I've been to Rome several times but I'm not certain which of the ruins is depicted here. Anyone recognize it or is it one that has been destroyed in the 200 or so years since this masterful miniature of it was made? Sad to see it with a cracked surround, I know, but it's such a stunning old one with the addition of 8 old mine cut faceted rubies, I simply could not pass it up. And in spite of the cracked celeste-blue surround, the mosaic is of finest quality, intact but for just a single red/white border tesserae out of place. All the grout is fully intact as well, seems to be well stablized and is certainly worth display as it is, or well worth restoration on one this old and fine. A fine piece, and in interesting presentation for display though I would not advise wearing this one.
Very good to excellent condition on the very old Georgian 18k gold cannetille and ruby brooch itself, apart from the obvious damage to the very very old 1790-1820 sand-sized tesserae micromosaic, which has lost no tesserae, but has damage that has been stablized many years ago and still holds firm. It's such a rare old one, it still has substantial value. The rather rare form of gold work here, cannetille, is a form only made in the last part of the 1700s, and is rare to find. This is a splendid example, though the mosaic shows damage. It is over 250 years old.
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