• Vintage and Modern Jewels at S auction at Christies

    Sale 5896

    Vintage and Modern Jewels at South Kensington, Including Fine Hermès Handbags

    19 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 75

    An early 19th century Italian micromosaic

    Price Realised  


    An early 19th century Italian micromosaic
    The circular copper plaque depicting the Capitoline Doves, the four doves seated on a basin resting on a plinth against a blue ground, circa 1825

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    Post Lot Text

    The subject of the Capitoline Doves or Doves of Pliny was originally copied from an ancient floor mosaic found in 1737 at Hadrian's Villa, now in the Musei Capitolini in Rome. The mosaic was associated with the description of the Elder Pliny of a Greek second century BC mosaic at Pergamon.