Art Nouveau Italian Micro-Mosaic Circular Frame
A lovely circular micro-mosaic frame made in Italy circa 1910. This floral mosaic frame features laborious hand-work, with micro or tiny pieces of tesserae (opaque vitreous glass) that are individually laid with tweezers to form a pattern. White flowers alternate with yellow-orange flowers; rows of leaves in a variety of greens create the border of this photo-frame. The frame comes with the original hand-cut glass that is in great condition. The frame has a back that supports the frame upright and two circular feet that stabilize it. the hand-work found on this frame is quite charming and unique as this art-form is not practiced so frequently anymore. The hundreds of tiny pieces of mosaic glass that have been so exquisitely placed into this arrangement make this a painstaking and beautiful art form. This form of mosaic art originated in the Far East and Macedonia where mosaics were made out of pebbles and shells. Through archeological discoveries and travel this art form became popular in Europe and Italy- and this art inspired the micro-mosaic, which began being practiced in the late 18th Century in Rome.
This piece measures 2.5 inches in diameter. It is from the turn of the century, at a time when nature inspired many of the designs of objects that surrounded people's daily lives, from jewelry to architecture.
A pair of the micro-mosaic frames in different sizes is available, please contact the store for further details.
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