Gorgeous MINI Micro Mosaic, this large bowl was made between 1850-1905. Polished up it is an outstanding piece of art as well as a large and beautiful bowl. There are five pieces of mini micro mosaic art, usually done in Italy during this time period. I love mosaics done well. These are exquisite and I don't believe that this tiny tiles are even crafted like this anymore. Not in this small of tiles or this tight.
The bowl weighs 5 1/2 lbs. on its own. I believe the metal to be bronze on top with a brass base. The heaviness makes me think bronze but it could be brass. Look at the fittings on the bowl to secure the artful tiled flowers. The mini micro mosaics are not set evenly across the top, but at different levels making it more 3 dimensional. The mosaics of today, the tiles are much larger and they are all the same elevation or height in the hand work. This had to take days to do. I have seen this done in jewelry and some boxes but NEVER on a bowl!!
It's outstanding. It is not perfect, as some of the tiles have been hit on top, HOWEVER, all the tiles are still there. Amazing. Stunning. If you want it perfect an art restoration place would be able to make that happen. But I think it is awesome just like it is. People are awed by it and have never noticed some of the tiles are damaged.
I have a ring with the mini micro mosaic and it was from about 1850, but in 1900 the gold frame with the tiny micro mosaic was attached to a wide silver band. But the picture is much smaller than these flower designs. It looks like a picture but when I tell people its made of 100's of tiny tiles, they can't believe it! Just as the lovely flowers on this piece.
I have other pieces of vanity items, such as hand mirrors, frames and boxes that have these smallest of tiles. They are treasures. But even the tiles on those are larger than on this bowl. This makes me believe it is closer to 1850 when made rather than the turn of the century.
Each piece of tiled flowers is 1 3/4" by 1 1/2". The bowl is 13" wide from one side to the other and stands at 5" tall. The inside bowl is 8" across. Hard to let this one go!!! There is a number on the bottom of the bowl.
I purchased this piece in England and carried it home in my suitcase! I also have a large micro mosaic piece that I will send with this so the tiles can be replaced or added to the top, if you want it perfect. No one has ever noticed it has damaged tiles, but I always have to point it out because I know it is there.
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