What is- The Grand Tour?The Grand Tour was the traditional trip of Europe undertaken by mainly upper-class European young men of means, or those of more humble origin who could find a sponsor. The custom flourished from about 1660 until the advent of large-scale rail transport in the 1840s, and was associated with a standard itinerary. It served as an educational rite of passage.Source- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_TourSource- https://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/2008/04/14/the-grand-tour-in-the-18th-19th-century/Source- http://scandalouswoman.blogspot.com/2007/10/lady-hester-stanhope-queen-of-desert.htmlPittsburgh was named after her grandfather. I'll have to read more about this wild woman.Below:
Souvenirs made to sell to tourists of The Grand Tour in the later years.circa 1900, Victorian Grand Tour, Miniature Nude Man Bronze. Depicting the Greek God Pan playing two flutes, this Bronze Statue measures 6 ½” tall with a 2 ¼” diameter base. The original green verdigris patina is in very good condition and there are no problems or restorations to this miniature Grand Tour, Pan, Bronze Statue.
Source- http://www.ebay.com/itm/131753587626?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AITWondering if this little statue of Pan that I bought on eBay might be a Grand Tour souvenir?
I noticed the seller had two exactly the same so it's probably not that old...but it inspired me to learn about this subject.
Vintage Greek Mythology Bronze Statue Figurine God of the Wild & Nature, Rustic Music & Companion to Nymphs, Pan is playing an instrument, measures approx. 4 3/4" in height. Source- http://www.ebay.com/itm/331802986968?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
March 31,2016 Just found this linkhttp://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2490/lots/423