Bring Grand Tour style to your own home: buy at auction online

More than 450 lots of European sculpture, Old Master paintings and ancient art are coming to auction this month.

Bronze figure at Bardon Hall

Among the lots is this 19th century life size bronze figure of the Borghese gladiator on a portoro base. It is estimated at £20,000-30,000.

The Grand Tour, the 17th- to early 19th-century aristocratic custom of a trip to

Italy to expand your education and cultural horizons, saw thousands of objects and artefacts brough back from Europe to Britain. You can buy into this look with artefacts coming up at auction.

Leeds and London antiques dealership Tomasso is to hold a sale of stock at auction house Dreweatts on November 14-15.

The auction comprises nearly 460 lots from its collection in its Leeds home of Bardon Hall, which the sale is named after.

Bardon Hall

Bardon Hall near Leeds. The sale of items from Tomasso's collection from Bardon Hall is offered at Dreweatts via

In the catalogue, art historian Sir Timothy Clifford described Barton Hall in Westwood Lane on the outskirts of Leeds as “remarkable, a sort of castle of Otranto… stuffed with marbles, bronzes large and small, Italian drawings, paintings and even some Renaissance medals and plaquettes”.

Here is a selection of the lots coming up at Dreweatts on November 14-15.

Hercules and lion

A 17th/18th century marble of Hercules and the Nemean lion, after Stefano Maderno (c.1576-1636). It is estimated at £5000-8000.


A 18th/19th century French bronze figure of the seated Venus, after Barthelemy Prieur (1536-1611). It is estimated at £600-900.

Saint Joseph

A 17th century Spanish school oil on canvas of Saint Joseph with the christ child, estimated at £600-800.

Head of Bartolomeo

A 17th/18th century Italian white marble head of Bartolomeo Colleoni, estimated at £800-1200.

Urn stand

A c.1740 George II mahogany kettle or urn stand, estimated at £800-1200.


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