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Antique Italian Grand Tour Unmounted Micro Mosaic Plaque, The Forum 22.5mm square
Antique Italian Grand Tour Unmounted Micro Mosaic Plaque, The Forum 22.5mm square
Antique Italian Grand Tour Unmounted Micro Mosaic Plaque, The Forum 22.5mm square
Antique Italian Grand Tour Unmounted Micro Mosaic Plaque, The Forum 22.5mm square
Antique Italian Grand Tour Unmounted Micro Mosaic Plaque, The Forum 22.5mm square
Antique Italian Grand Tour Unmounted Micro Mosaic Plaque, The Forum 22.5mm square

Antique Italian Grand Tour Unmounted Micro Mosaic Plaque, The Forum 22.5mm square

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Years ago, I bought out a lot of unmounted Italian cameos, lava cameos, micro mosaics and gems from the estate of an old goldsmith (family business for a couple centuries) in Paris. This one, never mounted, was among those.  I'm working through that collection now. Each sold separately. Years ago we did a lot more with micro mosaics than we do now. We sold a whole lot over the decades to the dealers in Rome and Florence, then would see them in their shop windows at triple value when in those cities. This is a beautiful and large one at 25.5mm in diameter. 

While this one has tiny sand-sized tesserae and is pristine, it is a collector's piece, or for someone who wishes to have a goldsmith make a suitable gold mount for it. I've seen these worked up into a stunning necklace with a variety of Grand Tour (c.1800-1850s) micro mosaics - truly to die for. Measurements noted on the photos: 25.5mm diameter and 4mm thick. This one has no nips to the outer rim, no losses to tesserae, nearly pristine at 170 years old or more.