Agate and Micromosaic Box

  • This agate box is distinguished by an intricately crafted micromosaic medallion
  • The micromosaic depicts St. Peter's Square in Rome
  • Agate is beloved for its rich coloration and natural striped patterns
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Item No. 31-4086

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Intricate and flawless, the highly detailed micromosaic medallion on the lid of this agate box is an incredible example of this diminutive art form. The elaborate micromosaic depicts St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City in painstaking detail, carefully placing tiny pieces of glass and tile to create the design. The box itself is composed of panels of vividly-hued agate mounted in doré bronze atop ball agate feet. 

Agate is a beautiful, precious mineral that has been utilized for centuries in the decorative arts. It received its name from the Ancient Greek philosopher and naturalist Theophrastus, who found the gemstone on the banks of the Acate River in modern-day Sicily. In ancient times, agate was greatly valued as a talisman or amulet, and it has long been beloved by royalty. 

19th century

4" wide x 2 5/8" deep x 2 3/8" high
Agate and Micromosaic Box
Period: 19th Century
Type: Decorative Boxes
Depth: 2.63 Inches
Width: 4.0 Inches
Height: 2.38 Inches

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