I love Italy! How could anyone not. And what is the best souvenir of Italy, hands down? (Okay, not the 5 pounds you gained from the fabulous food). The Micromosaics - whether fine jewelry, the architectural plaques and boxes, or beautiful old picture frames like this one, it's the micromosaics that most speak of Italy, isn't it. And if you go there and buy the ones in Rome or Florence, you're paying 2-3 times what we're charging. I know, I was just there (again) and I always look at the antiques and check prices. And you would be shocked at how often I find our own inventory, having sold them to the dealers in Italy. So lesson is: buy from us, enjoy the extra money while on your trip. Seriously, here is the perfect souvenir of your own Grand Tour of Italy - a late 19th century Grand Tour souvenir of Italy. The c. 1870-90s mosaic frame worked in color-bursting roundelles with a rather Gothic manner houses a painted porcelain plaque with a thorn-crowned Jesus. The mosaic dove represents him and the top is a stylized cross. It speaks of Rome and of all the fabulous old churches and Cathedrals. If you're going, if you've been, you may want this souvenir, or perhaps you love it for the religious significance and inherent beauty, alone. Nice and large size, it's perfect to cluster with other frames, whether micromosaic or not.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, the large 5.5" tall frame hasn't a single colored glass tesserae missing. I see very little to report by way of flaws on this one. Even the metal backing is there and 2 of the original 4 anchor tabs hold it in place. The easel wire appears to be a replacement, but I am not certain of it. It is very much like the old original would have been. Those issues are only on backside, though, and the front of the frame is just pristine and stunning. The plaque is, as noted, hand painted porcelain in convex plaque, and not a bit of damage there. Not a single colored glass tesserae missing, though we have 2 tiny ones that have been chipped on that round with the dove, and appear to be missing. There is part of each pushed deep. Very nice old frame and in remarkably good condition, too.
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