Italian Micromosaic Plaque, Flirtatious Scene
Italian Micromosaic Plaque, Flirtatious Scene Italian Micromosaic Plaque, Flirtatious Scene
Italian Micromosaic Plaque, Flirtatious Scene

Italian Micromosaic Plaque, Flirtatious Scene

  • This humorous scene involving a friar and a flirtatious trio is actually an Italian micromosaic
  • The objet d'art was likely acquired during a Grand Tour through Europe
  • These remarkable works of art were a favorite of wealthy patrons that could afford them
  • Authentic 19th-century micromosaics of this quality and condition are exceptionally rare
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Item No. 30-9259
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A friar stares disapprovingly at the gentlemen overtly flirting with a lady in this rare, humorous and marvelously constructed Italian micromosaic plaque. These stunning objets d'art were created by gifted artisans and, as is likely with the present example, created as mementos for wealthy patrons taking their Grand Tour of Europe – the once-requisite rite of passage for young gentlemen of the upper class. This work is composed of thousands of tiny glass tiles, or tesserae, painstakingly placed upon a black marble backing to exacting measures to create this incredible work of art.

Micromosaics have roots among the ancient Romans who decorated their homes with mosaics. Many highly detailed examples utilized exceptionally tiny tesserae, effectively creating 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. Wealthy aristocrats making their Grand Tour through Italy were very fond of micromosaic works. These techniques were expensive, requiring not only precious materials but highly skilled craftsmen. Authentic 19th-century micromosaics such as this are very rare and were available only to the wealthiest European tourists.

Circa 1885

13" wide x 10 7/8" high
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Period: 19th Century
Origin:Italy
Depth:1.0 Inches
Width:13.0 Inches
Height:10.875 Inches
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