Home page

Global notice COVID-19 Important notice
AN ITALIAN GILT-METAL MOUNTED HARDSTONE BONBONNIÈRE SET WITH A MICROMOSAIC PLAQUE
AN ITALIAN GILT-METAL MOUNTED HARDSTONE BONBONNIÈRE SET WITH A MICROMOSAIC PLAQUE

BY PIETRO BELLI (FL. 1825-1828), MARKED, ROME, CIRCA 1825, THE MICROMOSAIC ATTRIBUTED TO GIACOMO RAFFAELLI (FL. 1753-1836), ROME, CIRCA 1785-1800

Details
AN ITALIAN GILT-METAL MOUNTED HARDSTONE BONBONNIÈRE SET WITH A MICROMOSAIC PLAQUE
BY PIETRO BELLI (FL. 1825-1828), MARKED, ROME, CIRCA 1825, THE MICROMOSAIC ATTRIBUTED TO GIACOMO RAFFAELLI (FL. 1753-1836), ROME, CIRCA 1785-1800
circular silver-gilt mounted porphry box, the cover set with a micromosaic plaque depicting a greyhound seated on a grassy bank against a dark-blue back-ground, within a silver-gilt frame
2 5/8 in. (65 mm.) diam.

Brought to you by

David McLachlan
David McLachlan

Check the condition report or get in touch for additional information about this

Condition report

If you wish to view the condition report of this lot, please sign in to your account.

Sign in
View condition report

Lot Essay

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. There are several examples of micromosaics of seated dogs attributed to Raffaelli and the composition probably originally came from the animal painter Johann Wenzel Peter, who worked in Rome during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

More from Gold Boxes

View All
View All