During the age of the Grand Tour wealthy visitors to Italy and Greece were immersed in the study of classic culture and other distractions, including shopping for souvenirs. Models of temples and architectural detail were much in vogue.
One such model was the Cupola. Though found in Mughal, Chinese and other Oriental cultures in altered detail and dimensions, the Cupola became most commonly associated with iconic Roman creations. Graceful and elegant proportions, in balanced equilibrium of height, width and depth, form an image of classical architecture in its purest form.
Display on a side table, surround with antiques or replica Roman statuary, a small bronze Venus or bust of Caesar on a marble plinth set inside. A plethora of options. Or opt to set it alone, displaying its true beauty, the balance of vaulted roof lines, the graceful columns atop a classic, checkered floor and stepped base.
The Grand Tour and iconic architecture at its very best!