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Brooch

ca. 1860 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Miniature mosaic panels, now known as 'micromosaics', were a particular speciality of Rome in the Nineteenth Century. Set into jewellery or box lids, they were very popular tourist souvenirs. They were first made in the Vatican workshops, but by 1817 the Scottish traveller Charlotte Eaton recorded that there were 'hundreds of artists, or rather artisans, who carry on the manufactory of mosaics on a small scale' around the Piazza di Spagna.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gold and glass mosaic
Brief Description
Gold brooch, mounted with a micromosaic of two flying doves, Italy, about 1860.
Physical Description
Circular gold brooch in the classical style, set with a mosaic panel of two doves and foliage against a gold background.
Dimensions
  • Height: 52mm
  • Width: 50mm
  • Depth: 10mm
Marks and Inscriptions
Unmarked
Credit line
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein
Subject depicted
Summary
Miniature mosaic panels, now known as 'micromosaics', were a particular speciality of Rome in the Nineteenth Century. Set into jewellery or box lids, they were very popular tourist souvenirs. They were first made in the Vatican workshops, but by 1817 the Scottish traveller Charlotte Eaton recorded that there were 'hundreds of artists, or rather artisans, who carry on the manufactory of mosaics on a small scale' around the Piazza di Spagna.
Other Numbers
  • LOAN:AMERICANFRIENDS.335-2003 - Previous number
  • 273 - Goldstein Collection number
Collection
Accession Number
M.208-2007

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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