19C Italian Ruby Glass Box with Miniature of Basilica

19C Italian Ruby Glass Box with Miniature of Basilica.

Lovely little 19th Century Ring Jar or Pill box made of a thick wine colored ruby glass.

It has a miniature of a Basilica on top…….gilt metal mounts with beautiful filigree on the sides.

This is most likely anĀ Italian piece……..the Basilica probably is St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Peter%27s_Basilica

It is from circa 1830…… most likely a keepsake from the Grand Tour.

In the past ā€œGrand Tourā€ was the name of the journey that the European noblemen and rich bourgeois took to Italy, to discover its ancient beauty and its incomparable richness of arts and culture. It was more than a simple tour or a passing fashion, it became a fundamental moment in the cultural training of every cultivated European.

TheĀ Grand TourĀ was the traditional trip of Europe undertaken by mainly upper-class European young men of means. 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.

Link:Ā https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Tour

This would have been a keepsake from ‘The Grand Tour’ and the tourists visit to the Vatican City.

19C Italian Ruby Glass Box with Miniature of Basilica.

Provenance: Bought at a High-end Auction in Ireland.

Dimensions: 2.5″ high x 1.7″ wide

Condition: In great condition for its age.

Price Now: $1,399

19C Italian Ruby Glass Ring Jar with micro-miniature of Bassilica (2)

19C Italian Ruby Glass Ring Jar with micro-miniature of Bassilica

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