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Antique Georgian to Victorian Micromosaic, 18k Gold Brooch - Micromosaic in blue basin, unusual scene
Okay experts and well-traveled erudite collectors; what Roman ruin is represented in this scene? I'm stumpted! I don't know where it is, which makes this one even more interesting in that it's not the usual Roman ruins scene or Venice landmark we normally find in the old Grand Tour micromosaics. If you recognize it, email us, will you? Meanwhile, allow me to mention that it's a sand-sized (and early!) micromosaic of excellent quality, even with the fact of light hairlines which can be seen in our greatly enlarged images. The old hairlines that affect the lapis lazuli blue basin have been stablized from the backside at some point over the past 180 or so years, and it's firm and solid and not moving anywhere. The tiny tesserae remain all in place and not a single one is raised or missing. These old early panels rarely survive completely intact but this one's flaws are light and non-intrusive to the eye or stability of this gorgeous old work of art. Remember, each of those miniscule bits of colored glass were set into place 180 or so years ago, in the hands of a true master from the quality. And further to its value is the 18k (tested, confirmed) yellow gold brooch mount into which it is fitted perfectly (original to this micromosaic, certainly). I bought this as 12k, so now and then a happy accident (normally if there's discrepancy, we find the gold over-reported rather than under). We always test on our own to be certain we're presenting the antique jewely item accurately. I'll be looking through reference books, trying to identify the scene, and will add info as we get it.
Good to very good condition, age and type considered. There are very old and restored hairlines impacting the blue basin only, no missing or raised tesserae. If you run a finger over the mosaic, it's very smooth but you can feel the very faint ridge of the line - just barely. The 18k gold mount is generously made and beautifully preserved, ranking it's part of the brooch 'excellent'.
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