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Museum Quality Flower Motif Micro Mosaic

SOLD Item 10824

We are very proud to present this museum quality micro mosaic in floral bouquet motif. Superb quality of the finest artistic craftsmanship, we have a floral bouquet set into black micro mosaic. The panel is then set into goldstone and placed into a 15k yellow gold frame.

The entire brooch measures 1-9/16 inches wide by 1-3/4 inches long (3.9 cm by 4.5 cm). It is 3/16 of an inch deep (0.4 cm). Condition is excellent with a tiny pinprick within the large pink flower (in either one minute tesserae or a bit of grout). The same for one leaf. The brooch is in good condition with later 9k gold pin fitting and base. On the upper portion on the back of the goldstone there is a darkened area that does not show on the front. Very Rare. Circa 1820 - 1830. Italian in origin.

Points of interest: Strolling through the Gilbert Collection in London a few days ago, it was a marvel to see the micro mosaics. The museum displayed tiny magnifiers in front of many of the mosaics to be able to see the tesserae or tiles. We were in awe of the work, yet a bit saddened that the same quality is rarely seen in today’s marketplace. The following day, much to our delight, this outstanding micro mosaic was presented to us for sale.

Unlike many other forms of jewelry, a quality micro mosaic is easy to identify—the smaller the size of the tiles, the better the piece. When viewing the work if you cannot see the tiles and need some form of magnification to discern whether it is an enamel, painting or micro mosaic, it is then that you have one of the highest caliber. What is presented here is one such work. Due to the marvel of modern-day macro photography tiles do show in some of our photos. When seen in person the plaque appears almost as one unbroken surface. Moreover, not only are the tiles so minute, there is also a distinct artistry in presenting the images.

Note the subtle, lifelike shading of each flower and leaf. For instance, in the large pink flower each petal displays a number of shades of rose tones that suggest space, depth, perspective and shading. See the "must have" book, "The Gilbert Collection Micromosaics" by Jeanette Hanisee Gabriel, for similar examples. Particular pages 159, 193 and 226.