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19th Century Micro mosaic Brooch depicting a lady combing her hair set in 18K yellow gold

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    Posted 14 years ago

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    Large Antique Micro Mosaic Brooch colorful depiction hair combing peasant girl. This micro mosaic brooch was purchased during the Grand Tour and brought back to my country set in an elaborate 18K bezel decorated with a cushion . The glass tesserae are set in Onyx.
    I admire this Micro Mosaic brooch as one of my favorites.
    The teasserae are very tiny and are almost perfect. The brooch has one little hallmark on the stem. I know this brooch was a wedding present for a fresh married bride given by her husband and bought in Italy or Switserland at the end of the 19th century.
    Could anybody tell me some more about it. For example what kind of a peasant robe this lady is wearing? And some more about dating. I for myself think about 1850.
    I was very surprised to see this (my) brooch come along in a YouTube film with explaination about antique Micro Mosaic jewelry.
    If you want to know more about Micro Mosaic you can take a look:
    around the 45th minute of this little story this brooch is coming along.

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    1. Agram.m Agram.m, 14 years ago
      I'v looked for and got an answer on looking for the origin of this brooch. It is probably made in Italy (Rome) about 1850/1860 and the micromosaic depicts a lady taken from "I Costumi d'Italia" by Bartolomeo Pinelli, mid 19th century.
      Nice to know of course !
    2. Agram.m, 13 years ago
      Is there any one who can tell more about this brooch?
    3. wolcott1 wolcott1, 13 years ago
      It's in beautiful condition. Just stunning. Many of the micro mosaic scenes included traditionally dressed people from Italy doing ordinary things like fishing or picking flowers. Often tourists took them home from their tours. (Well to do tourists in the case of your brooch) This is lovely!
    4. Agram.m Agram.m, 13 years ago
      Thanks for your comment. As I understand you this is a brooch with a reasonable value?
    5. wolcott1 wolcott1, 13 years ago
      I would say if it is gold and without any cracks or tiles missing it could be worth a few hundred more or less, depending upon the quality of the craftsmanship. So hard to tell by a picture, and I am no expert, but I happen to think it is lovely. Imagine all of the work it took for the craftspeople to make these- putting all of those tiny tiles together!
    6. zede, 13 years ago
      It's a really great micromosaic, most especially because the motif is very rare. It is Italian from the Roman workshops, and dates between the 1830s to 1840s, given the style. It looks like the pin and c-clasp were changed, which is a shame because that would have hallmarks indicating the country of origin and gold content. From the looks of the frame, it was probably mounted in eitherItaly or possibly France. Micromosaics can be valued based on many criteria, starting first with condition and rarity and complexity of the scene. Nice!
    7. Agram.m Agram.m, 13 years ago
      Dear Zede.

      Thanks for your valuable comment. There is a hallmark on the pin but I cannot make out what it is coming from. Have you any idea from the present value of this brooch.?
    8. Agram.m Agram.m, 13 years ago
      Zede, The pin seems original to me but indeed not the c-clasp. I'v tested the frame and it is of 18K gold.
    9. Stillwater Stillwater, 12 years ago
      Oh my GOD, its a little piece of ARTWORK!
    10. Agram.m Agram.m, 12 years ago
      You are right, as I write in the description I even saw my own brooch on a YouTube film about Micro Mosaic.
    11. Agram.m Agram.m, 11 years ago
      Because this is one of my greatest Micro Mosaic jewelry I relist this brooch again.
      The tesseraae are so fine almost a wonder to make!
    12. Agram.m Agram.m, 11 years ago
      AmberRose, vetraio50, BELLIN68 and Hedgewalker sorry for my late reaction. But I would still like to thank you for your interest and for your loving.
    13. Agram.m Agram.m, 11 years ago
      Newtimes thanks a lot for loving. This is one of my most precious Micro Mosaic jewels.
    14. Agram.m Agram.m, 11 years ago
      Freitheit thanks your for looking and loving
    15. Agram.m Agram.m, 11 years ago
      BELLIN68 thanks for the many times you loved my jewelry
    16. Agram.m Agram.m, 11 years ago
      BELLIN68, thanks again the same to you!
    17. Agram.m Agram.m, 11 years ago
      Freiheit thanks for loving

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