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article (or object) of virtu

Definition of article or object of virtu in English:

An article that is interesting because of its antiquity, beauty, quality of workmanship, etc.
Example sentences
  • Here he assembled a large but indifferent collection of objects of virtu, prints, and curiosities, several of which were purchased in Italy by Mann, which attracted fashionable attention.
  • These may be divided into three sometimes overlapping categories: relics, souvenirs, and objects of (sometimes easy) virtu.
  • The paintings hung in a small cabinet in which were also located a number of antiquities and objets de vertu, in a heterogeneous arrangement like that of a wonder collection.
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