Demi Lune Wall Sconces from 19th C Italian Gravures

Beautiful hand made lamp shades illustrating late 19th century Italian gravures.

These gravures served as a travel guide for noblemen to decide on where to go during their Grand Tour.

In the early years of the 18th and 19th centuries it was fashionable, for wealthy British families, to send their heir on a tour of Europe.                                         

A trip that was designed to introduce the young ‘milord‘ to the art, history and culture of Italy.
The British educational system was based on Latin and Greek literature and philosophy.      

A ‘Grand Tour’ generally included visits to Rome, Naples, Venice and Florence.       

W35 – H30