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Pair of Antique Italian "Grand Tour" Marble Tazzas Featuring Serpents circa 1860

A pair antique Italian "Grand Tour" marble tazzas circa 1860 having a shallow bowl with intertwined serpents on each side resting on a plinth base. These large examples of ancient Classical works were extremely popular as reminders of the sights seen when aristocrats embarked upon a journey (often lasting several years) to Italy and Greece venturing sometimes even on to Turkey. The point of the travel was to view in person the wonders that still existed from ancient times. These carved marble tazzas are each set upon a circular socle and then set upon square plinth with a stepped base. The variegation in the veining of the marble is quite striking and the shallow bowls may be used to place potpourri for its fresh scent or even a candle inside.

# BD360

DIMENSIONS

8.75" w x 9.75" d x 11.75" h

22.23cm w x 24.77cm d x 29.85cm h

$10,718.00

A pair antique Italian marble tazzas circa 1860 having a shallow bowl with intertwined serpents on each side resting on a plinth base. These large examples of ancient Classical works were extremely popular as reminders of the sights seen when aristocrats embarked upon a journey (often lasting several years) to Italy and Greece venturing sometimes even on to Turkey. The point of the travel was to view in person the wonders that still existed from ancient times. These carved marble tazzas are each set upon a circular socle and then set upon square plinth with a stepped base. The variegation in the veining of the marble is quite striking and the shallow bowls may be used to place potpourri for its fresh scent or even a candle inside.