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AN ITALIAN GOLD-MOUNTED HARDSTONE BONBONNIÈRE SET WITH A MICROMOSAIC PLAQUE
AN ITALIAN GOLD-MOUNTED HARDSTONE BONBONNIÈRE SET WITH A MICROMOSAIC PLAQUE

ATTRIBUTED TO GIACOMO RAFFAELLI (FL. 1753-1836), ROME, CIRCA 1780

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AN ITALIAN GOLD-MOUNTED HARDSTONE BONBONNIÈRE SET WITH A MICROMOSAIC PLAQUE
ATTRIBUTED TO GIACOMO RAFFAELLI (FL. 1753-1836), ROME, CIRCA 1780
circular gold-mounted box of green porphyry, the cover set with a micromosaic plaque depicting a goldfinch perched on a branch against a white background, within a black, red and white tesserae border and polished gold frame
3 in. (75 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.

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