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Exhibition-Quality Figural Micromosaic Plaque Attributed to the Vatican Studios



An Arcadian exhibition-quality micromosaic plaque Attributed to the Vatican Studios The scene created from hundreds of glass tesserae, the oval cartouche housed within Belgian black marble and depicting a pastoral scene of a peasant riding his donkey alongside his children seated within wicker baskets and teaming with maize, within an idyllic mountainous and lush landscape populated with two dogs and another farmer in the distance; housed within an extensively carved giltwood frame. Italian, circa 1855 Dimensions: Framed: H 29 in / 73 cm, W 33 in / 83.5 cm, D 4 in / 10 cm Unframed: H 12.5 in / 31.5 cm, W 17 in / 43 cm Vatican Mosaic Workshop Studio del Musaico dell Reverenda Fabbrica di S. Pietro (Mosaic Studio of the Reverenced Work Shop of St. Peter's) was created in the 16th century to create architectural mosaics for the new basilica, and was later established as a distinct entity in 1727, supplying extraordinarily detailed views of Rome to the new industry of 'tourism', in the form of table tops, tablets and jewelry.


  • Attributed to
    Vatican Mosaic Studio (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Width: 33 in. (83.82 cm)Depth: 4 in. (10.16 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Glass,Belgian Black Marble,Giltwood
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1855
  • Condition
    Repaired: Each piece has undergone careful inspection and restoration by a conservation specialist in order to guarantee the original quality and integrity of the object. Micromosaic plaques are incredibly stable. The giltwood frame his been stabilised.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 94911stDibs: LU954721415342

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
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