• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 121

    AN ITALIAN MICROMOSAIC PLAQUE

    ROME, CIRCA 1820

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    AN ITALIAN MICROMOSAIC PLAQUE
    ROME, CIRCA 1820
    Rectangular plaque, depicting a ruined temple similar to the Temple of Sibyl at Tivoli in a landscape, within a circular millefiore border, flanked by six various butterflies on blue ground within a further red and beige millefiore border, copper reverse
    6 5/8 in. (170 mm.) wide


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    A similar micromosaic, identified as depicting the Temple of Sibyl at Tivoli, is recorded in the Gilbert Collection of micromosaics. Though the Temple of Sibyl was a popular subject for micromosaics, the present view, showing the side of the temple with only three of its columns, is less common and precludes certain identification of the structure (J. H. Gabriel, The Gilbert Collection. Micromosaics, London, 2000, p. 207, no. 138).

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    Provenance

    Diana Keggie Collection; Christie's, London, South Kensingon, 30 November 2005, lot 132.