18 Karat Gold Micromosaic Stick Pin Depicting a Little Dog, Garrard & Co, London


In this beautiful and antique (1850 circa) 18 Kt gold pin is set a micromosaic depicting a small dog, of exquisite workmanship. In the brooch case, the name "Garrard & Co" appears, the famous goldsmith supplier of the English royal house, and an inscription refers to a royal event.
Garrard & Co., formerly Asprey & Garrard Limited, designs and manufactures luxury jewelry and silver. George Wickes founded Garrard in London in 1735 and the brand is headquartered at Albemarle Street in Mayfair, London (the address appears in the writing) Garrard was the first official Crown Jeweller of the UK, charged with the upkeep of the British Crown Jewels, from 1843 to 2007, and was responsible for the creation of many tiaras and jewels still worn by the British royal family today. As well as jewelry.
The "Vatican Mosaic Studio" comes from the micromosaic plaque used by Garrard jewelry, started in 1727. Here the best mosaic artists that Rome boasted poured into.
For most Grand Tour travelers, Rome was the last stop of the trip. Its squares and monuments have been immortalized by numerous artists in paintings and sculptures as well as small masterpieces such as micromosaics in which, besides objects of classic inspiration, reproductions are created of sights, common life, animals, flowers. These works astounded and fascinated travelers due to the precision of design, color tones and harmony of the composition. Support for micro mosaics was initially in copper, the stone or glass were used. The latter types were better adapted to mounting in gold or silver to transform simple plaquettes into necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings rings and pendants. During the first half of the 19th century it was customary for the ladies in the Grand Tour to have a parure in gold or gilt silver made of plaquettes in micro mosaic, each of which illustrated a different location.