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AN ITALIAN MICROMOSAIC PLAQUE
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AN ITALIAN MICROMOSAIC PLAQUE

BY GIACOMO RAFFAELLI (FL. 1753-1836), ROME, 1794, SIGNED ON THE REVERSE 'GIACOMO RAFFAELLI FEIE, ROME 1794'

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AN ITALIAN MICROMOSAIC PLAQUE
BY GIACOMO RAFFAELLI (FL. 1753-1836), ROME, 1794, SIGNED ON THE REVERSE 'GIACOMO RAFFAELLI FEIE, ROME 1794'
circular plaque, the micromosaic depicting a rabbit eating a leaf whilst seated on a grassy bank, dark-blue background within a red, white and black tesserae border, gilt-metal surround and wood frame
2¼ in. (60 mm.) diam.

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One of the most celebrated artists in the fields of mosaics and hardstones and credited with the actual invention of micromosaics, Giacomo Raffaelli (1753-1836) was extensively patronised by Pope Pius XV (d. 1799), and worked in both the Vatican workshops as well as from his own studio in the Piazza di Spagna. Raffaelli often depicted animals in his work and these mosaics were usually small in size.

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