THE BERKELEY COLLECTION OF GEOLOGICAL SPECIMENS AND 'GRAND TOUR' SOUVENIRS, ASSEMBLED IN THE 19TH CENTURY
a large collection some polished or part polished and some from ancient sites including fragments of tesserae one labelled Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, a section of porphyry labelled Baths of Caracalla, many fragments with typed and manuscript labels including samples of mosaic and Grand Tour souvenirs in the form of impressed lava one with LAVA DEL VESUVIO DEL 1 APRILE 1820 / CAVAT DAL LUCA DELLA TORRE, a fragment of fresco, a polished fossilised tree section, three flint Neolithic tools, a stone labelled Lapis Renalis (Kidney Stone) Taken at Weymouth / After the Tempest / Nov 23 1824 and many other agates, jaspers etc. contained within a Victorian brass-mounted crossbanded mahogany campaign stationary box
campaign box: 25cm. high, 54.5cm. wide, 46.5cm. deep; 10in., 1ft. 9½in., 1ft. 6¼in.
A fascinating group. Condition as to be expected (from long term store). Some labels detached, some soiled and hard to read. Historic and more recent chips to some specimens. Mahogany box with old marks and scratches.
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Robert Berkeley (1764-1845); Robert Berkeley (1794-1874) and Robert Martin Berkeley (1823-1897)
Inventory, 1893, in the Museum Room (listed with lots 216 and 217)
For a similar collection of Grand Tour souvenirs see Christie's, South Kensington, 7 February, 2001, lot 338.