Blossoms made of glass

Beautiful micromosaic in gold setting as brooch, Rome circa 1860

In the heart of the Eternal City is the Campo de' Fiori, the "Field of Flowers:" This is where Rome's most popular market takes place every day (except Sundays, of course). The hustle and bustle also includes the many florists who transform the most Roman of all squares into a colorful sea of flowers. The sight of the Campo may also have inspired an early 19th century mosaic artist to create this gem of countless tiny glass stones. The circular mosaic shows a lush bouquet of the multicolored blossoms of roses and other flowers against a deep black background. A simple gold setting holds the fragrant bouquet and makes it wearable as a brooch. The enchanting mosaic was created in Rome in the years around 1860. A precious souvenir of a Grand Tour, it was probably acquired by a traveler who wanted to bring a lasting reminder of colorful Italian life back to the gray north.

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, besides especially 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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