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Plaque

  • Place of origin:

    Rome (made)

  • Date:

    c. 1810 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Puglieschi, Filipo (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Micromosaic with beaded, gilt and carved frame

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:GILBERT.199:1, 2-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Asian leopard shown here has larger spots than its African counterpart. Puglieschi's animals may have been inspired by those of the Bohemian artist Wenceslaus Peter (1742-1829).

The term 'micromosaic' is used to describe mosaics made of the smallest glass pieces. Some micromosaics contain more than 5000 pieces per square inch. The earliest attempts at micromosaic revealed visible joins between the pieces (known as tesserae) and a lack of perspective. Later artists such as Antonio Aguatti made huge advances in micromosaic technique, resulting in renderings that were truer to life. Glass micromosaic technique developed in the 18th century, in the Vatican Mosaic Workshop in Rome, where they still undertake restoration work today.

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

Small circular micromosaic plaque depicting a leopard attacking a goat kid in a river landscape. The leopard's head is at the left, the kid's leg in its jaws. The plaque is within a beaded gilt frame surmounted by an eagle.

Place of Origin

Rome (made)

Date

c. 1810 (made)

Artist/maker

Puglieschi, Filipo (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Micromosaic with beaded, gilt and carved frame

Dimensions

Diameter: 7 cm

Object history note

Provenance: Michael Hall, New York, 1975.

Descriptive line

Plaque with leopard attacking a kid. Probably Filipo Puglieschi, Rome, c.1810.

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

Italian Art and Antiques, no. 1, November 1996, p. 49.

Labels and date

2. Plaque with leopard attacking a kid, about 1810

Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.199:1-2008 [16/11/2016]

Materials

Mosaic glass; Gilt metal; Gilt wood

Techniques

Micromosaic; Gilding; Beading (process); Framing

Subjects depicted

Goats (animals); Leopards

Categories

Plaques & Plaquettes

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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