Seen From the Gondola

Vintage Necklace With Antique Micromosaic of St. Mark's Square, Circa 1860 & Later

This veduta of the Piazzetta in Venice could be a detail from a painting by the famous Canaletto. As if seen from a gondola, or perhaps from the forecourt of San Giorgio Maggiore, we see part of the tranquil lagoon and the two great columns that mark the entrance to Piazza San Marco as the heart of Venice. On the left we see the Biblioteca Marciana with its magnificent manuscripts and on the right the Doge's Palace with its exciting history. We recognize the landing stage of the Molo with the gondolas and between the buildings we even catch a glimpse of St. Mark's Basilica and the Campanile. Surely a souvenir of a Grand Tour, here the actually Roman technique of the micromosaic is used to create a view of the lagoon city. The mosaicist has succeeded wonderfully in capturing the atmosphere and the special lighting conditions of Venice. The glass artwork, created in the years around 1860, was originally worn as a brooch. In the last decade of the 20th century, it became the starting point for a new creation; held by a cord setting of high-carat gold, the transverse oval mosaic became the pendant of a magnificent necklace that can be worn around the neck with a knitted gold chain. The result is a piece of jewellery that draws its beauty from the interplay of different eras - much like the city of Venice itself. The necklace is a wonderful piece of jewellery for all friends of the lagoon city - and who wouldn't want to take this city to their heart?

Around 1775, Giacomo Raffaelli and Cesare Aguatti in Rome invented a new technique of working glass into tiny mosaics, which became known as "mosaici filati" (spun mosaics). Using this technique, it was now possible to decorate jewellery and small everyday objects snuffboxes, boxes, paperweights with mosaics that had previously adorned the walls and floors of Italian churches. The most famous mosaic factories of the 18th and 19th centuries were located in Rome, especially in the Vatican, and their most beautiful and sought-after works show views of the city of Rome and its famous buildings, which were bought by travellers who visited the "Eternal City" and wanted to take a souvenir.

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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.