An exceptional antique Etruscan Revival Italian micro mosaic depicting three doves, flowers and foliage.
Tiny glass tiles called tesserae have been hand set to create the image of the graceful birds with very tiny stems of forget-me-nots surrounding them.
The tiles are some of the smallest I have ever seen and placed so tightly that there is literally no space between them.
The background is a brick red which perfectly accentuates the white doves and tiny blue flowers.
The ends of the scenic mosaic has a thin crescent of dark blue tiles with a tiny white flower with a white dot on either side.
The mosaic is framed with very tightly twisted wire, the brooch is embellished with solid beads around the entire outside edge.
The workmanship is incredible- so fine, detailed and delicate, truly a work of art.
The pin measures 3.25" by .5", it closes with a hinged tube pin stem and C hook.
Condition is excellent, no damaged or missing tiles and minimal wear. The C hook looks to be a replacement, no distraction of course. The gilt finish has darkened, the pin has not been cleaned or polished.
A fabulous example of Italian 19th Century micro mosaic with an extraordinary scenic design.
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