Exceptional porphyry and gold box. The removable lid is decorated with a micromosaic representing a vedute or view of the Temple of Sibyl in Tivoli, Italy.
The composition of this micromosaic is uncommon as it does not include the waterfall near the temple. The scene here is of the Temple of Sibyl as well as the San Giorgio Church which was destroyed in 1880. An arch supports the promontory of the temple, which has a vine descending on it. Several characters are resting in the pastoral scenery. This astonishing representation of the Tivoli site is similar to the engraving by Giovanni Battista Piranesi entitled Altra veduta del tempio della Sibill a Tivoli 1761.
The extensive palette of colors of the tesselles (small tiles) as well as their triangular shape sets the date of this piece between 1800 and 1815.
Height : 0.8 in
Diameter: 3.1 in.
Gold mark, Goldsmith unreadable.
Early 19th century work. Circa 1815.
Origin: The Bernard Nadal Baker collection (1854-1918), a transatlantic business magnate whose extensive collection was conserved in Catonsville, Maryland.
Price : on request