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Late 19th Century Micromosaic Mirror, Venice

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Large Venetian micromosaic mirror with wood frame inlaid with naturalist bouquets of flowers and foliage on gold background. Italy, 19th century period.

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Large micromosaic mirror with wood frame inlaid with intricate naturalist bouquets of flowers, roses and foliage in relief, on gold background. The motifs are depicted in great detail, and the technique of micromosaic is masterfully executed. This beautifully-crafted Italian mirror was made in Venice, in the late 19th century, when micromosaic works were very popular throughout Europe.

Circa :1890
Dim: W: 24 in - D: 1,6in - H: 35,8in.
Dim: L:61cm, P:4cm, H:91cm.

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In overall very good condition with small restorations on the wood and some tesserae.

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Micromosaics are a special form of mosaic that uses unusually small mosaic pieces - called "tesserae", of glass, or in later Italian pieces an enamel-like material, to make small figurative images. Surviving ancient Roman mosaics include some very finely worked panels using very small tesserae, especially from Pompeii, but only from Byzantine art are there mosaic icons in micromosaic with tesserae as small as the best from the Modern period. From the Renaissance, they began to be made in Italy, reaching the height of their popularity in the mid-19th century.

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