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    Sale 5379

    Vintage & Modern Jewellery at South Kensington

    13 May 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 286

    A 19th century gold mounted Italian micromosaic demi-parure

    Price Realised  

    A 19th century gold mounted Italian micromosaic demi-parure
    Comprising: a brooch with oval mosaic plaque depicting a peasant traveller seated on a log taking refreshment with foliage background, mounted in gold with Etruscan style wirework border; and a pair of earpendants each with oval mosaic plaque depicting a peasant girl in traditional dress, mounted in matching wirework design mounts, circa 1870 (3)


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    Post Lot Text

    Generally the depiction of figures dressed in regional folk costumes is earlier and rarer than ancient monuments or doves. Many of the mosaics depicting peasants are based on the engravings by Bartolomeo Pinelli (1781-1835) c.f. Jeanette Hanisee Gabriel, "The Gilbert Collection, Micromosaics", London, 2000.