Glass imitation-malachite paperweight with a micromosaic plate framed in gold. The micromosaic is composed of glass tesselles (small tiles) and represents a double-handled Roman amphora on a blue background. The base of the handles of the amphora are decorated with masks, and the gadrooned bottom of the body of the vase meets a slightly raised foot.
The quality and clean angles of the tesselles, as well as the two-dimensional motif, set the date of this micromosaic at the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the19th century. The subject of an ancient Roman artifact was influenced by the archeological discoveries made in Italy at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries. Micromosaic art was highly sought after by wealthy European travelers making their “Grand Tour” of Europe. The Napoleonic conquests diffused this art throughout Europe, especially in Russia. It is likely, then, that this micromosaic plate set in imitation malachite was fabricated for the Russian market.
Paperweight: L: 4 in / W: 2.8 in
Micromosaic: L: 2.2 in / W: 1.2 in
Period: end of the 18th century, beginning of the 19th century.
Price : on request