A LARGE ITALIAN MICROMOSAIC FLORAL OVAL PANEL, ROME CIRCA 1870
A LARGE ITALIAN MICROMOSAIC FLORAL OVAL PANEL, ROME CIRCA 1870
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PROPERTY FROM THE ROSALINDE AND ARTHUR GILBERT COLLECTION

A LARGE ITALIAN MICROMOSAIC FLORAL OVAL PANEL, ROME CIRCA 1870

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP

PROPERTY FROM THE ROSALINDE AND ARTHUR GILBERT COLLECTION

A LARGE ITALIAN MICROMOSAIC FLORAL OVAL PANEL, ROME CIRCA 1870

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Lot Sold:47,500GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property From The Rosalinde And Arthur Gilbert Collection

A LARGE ITALIAN MICROMOSAIC FLORAL OVAL PANEL, ROME CIRCA 1870


depicting a vase with Greek style figures with flowers against a black ground

without frame: 80cm. high, 61cm. wide

with frame: 101cm. high, 82.5cm. wide, 11.5cm. deep; 3ft. 3 3/4 in., 2ft. 8 1/2 in., 4 1/2 in.


Condition Report

The panel is in very good condition. With inv no 1996.282.2 at the back of the frame, and at the back of the micromosaic ‘104 JC’. The frame with some breaks and cracks, some of which have been repaired. Minor chipping and losses to gilding. The micromosaic with minor scratches. Evidence of an old woodworm activity which no longer appears to be active. 


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Saleroom Notice

Please note that this lot will be sent to the warehouse after the sale.

Cataloguing

Provenance

Dr Al Berman, Spring Valley, New York, 1971.

Exhibited

Gilbert Collection, Permanent Display, Somerset House, London, 2000-2007.

Literature

C. Avery, assisted by Arthur Emperatori, Mosaics from the Gilbert Collection: summary catalogue, ex. cat., Victoria & Albert Museum. London, 1975, cat. no. 29, p.5.

J. H. Gabriel, with contributions by Anna Maria Massinelli and essays by Judy Rudoe and Massimo Alfieri, Micromosaics: The Gilbert Collection, London, 2000, cat. no. 94, p. 162.

A. González-Palacios, and Steffi Röttgen with essays by Steffi Röttgen, Claudia Przyborowski; essays and new catalogue material translated by Alla Theodora Hall, The Art of Mosaics: Selections from the Gilbert Collection, Los Angeles, 1982, cat. no. 99., p.204.

Catalogue Note

When describing this panel, the renowned micromosaics expert Jeannette Gabriel wrote in the Gilbert catalogue, "One does not often find floral still-life mosaics of this size and complexity of execution." The size of the present panel is indeed rare and its visual quality, emulating oil paintings, is a remarkable achievement. The same author, referring to floral still life panels, states that "their naturalistic execution would have been among the most difficult challenges for a mosaicist" (Gabriel, 2016, p.65). The best Roman mosaicists such as Barberi workshop and particularly Federico Campanili, distinguished themselves in this particular genre. 


An almost identical panel was sold Christie's New York, 19 October 2011, lot 28 ($86,500). Another close example of smaller scale sold Christie's London, 24 May 2018, lot 661 (£25,000).

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