price: $850.00.


# 5012. A pair of monumental Antique Grand Tour Carved Marble Urns. Each is 51" tall and the base is 12" in diameter. Made between 1840-50. Italian. The dark marble bases are made of Portoro Marble. This marble has been mined in La Spezia Italy since the 16th century. It is a hard calcareous rock with black and yellow streaks. The base is solid. The urns were made in several sections and cemented together with plaster. The opening at the top is 6" diameter on the inside of the foliate carving. We suspect that these pedestals were used as lamp holders. They could have easily have held either a candelabra or carcel or moderator lamps. Condition: there is evidence that there were foliate 'ears' on either side of each upper urn section. A hole has been filled. The base to one of the urns has had restoration. These urns bolt together. We do not know the type of white with black veins stone composes the urn sections. We do not believe that it is alabaster; the urns may be Arabesqued marble which was mined in the Apuan Alps in Italy. This type of Grand Tour item was purchased and shipped back home. From a Padenarum Mass. private residence of note. Price for the pair: $7,950.00.


# 4836. A Grand Tour Antique Roman Table Lamp. Late 19th century. A copy of a period Ancient Lamp from Rome. Bronze. Size: app. 14" tall; 5" across at the feet. Three hoofed feet each with ram head decoration support and foliate lower plinth in which a reeded and twisted column supports the oil font which has two wicks. Condition: The column is slightly bent; the oil font cover has a chain that is meant to be attached to the foliate crest: the chain link has been separated from the foliate crest. Signed: "L.CHIALI". Price: $1,650.00.


# 2949. Pictured is a framed carved marble frieze. Mid 19th century. The flat marble is carved in relief depicting a vase filled with various flowers. Probably European, possibly Russian. Frame size : 24 1/2" x 29 ". Old restoration to the lower section . See darkened area bottom right. This item could date as early as the late 18th century. We suspect that it was removed from a palace and put into this frame sometime in the mid-nineteenth century. The frame dates from about 1820. The frieze is carved from one piece of marble. The detail is quite extraordinary. The break think may have taken place when it was removed from a wall before it was placed in this frame. Price. $5,500.00


# 4223. Pictured is a watercolor att. to Moritz von Schwind. The image size is 14½" x 10¼". It is on paper. This work is a study for a mural. Schwind completed interior paintings for among other places the Vienna Opera House. The subject depicts Brunhilde & Siegfried. There was an exhibition at The National Gallery in Washington in 2001 titled: "Spirit of an Age" among other artist represented is quoted the following: "The exhibition features . . . two idealized canvases by Moritz von Schwind (1804-1871). In Von Schwind's The Rose, or The Artist's Journey (1846-1847), the painter fills the landscape with knights, maidens, and castles to evoke a medieval, fairytale mood." Brought out of Budapest in the 1950's. Price: $3,500.00


Item number 4221 is a pair (2) of 17th century Gothic carved wood figures in relief of two Saints. The figures are possibly from Central Europe; they were brought out of Hungary in the 1950's. Each is 7" wide and 18" tall. Originally polychromed. Paint and gesso loss and very fragile; worm holes. Very well carved. Price: $4,950.00 the pair.


# 5193. A Bronze Antique Obelisk. Marked and made by Tiffany & Company. Copyright 1881 by Henry H. Gorringe and transcribed with information about the four crabs supports. This is a copy of "Cleopatra's Needle" which was moved to New York City. The obelisk stands behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The move and installation of the obelisk was paid for by William H. Vanderbilt. It was erected in New York January 22, 1881. This model was made in a limited edition to be given to individuals who were involved in the removal and installation of the obelisk from Egypt to New York. Size: 15.15" tall with a 3.25" square base. Condition: two base corners are slightly dented, probably caused by the obelisk being dropped; the information plate on the underside has become 'loose' and can be removed. The obelisk stands firmly on a table without wobbeling. The patina may or may not be original: we suspect that from time to time, this example was polished. .This obelisk has been sold.


Other Grand Tour Antique items in inventory:

A collection of photos of Venice taken around 1900 and sold to tourists. Each is about 9" x 12". Loose mounted on foam core with shrink wrap. Each sells for $95.00.

A small book of photos titled "Chateau de la Loire" which includes 10 carte de viste photos. c. 1870's. Price: $100.00.


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