Early 19th Century Italian Micromosaic Plaque #2
Early 19th Century Italian Micromosaic Plaque #2 Early 19th Century Italian Micromosaic Plaque #2 Early 19th Century Italian Micromosaic Plaque #2 Early 19th Century Italian Micromosaic Plaque #2
Early 19th Century Italian Micromosaic Plaque #2

Early 19th Century Italian Micromosaic Plaque #2

  • The ruins of the Temple of Vesta are depicted in this fine micromosaic plaque
  • The detailing of this micromosaic is truly exceptional
  • These resplendent objets d'art were often acquired in Italy during one's Grand Tour
  • Quality, early 19th-century examples such as this are quite scarce
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Item No. 30-9197
$19,850
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The majestic Roman ruins of the Temple of Vesta are the subject of this exquisite 19th-century Italian micromosaic plaque. Though at first glance it may appear to be a painting, this mosaic is comprised of hundreds of thousands of tiny glass and ceramic tiles known as tesserae, each piece perfectly matched for color, size and placement. Every minuscule tile is painstakingly placed to exacting measures to create this magnificent scene. An elegant gilt frame perfectly complements this piece.

Glorious micromosaics have roots among the ancient Romans who decorated their homes with mosaics, with some highly detailed examples utilizing exceptionally tiny tesserae – the art form that eventually became known as micromosaic. The art of the micromosaic re-emerged during the 19th century, most notably in the workshops of The Vatican, finding favor among the surge of affluent tourists making their requisite Grand Tour across Europe. Avid collectors of these incredible works included Napoleon and Josephine, Russian czars and ancestors of the legendary de Medici family.

Circa 1820

4" wide x 4 3/8" high
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Period: 19th Century
Origin:Italy
Type:Other
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