An all original boxed set of 4 trays of Grand Tour Italian plaster intaglios by Luigi Pichler. Pichler was born in Rome in 1773 to the most important family of gem carvers working in Rome in the 18th century. The Vatican and other museums own examples of his carved gems and cameos. Often these sets are broken up and framed for resale, it is rare to find them in their original condition. These are very Fine examples of the Craft, with minute details including writing on some of them, all wrapped in gilt edged paper and mounted on cobalt blue paper. A total of 147 intaglios. Each numbered on the side, the numbers would have corresponded to a list of the works of art and the museums where they were located. This was a wonderful keepsake from before the age of photography. During the 18th and 19th century, the opportunity to take the “Grand Tour” spread from the aristocracy to the new Industrial and professional elites. “The Grand Tour offered another very popular type of travel souvenir, the now nearly forgotten cameos (intaglios). The taste for these engraved antique gems was revived as part of the classical revival and later reproduced as miniature plaster casts. Mounted in faux book bindings, these plaster cameos provided a minutely detailed cabinet of neoclassical knowledge and art." (Princeton University). Count Hawks Le Grice wrote of these works in his 'Walks through the Studii of the Sculptors at Rome 1821', "Although the intaglios are but miniature copies, they exhibit all the fidelity and beauty of the originals, and convey to the eye a better idea of sculptured works of art than the most finished engravings. Collections in intaglio may be had of all the works existing in the different museums in Europe.".