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Antique Grand Tour Micro-Mosaic Marble Desk Weight Doves Pliny 19th Century

Antique Grand Tour Micro-Mosaic Marble Desk Weight  Doves Pliny 19th Century | Ref. no. A2235 | Regent Antiques
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  • Antique Grand Tour Micro-Mosaic Marble Desk Weight  Doves Pliny 19th Century | Ref. no. A2235 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Grand Tour Micro-Mosaic Marble Desk Weight  Doves Pliny 19th Century | Ref. no. A2235 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Grand Tour Micro-Mosaic Marble Desk Weight  Doves Pliny 19th Century | Ref. no. A2235 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Grand Tour Micro-Mosaic Marble Desk Weight  Doves Pliny 19th Century | Ref. no. A2235 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Grand Tour Micro-Mosaic Marble Desk Weight  Doves Pliny 19th Century | Ref. no. A2235 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Grand Tour Micro-Mosaic Marble Desk Weight  Doves Pliny 19th Century | Ref. no. A2235 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Grand Tour Micro-Mosaic Marble Desk Weight  Doves Pliny 19th Century | Ref. no. A2235 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Grand Tour Micro-Mosaic Marble Desk Weight  Doves Pliny 19th Century | Ref. no. A2235 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Grand Tour Micro-Mosaic Marble Desk Weight  Doves Pliny 19th Century | Ref. no. A2235 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Grand Tour Micro-Mosaic Marble Desk Weight  Doves Pliny 19th Century | Ref. no. A2235 | Regent Antiques
Ref: A2235
Price: £950.00
This is a superb decorative antique Italian Grand Tour Micro-Mosaic inset serpentine black marble desk weight, circa 1870 in...
This is a superb decorative antique Italian Grand Tour Micro-Mosaic inset serpentine black marble desk weight, circa 1870 in date.

The cartouche shaped top features micromosaic decoration depicting "The Doves of Pliny" which depicts four doves drinking water from an ornate bowl. 
The design of the mosaic is Classical and is based on an ancient floor mosaic found in the villa of the Roman Emperor Hadrian (2nd Century AD). Called The Doves of Pliny, a description of the mosaic appears in the Roman historian Pliny the Elder's Natural History, completed in 77 AD.
 

Condition:

In really excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.



Dimensions in cm:

Width 11 x Depth 8

Dimensions in inches:

Width 4 inches x Depth 3 inches

Our reference: A2235

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Micro-Mosaic
From the Renaissance micro-mosaics began to be made in Italy, reaching the height of their popularity in the mid 19th century, when Rome was the centre of production; there was a Vatican Mosaic Studio from 1576, set up to create mosaic replicas of the altarpieces in St Peter's Basilica, which were being damaged by the humid conditions of the vast and crowded interior. They were popular purchases by visitors on the Grand Tour, easily portable, and often taken home to set into an object there. Typical scenes were landscapes of Roman views, rarely of any artistic originality, and the micromosaics were small panels used to inset into furniture or onto snuffboxes and similar objects, or for jewellery.
A distinctive feature of micromosaics is that the tesserae are usually oblong rather than square.The best work can achieve 3,000 to 5,000 tesserae per square inch. The best collections are in the Hermitage Museum and the Gilbert Collection in London.

Dimensions in cm:

Width 11 x Depth 8

Dimensions in inches:

Width 4 inches x Depth 3 inches

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