SOLD: Large floral pietra dura brooch with gold frame, circa 1880


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Mosaics were a popular tourist souvenir from Italy in the 19th century. The area around Florence produced the type seen here, made from various hardstones including marble, agate and turquoise.

In contrast, Roman mosaics were fashioned from small rectangular glass rods embedded in cement. They look quite different.

The Florentine examples use larger elements which can be cut into curves. The method lends itself to charming floral arrangements, a popular subject in pietra dura mosaics.

This large example from about 1880 has a beautiful 15-carat gold deep rope link border. Subtle shading within the flowers and leaves add to its charm.

The red flower is unusual, and is sought after by collectors.


• Handmade in mixed hardstones, including turquoise, with a 15-carat yellow gold frame and a brass back
• Approximately 5.4cm (just over two inches) wide, 4.4cm (just over 1 3/4 inches) tall
• Weight is 17.7 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (the antique box is not for sale)
• Note: the antique chain and pendant are for sale separately – please get in touch if you’d like information about them

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description.

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

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