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Micromosaic Plaque of Courting Scene
- This humorous Italian micromosaic evokes the glory of classical antiquity
- The objet d'art was likely acquired during a Grand Tour through Europe
- The composition is reminiscent of the works of Dutch Golden Age genre painters
- Authentic 19th-century micromosaics of this quality and condition are exceptionally rare
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Micromosaics trace their origins to ancient Rome, where the artworks were renowned for their intricate beauty and complexity. These works utilized tiny glass and stone tesserae to create highly detailed images, effectively creating what we now know as the art form of micromosaic. In 19th-century Italy, the art of micromosaic resurfaced, particularly in the workshops of the Vatican. Wealthy aristocrats traveling through Italy on their Grand Tour were particularly enamored with these exquisite works. The creation of micromosaics was a costly endeavor, requiring not only precious materials but also highly skilled craftsmen. As such, authentic 19th-century micromosaics such as this piece are exceedingly rare and were only available to the wealthiest European tourists.
10 7/8" high x 13" wide x 5/8" deep