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  • Place of origin:

    Rome (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1825 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Micromosaic, malachite and gold

  • Credit Line:

    The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Sir Arthur Gilbert and his wife Rosalinde formed one of the world's great decorative art collections, including silver, mosaics, enamelled portrait miniatures and gold boxes. Arthur Gilbert donated his extraordinary collection to Britain in 1996.

Physical description

The circular brooch is set with a central round micromosaic depicting a traveller in rustic attire holding a walking stick and seated upon a bench. The round earrings also have a circular mosaics depicting bust length figures, one male and one female, in regional clothing and headgear. Each micromosaic is set into a circular malachite plaque and bordered with gold beading.

Place of Origin

Rome (made)


ca. 1825 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Micromosaic, malachite and gold


Diameter: 3.4 cm

Object history note

Provenance: Betty Roberts, Los Angeles, 1974.

Descriptive line

Brooch with peasants, Rome. Micromosaic, malachite and gold, 1825-50.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Gabriel, Jeanette Hanisee with contributions by Anna Maria Massinelli and essays by Judy Rudoe and Massimo Alfieri. Micromosaics: The Gilbert Collection. London: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd. in association with The Gilbert Collection, 2000. 310 p., ill. Cat. no. 174, p. 238. ISBN 0856675113.


Mosaic glass; Malachite (mineral); Gold


Micromosaic; Setting; Beading (process)

Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Metalwork; Mosaic


Metalwork Collection

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