Antique Chased Silver Snuff Box Set with Fine Italian Micromosaic Plaque For Sale
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Antique Chased Silver Snuff Box Set with Fine Italian Micromosaic Plaque

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The small rectangular silver snuff box, chased with foliage decorations and featuring a hinged back, is set with a detailed micromosaic plaque on top. The plaque depicts a rural landscape with Roman ruins and two figures standing in front of the ruins. Italy was the centre of micromosaic production. In the 19th Century, the delicate objects became highly prized by members of the European nobility. Particularly desired were micromosaics such as the present example, which depicted architectural elements of Italy, such as the Roman ruins or famous churches. These creations would be purchased by wealthy aristocrats on their Grand Tours around Europe, and taken home as mementos of the trip. Often the micromosaic panels would then be set into larger works of furniture, smaller trinkets such as this snuff box, or framed for display on return. Such was the demand for micromosaic portrayals of the most famous architectural feats that workshops sprung up around the Roman monuments, vying with each other to produce the very highest quality works. Today, mircomosaics remain highly prized for their beauty and skillful craftsmanship. The finest examples of micromosaics come from 19th Century Italy, the delicacy and appearance of which are unsurpassed.

Details

  • In the Style Of
    Grand Tour
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    Late 19th Century
  • Dimensions
    H 0.99 in. x W 3.55 in. x D 1.97 in.H 2.5 cm x W 9 cm x D 5 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    11676
  • Reference Number
    LU95637986093
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