A miniature micro mosaic brooch from the Victorian era, c1860! The intricate piece comprises of tiny micro mosaic (aka glass tesserae tiles) painstakingly placed together to depict ancient Roman ruins. The Italian Roman ruins scene represents the temple of Vespasian and Titus in the foreground dominating the scene, and the Arch of Septimus Severus visible to the right hand side and the Temple of Saturn to the left. The micro mosaic scene rests in green obsidian glass with a plain silver frame and original pin and c-loop attached to the back.
Wearing micro mosaic jewellery became fashionable especially during the Grand Tour period (17th-19th Century). Members of wealthy European families would travel around Europe, taking in the sights and cultures of different countries. Italy was a favourite tourist destination as it had a prestigious history in arts and culture, and ruins from the great Roman civilization! It was also a famous glass producer, and Italian craftsmen quickly turned their glass-making skills to making stunning miniature micro mosaics for their rich visitors.
A charming example of 19th century Grand Tour micro mosaic jewelry, this wonderful brooch would make a perfect addition to any micro mosaic collection!