Rare mid-19th Century triple picture frame that hangs on brass easel stand. Each locket style frame has a Pietra Dura (inlaid marble mosaic) cover that opens by a side hinge revealing the bezel held photo enclosure which faces the satin covering that backs the Pietra Dura stone that when closed protects the photo inside. Each Pietra Dura plaque is mounted in a decorative brass frame with the three frames attached forming one unit. The frames can stand alone when placed on a table or dresser, if desired, or can be hung on the custom easel stand as shown. The stone frames have a small "button" handle but are not made to have a locked closure.
Dimensions: Outside measurement of the three frames combined is 7" high and 5 1/4" wide. Each individual frame measures 3 5/8" long and 2 1/2" wide. Stand measures 9 3/4" high, 6 1/4" wide and 6 3/4" deep (when opened).
Condition: Very good to excellent Estate condition for age with expected patina on brass from normal wear. The top stone has a very small ding at the top edge, the lower left (facing) stone has a tight crack at the 3:00 o'clock and another at the 7:00 o'clock position, the top photo interior does not have its glass covering and the lower left (facing) hinge is intact but has slight "hang" when opened.
Originally sold to nobility and wealthy travelers as a Grand Tour souvenir in the mid-to-late 19th Century, these pieces today are sold in antique centers near the Ponte Vecchio in Florence or in shops that open to the Piazza Navonne in Rome and in the Palais Royal area in Paris. Even small examples of these remarkable pieces of art are very high priced and are becoming more scarce and hard to find.
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