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Wonderful antique brooch with micromosaic in aventurine glass, Venice around 1880

This brooch from around 1880 shows a sculptural mosaic of flowers in a frame of glittering golden glass. The mosaic, which has always been a typical Venetian craft technique, is combined here with a famous export hit of the lagoon city's glassblowing industry. This sparkling glass that frames the mosaic, called aventurine glass, is made by adding copper filings to the glass mass. When the glass cools, the copper dust appears like sparkling inclusions. This technique was developed in the 17th century by the Miotto family in Venice and remained a well-kept secret of Murano's glassmakers for a long time. Completed with a setting of gold, the round mosaic can be worn as a brooch. Created in the late 19th century, probably as a souvenir of a trip to Italy, the piece of jewelry heralded a stay in Venice and a visit to the city's famous works of art. Flowers that do not wilt, a feast for the eyes!

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