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    Sale 1940

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    25 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 380

    A ROMAN MICROMOSAIC PLAQUE DEPICTING A CAVALIER

    BY THE VATICAN MOSAIC STUDIOS, ROME, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A ROMAN MICROMOSAIC PLAQUE DEPICTING A CAVALIER
    BY THE VATICAN MOSAIC STUDIOS, ROME, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    Signed RSF PETRI, within a giltwood frame
    The plaque: 18¾ x 11 in. (47.5 x 28 cm.)


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    Based on the writings of Alexandre Dumas and the canvases of Meissionier depicting the tales of muskateers and cavaliers, the present example is characteristic of mosaics produced by the Vatican studio which catered to the Romantic tastes of European tourists during the final decades of the 19th Century. Though no artist is attributed at present, the signature confirms manufacture by Reverenda Fabbrica de S. Pietro and would have been accompanied by a paper label applied to the reverse identifying the artist's name. A very similar mosaic of a cavalier by Luigi Tarantoni is illustrated in J. Gabriel, The Gilbert Collection Micromosaics, London, 2000, p. 124.

    Provenance

    Marvin Preston II
    Helen Frances Preston
    Marvin Preston III
    By descent to the present owner