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Grand Tour Model of Ghiberti’s Bapistry Doors

Roll over for video transcript The history of grand tour souvenirs dates back to the late 18th century, when enterprising Italian artisans began making souvenir models of monuments, ancient architecture, and Renaissance artworks. The target market for these miniature marvels was the throng of British aristocrats and wealthy industrialists who made the European grand tour a privileged rite of passage. A display of these exquisite souvenirs soon became a popular decoration in the English manor house. This grand tour model is a recreation of one of the most important and beloved sites in Florence: the pictorial bronze doors of the ancient basilica known as the Baptistry. The ornate doors depicted in this model were added to the Baptistry during the early Renaissance period, designed by sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti. Made of gilt bronze set in ebony, this piece is a great prize for collectors of these wonderful souvenir pieces. Estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

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Grand Tour Model of Ghiberti's Baptistry Doors, Gilt Bronze in Ebony Surround
{Dimensions 29 x 22 x 6 1/4 inches}
Estimate: $3,000/5,000


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