All roads lead to Rome, as they say. And all 19th century Grand Tour travelers included that incredible city in their travels, bringing home souvenirs that would remind them (and us) of the architectural wonders that remain. This c.1860-80s crucifix has 4 architectural views, including St. Peter's up top. Beautifully crafted, it has a Pietra Dura plaque in the center of the cross, "Roma" and flowers & stars to surround and decorate the cross. There are a few tiny tesserae missing on this one. You can see where they are in our images. Only the bottom architectural one has a line of them missing, and a 6 of the black with white asterisk-like stars are also gone. Still, a glorious find. I've had this one in my own collection for many years. It reminds me of a city I love so much, and return to often. Perhaps can be your souvenir of your own Grand Tour now. Left of center is the Basilica de Santa Cecilia in the Trastevere, another personal favorite. Over 900 churches in Rome. You'll want to see most of them.
I'm in Rome now and then, and in Florence, and I do look to see what the locals are asking for the old micro mosaics like these. They buy from us, too, so sometimes I see our own in their windows. They're all priced double our price or higher, which means if you buy your souvenir from us, you can use that extra to enjoy your own Grand Tour of Italy that much more. Think about it.
Very good for age and type, there are 6 missing tesserae that are the black ones with white asterisk-like stars. Also a line of the bottom architectural mosaic is missing, base of the building. I've owned this for 15 years at least, and it's solid and hasn't lost any in all that time. It's a wonderful old one. RARE to find this type of architectural mosaic, dates c.1860-80s, Rome. The deep heavy brass basin is protective, in fine form. Meant to hang on a wall, or even to be worn at times, it is 5.75" tall, not counting the ring bale.
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