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Gold Micro Mosaic Brooch from The Vatican with Etruscan Beading c. 1820

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Micro Mosaic Jewelry172 of 185This micro mosaic brooch is a miracle of craftsmanship.One of my favorite Micro Mosaic brooches
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Posted 6 years ago


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One of my last acquired brooches is one of those I so admire Micro mosaic technique in Etruscan style. It is marked 18k and perhaps somebody knows what kind of mark (photo in two directions) it is? After examined under a loop i think it's the old Vatican hallmark of crossed keys. A better photo I cannot make. The more I learn about Micro Mosaic jewelry the more I become convinced that this brooch was made under supervision of Castellani or at least one of his assistants.

I was surprised to see one of my Micro Mosaic brooches (also on this page, the peasant lady on a cushion) to see on a film about this subject. If you want to learn more you can link to: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/14896068

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    The brooch is amazing!
    Thank you for sharing this item with us!
    You could well have a treasure here!
    An emblematic jewel!
    It's certainly in the Roman revivalist style of Castellani jewels of the late nineteenth century. The Castellani family popularised Italian archaeological jewelry: inspired by the Etruscan, Greco-Roman, and Byzantine antiquities being excavated at that time. Check ou this site for their mark of entwined C's.

    But can I suggest you start a google images search with "chi rho micro mosaic" and you'll see what I mean.

    Chi rho, labarum, IX monogram, Ichthys are all relevant here. Christian symbols integrated with Roman symbolism of laurel leaves and victory. Constantine I and a vision.

    There is much research for you to do.
    I hope you nought it well.
    Get an expert to look at it!

  2. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
    Hello vetrai050,
    Thanks a lot for your interesting comment. I will look around. The problem is that we don't have so much antique experts and they give not always the good value is my experience. Perhaps they might be afraid to pay a too high price in case of selling.
  3. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
  4. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
    Newtimes, thanks for your quick respons and loving. Have you any idea if I'm right with my suggestion (description) of the origin of the hallmark?
  5. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
    BelleEpoque thanks for your interest and loving
  6. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
    Moonstonelover21 thanks for your interest, attention and loving
  7. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 9 months ago
    I was recently consulted about a cameo brooch with what I think is the same mark & had the same thought you did, that it is from the Vatican. See this question & the comment that was posted for it:

  8. Agram.m Agram.m, 9 months ago
    cameosleuth thanks for your reaction and comment.
  9. IVAN49 IVAN49, 9 months ago
    The offices in the territories of Bologna, Ferrara, Forlì, Ravenna, Marche and Camerino had similar marks. Papal States ceased to exist in 1870.

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