Pliny's Doves Micromosaic 'circa 1850' Set in a 24 Karat Gilded Bronze Box
The "Vatican Mosaic Studio", in which this micromosaic was probably created, (the micromosaicists who worked in Rome generally came from the "Vatican Mosaic Studio" ) up 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.
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