This Rare Miniature Micro Mosaic Nativity Scene Brooch from Italy 1840-1860 could be attributed to The Vatican Mosaic Studio Craftsmen or a direct descendant of one of the Artists who studied there. It has the extra-long pin which is typical of brooches from the Georgian era. This Historical Work of Art appears to be a tribute to The Birth of Jesus Christ.
The early work (such as this early brooch shows so impeccably) is exemplified by the intricacy of mosaic work in tiny, tiny glass "tesserae" pieces to make a complex scene. The Tesserae are smooth to the touch and perfect condition in this exquisite example of the highest of the mosaic art. The quality of this mosaic is only seen in the master craftsman of the period.
The Micro Mosaic of the Nativity is framed with a narrow band of black onyx. The ornate 14KT Gold Frame features (8) stacked layers of different twisted rope designs. The Scene depicts a mission or stable with Mary, Joseph and infant Jesus and the 3-Wise Men in attendance (rt. Side). It is in very excellent antique condition with one tiny tile missing.
Measurements: 3/4” x 3/4” in diameter (2cm).
Unmarked - Tested 14KT or higher.
The Vatican Studio of Mosaic in the Vatican City in Rome was established and first directed by the mosaic artist Pietro Paolo Cristofari in 1727. An internship at the Mosaic Studio learning the art of mosaics could be as long as 4 years. In 1623-1644 it was decided to reproduce all the oil paintings in the interior of the Basilica of St. Peter, In fact these paintings were being damaged by humidity and they were replaced with exact, detailed copies in mosaic. The Vatican Mosaic Studio is a part of the Reverenda Fabbrica di San Pietro that is today still in charge of conservation, care, and maintenance of St. Peter's.
During this Period (the Grand Tour) the European aristocracy, visiting the Italian Cities of Art, particularly Rome, contributed to the birth of various artisan laboratories where souvenirs of high quality were realized, among which also micromosaici of any form and dimension.
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