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AN ITALIAN GOLD-MOUNTED HARDSTONE BONBONNIERE SET WITH A MICROMOSAIC
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AN ITALIAN GOLD-MOUNTED HARDSTONE BONBONNIERE SET WITH A MICROMOSAIC

PROBABLY ITALIAN, CIRCA 1800, THE MICROMOSAIC ROME, CIRCA 1800

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AN ITALIAN GOLD-MOUNTED HARDSTONE BONBONNIERE SET WITH A MICROMOSAIC
PROBABLY ITALIAN, CIRCA 1800, THE MICROMOSAIC ROME, CIRCA 1800
circular gold-mounted green aventurine quartz box, the independent cover set with a micromosaic plaque depicting a parrot on a branch, within a chased gold border
3 in. (77 mm.) diam.
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Lot Essay

A very similar box to the present bonbonnière in pinkish aventurine quartz was in The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor. The cover was set with a micromosaic of a nearly identical subject and was attributed to Giacomo Raffaelli.
A micromosaic plaque of a parrot was in the Diana Keggie Collection, sold Christie's, South Kensington, 30 November 2005, lot 114 and a further example was offered at Christie's, Geneva, 19 November 1997, lot 270.

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