Silver plated goods for the table and articles of vertu are to be found everywhere.
The vertu and use of coffee with regard to the plague and other infectious distempers.
I bought lands at ten times their value; purchased pictures and articles of vertu at ruinous prices.
Curios, a corruption of curiosities; any articles of vertu brought from abroad.
There were some articles of vertu, a very small statue of Washington among them, lying on the bureau and not yet arranged.
Inc. “Here may men se the vertu of herbes which ben hot and which ben colde.”
To ferret out objects of vertu the Jacobean gentleman would take any journey.
He liked the society of politicians and literary men, and he was also a collector of pictures and articles of vertu.
If there is no room on the lorries for any article of vertu, it goes on the tank.
It was crowded with what are termed articles of vertu, being curious carvings in ivory and porcelain, of great value.
"excellence in an object of art, passion for works of art," 1722, from Italian virtu "excellence," from Latin virtutem (nominative virtus) "virtue" (see virtue). The same word as virtue, borrowed during a period when everything Italian was in vogue. Sometimes spelled vertu, after French, but this is unjustified, as this sense of the word is not in French.