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I love Italy! How could anyone not. And what is the best souvenir of Italy, hands down? (Okay, not the 5 pounds you gained from the fabulous food). The Micromosaics - whether fine jewelry, the architectural plaques and boxes, or beautiful old picture frames like this one, it's the micromosaics that most speak of Italy, isn't it. And if you go there and buy the ones in Rome or Florence, you're paying 2-3 times what we're charging. I know, I was just there (again) and I always look at the antiques and check prices. And you would be shocked at how often I find our own inventory, having sold them to the dealers in Italy. So lesson is: buy from us, enjoy the extra money while on your trip. Seriously, here is the perfect souvenir of your own Grand Tour of Italy - a late 19th century Grand Tour souvenir of Italy. The c. 1870-90s wooden frame in shape of an artist's palette is the basin into which a spectacular floral bouquet is worked in every corner. It speaks of the flowers of the Spanish Steps in Rome, or the glass worker's trade in Venice and beyond, doesn't it. If you're going, if you've been, you know that this is the perfect frame for your favorite travel photo of Italy, don't you. Honeymoon? Nice and large but not table-mirror size, it's perfect to cluster with other frames, whether micromosaic or not, and if you add in a little souvenir box with micromosaic inset top, fabulous!
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, the large frame hasn't a single colored glass tesserae missing and just one half of one nipped a bit on that inner rim about at the 5 o'clock position. There is also a very small flashing chip on the mirror at about the 4 o'clock position that hide under the wood except at sidelong angle (we tried to do that angle for the large photo so you could see what I mean. I see nothing else at all to report by way of flaws on this one. Even the wooden backing and easel stand remain, or your could add a little loop if you wish to hang it on a wall. It's a lovely vanity mirror (c.1880-1900). What might appear as a break in the wood in that beveled oval of wood lining the interior, by the way, is just the joint in the 2 pieces and does not represent a flaw. Very nice old frame and in remarkably fine condition, too.
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Antique Italian Micromosaic 8.75" Vanity Mirror, Wood Artist's Palette, Micro Mosaic
$747 USD SOLD
San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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