Exceptional circular micromosaic plate featuring a fox capturing a mallard duck. The fox is crouched, ears back, and remains wary of his surroundings. The subject is set on a solid black background. This plate displays superior mastery of tessellation, as shown by the variety of shapes of the tesselles (small tiles) in the fox’s coat: crescents, waves, circles and rectangles. The predatory theme of the fox was often represented in micromosaic art and was inspired by the work of the painter Johann Wenzel Peter (Karlsbad 1745 - Rome1829). Peter was active in Rome during the end of the 19th century and was known for his depictions of fighting animals. His paintings were reproduced as engravings and influenced numerous mosaic artists such as Cesare Aguatti et Giacomo Raffaelli, who worked in the Vatican workshops.
The plate also has the monogram LM, for Luigi Moglia, hidden under the flower in the foreground. Luigi Cavaliere Moglia was active during the mid-19th century. Together with his son Domenico, they became renowned mosaic artists and set up a workshop in Rome. Several of their compositions were inspired by Aguatti. For example, Moglia’s Spaniel micromosaic, now conserved at the British Museum, was inspired by a model by Aguatti. Moglia is also known for having made portraits of Pope Gregory XVI (Musée de l'Hermitage, St. Petersberg, Russia). The Pope offered numerous of Moglia’s compositions as gifts, such as Seated Madonna and John the Baptist, given to Napoleon III by the Pope on the occasion of the baptism of his son.
D: 1,49 in.
Work from the second half of the 19th century.
Price : on request
3 000 €