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Antique Pendant With Plastic Micromosaic In Gold, Rome Around 1870


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Antique Pendant With Plastic Micromosaic In Gold, Rome Around 1870
Antique Pendant With Plastic Micromosaic In Gold, Rome Around 1870
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The art of micromosaic is a Roman art. Since ancient times, large mosaics decorate the basilicas, churches and chapels here. Then, in the 18th century, some craftsmen specialized in a version of the large mosaics 'en miniature', and in the 19th century this art of the small became one of the most popular souvenirs from the Eternal City. The pendant here presents one of these Roman micromosaics in coloured glass in a particularly rare version. Roses, dahlias and numerous other flowers bloom in front of a black background, but their blossoms are so skillfully set from glass and cut stones that the small individual parts create a three-dimensional image, a relief almost. This creates a realistic impression, where you almost seem to perceive the scent of flowers that never wilt. Held by a setting of high quality yellow gold in the archaeological style of the years around 1870, the pendant impresses with its size and wonderful workmanship. A souvenir of a trip through Italy, the pendant was likely acquired by a traveler in Rome who wanted to bring a lasting reminder of colorful Italian life back to the gray north as a gift.
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The origin of the art of micromosaic is in Rome. Here, more precisely in the Vatican, existed since the 16th century a workshop for mosaics made of glass blocks. Initially, to protect the altarpieces placed in St. Peter's Basilica in a permanent form against candle soot, moisture and dirt, which the many pilgrims brought to the church. Later, after this task was completed, they continued to create copies of paintings as well as landscape representations in painting size. The idea of using this ultimately ancient technique also for jewelry and for the decoration of craft objects arose at the end of the 18th century. As part of the Grand Tour, countless travelers from northern Europe arrived in the city, creating a great demand for souvenirs. Not least to serve this market, a whole new art form emerged: micromosaics are small and transportable, and were therefore particularly suitable to be taken back home in the north. Since they also usually show the beauties of Rome or motifs from antiquity, their success as travel souvenirs is hardly surprising. The "invention" of the micromosaic is associated above all with Giacomo Raffaelli and Cesare Aguatti, who perfected this technique around 1775. They established a tradition from which, until the end of the 19th century, mosaics were created with such richness of detail and artistry that had never been achieved before or since. For even today in Rome are made corresponding mosaics, albeit of much lower quality. Cf. on the technique and history of micromosaic the relevant literature: Maria Grazia Branchetti: Mosaici minuti romani, Rome 2004, with many works by Giacomo Raffaelli, as well as Roberto Grieco/Arianna Gambino: Roman Mosaic. L'arte del micromosaico fra '700 e '800, Milan 2001.
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Antique Pendant With Plastic Micromosaic In Gold, Rome Around 1870
Rare flowers
€ 1,490.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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