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Micromosaic and Pietre Dure Grand Tour Casket
- This incredible Grand Tour casket is adorned with intricate micromosaic plaques and pietre dure
- Five plaques on the lid depict iconic Roman ruins in great detail
- Pietre dure in relief is executed with vibrant and masterfully carved hardstones
- Beautifully chiseled doré bronze mounts frame this splendid objet d'art
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Wealthy aristocrats making their Grand Tour through Italy were very fond of pietre dure and micromosaic works. These techniques were expensive, requiring not only precious materials but highly skilled craftsmen. Authentic hardstone pietre dure and micromosaic works such as this are very rare and were available only to the wealthiest European tourists and to wealthy Italian royals. The techniques were rarely applied to a single work simultaneously, as demonstrated by this casket, making it an incredible specimen of Italian decorative art.
8 7/8" wide x 7 5/16" deep x 5 3/4" high