MINI Micro Mosaic, this large bowl was made between 1850-1900. It is an outstanding piece of art as well as a large and beautiful bowl. There are five pieces of mini micro mosaic art, done in Italy during this time period. I love mosaics done well. These are exquisite and I don't believe that this mini micro 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 have great topography across the top, or different levels of the tiles 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 small 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. And I will send the tiles to you from another piece I have. But I think it is awesome just like it is. People are awed by it and have never noticed some of the slightly damaged tiles.
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 1850-1900 when this was made. They didn't do this mini-micro mosaics for that many years! Probably because it made people go blind!
Each section 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 of the bowl is 8" across. One of my favorite pieces. But I'm downsizing and moving so treasures need new homes to be appreciated! Also, There is a number on the bottom of the bowl.
I purchased this piece in England and carried it home in my suitcase! I wouldn't recommend it! But it is a gorgeous piece! 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 have to point it out because I know it is there. Stunning. Makes an awesome fruit bowl!
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