Unmounted mid-1800s Italian micro mosaic plaque, St. Peter's Square, Rome. Ready to mount in jewelry of your choice. Onyx or black glass basin with very very fine colored glass tesserae, no loss to mosaic. Large 46mm x 38mm oval. One base rim flashing chip will cover when mounted in a jewelry item.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. Some time ago I bought an entire collection of unmounted mid-1800s micromosiacs, shell cameos, lava cameos from an auction house. I've decided they've all got to go. This one is spectacular, though you see one fault in that backside edge flashing chip. That is not deep and it will be invisible once it is mounted as a brooch or pendant, which is its most likely intended destination. I love the way artisan/jeweler, Elizabeth Locke, incorporates these antique stones and mosaics into her modern jewelry, but the prices are astronomical. And likewise, buying these now in Italy is way out of sight. Buy yours from us (as the Italian tourist antiques market does) and have it made up to your liking as the Victorian Grand Tour travelers did. Surface is perfectly flat, superb, no cracks, no lifts to the colored glass tesserae, which are terribly tiny. And a wonderful favorite scene, St Peter's Square with the c.1600s Bernini and Maderno fountains running. This one is so old, it doesn't show the Bernini figures that top the colonnade, and does show the Egyptian obelisk that also no longer is there. Very early, likely c.1830-50. I have many others, being sold separately, including a pair that would make up into fabulous earrings to go with this one. All shown and sold separately. Ask for help if you don't find them - working at listing them all as fast as I can!
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