Sale 18837
Gold Boxes: Micromosaic Boxes and Jewellery
Online 29 November - 5 December

Mosaics have been created on the Italian peninsula for nearly two millennia. Micromosaics use many hundreds or sometimes thousands, of tesserae or smalti, small pieces of coloured glass cut from oven-baked rods, arranged to form an image. By the middle of the 18th century, technological advances permitted the realization of miniscule tesserae which, in turn, enabled artisans to create painstakingly detailed and exquisitely rendered works. Immensely popular with Grand Tourists, fine micromosaics were created in numerous sizes, from small plaques made to be incorporated into elaborate jewellery and gold boxes, to framed panels designed to be hung in galleries. Roman artisans such as Giacomo Raffaelli, Luigi Moglia and Antonio Aguatti, their workshops based around the Spanish Steps, created micromosaics representing artistic masterpieces from the antique to the contemporary, with subjects including views of ancient Rome, portraits, still lives and animals, many of examples of which can be found in this collection.

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Viewing
London, 8 King Street
St. James 's
29 Nov, 9am - 4:30pm 30 Nov, 12pm - 5pm
1 Dec, 12pm - 5pm
2 Dec, 9am - 4:30pm
3 Dec, 9am - 4:30pm
4 Dec, 9am - 4:30pm
5 Dec, 9am - 12pm


Bidding
29 Nov - 5 Dec 2019
(closing on 5 Dec at 2pm GMT)

Contacts
David McLachlan
Head of Gold Boxes
dmclachlan@christies.com
Tel: +44 (0)20 7389 2650

Isabelle Cartier-Stone
Specialist
icartier-stone@christies.com
Tel: +44 (0)20 7389 2898

Nicola Chan
Sale Coordinator
nchan@christies.com
Tel: +44 (0)20 7752 3232
Unless indicated, all prices listed below are an estimate
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All lots in this sale are offered by Christie Manson & Woods Ltd