Lovely designed and beautifully executed, this is one of the best Petra Dura pieces we've been handled, check out the pictures and you'll see what I means, one can almost feel the flower petal and the leaves dancing softly in a breeze.
Mosaics were popular souvenirs for the Victorian traveler. The mosaics from Florence were commonly known as "petra dura" (literally, hard stone). This is a technique in which thin slices of colored stones are cut with a small saw or copper wire into shapes and fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle to produce a picture. Usually a bed of black marble is used as a foundation. Flowers and birds were favorite motifs.
This piece is a great example, the flora design is accomplished by small pieces of thin slice of stones in the various beautiful colors: coral red, snow white, olive green, yellow and brown. It is set in a silver (tested) frame to be worn as a brooch.
Measures approx. a bit under 1-1/2 inches across and weighs 12 grams.
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