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In admiring the artistic handiwork of Grand Tour souvenir boxes, it is almost possible to imagine a genteel figure removing her most precious jewelry from the keepsake as she adorns her finery in preparation for an elegant repast.

Keepsakes of the Heart

Often secreted in the recesses of fine antiques shops or street-side vendor stalls, Grand Tour boxes provide a…

Peonies are aristocratic plants. In China, where they have been an important artistic symbol for centuries, they are called sho yo, or “most beautiful,” connoting riches and honor.

Pearls and Peonies

Peonies are aristocratic plants. In China, where they have been an important artistic symbol for centuries, they are…