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    Raffaelli, Giacomo, born 1753 - died 1836
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  • Place of origin:

    Rome (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Raffaelli, Giacomo, born 1753 - died 1836 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Micromosaic, gilt wood frame

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:GILBERT.175:1, 2-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This micromosaic is executed in grisaille, a style using varying shades of grey. It depicts a Satyr, a mythological creature which was half-man, half-goat.

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

Rectangular micromosaic depicting a satyr seated on a rock with attributes of Bacchus; a goat, pan pipes hanging in a small tree and other pipes and implements at the satyr's feet. The mosaic is executed en grisaillle on a blue ground and is within a gilt frame.

Place of Origin

Rome (made)


ca. 1800 (made)


Raffaelli, Giacomo, born 1753 - died 1836 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Micromosaic, gilt wood frame

Marks and inscriptions

On the back of the picture a label reads ' Jacques Raffaelli/Etude Mosaiques/ de travaux en tout genre de marbres / a Rome/ Rue du Babuinon. 92/pre du Theatre dMibert' [sic].


Height: 25.2 cm, Width: 22.5 cm ., Height: 37.5 cm including frame, Width: 35.0 cm including frame, Depth: 5.2 cm frame

Object history note

Provenance: Didier Aaron, Paris, 1985.

Historical significance: Scenes from classical literature delighted the eighteenth and nineteenth century traveller who was familiar with mythology and had visited ancient ruins at Pompeii or Paestum with their wall paintings of similar bacchanalian subjects.

Historical context note

Satyrs were followers of Bacchus who represented the powers of the earth and nature as spirits of the fields, valleys, groves and mountains, particularly in Arcadia, a pastoral region of ancient Greece. This may represent Pan, who protected the land and those associated with it, including fishermen, hunters and shepherds.

Descriptive line

Micromosaic picture depicting a satyr and goat, Rome, Giacomo Raffaelli, ca.1800.

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

Wheeler, Daniel, ed. with introduction by Alexis Gregory. Princely Taste: Treasures from Great Private Collections. Exhibition catalogue, Jerusalem: Israel Museum, vol. 369, 1995, p. 77.

Labels and date

Satyr with a goat, and sleeping bacchante
About 1800

These micromosaics are executed in grisaille, a style using varying shades of grey. Satyrs were mythological creatures which were half-man, half goat. Bacchantes were female followers of Bacchus, god of wine.

Rome, Italy, Giacomo Raffaelli (1753-1836)
Galss micromosaic
Museum nos. Loan: Gilbert 175,1-2; 176, 1-2, 2008 [2009]


Mosaic glass; Gilt wood


Micromosaic; Gilding; Framing

Subjects depicted

Satyr; Goat; Rock


Metalwork Collection

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