late c19th italian 'grand tour' souvenir marble micromosaic inlaid paperweight the doves of pliny

Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir marble micro-mosaic inlaid paper-weight "The Doves of Pliny".



Item Ref

ML 1610


Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir marble micro-mosaic inlaid paper-weight "The Doves of Pliny".
Cartouche shaped black marble ,or Belgo Nero , paperweight with intricate micro-mosaic coloured glass inlay . The design of the doves , known as the 'Capitoline Doves' or 'Doves of Pliny', comes from a Roman floor mosaic discovered in 1737 at Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli , which in turn is believed to be a copy of a lost Ancient Greek mosaic at Pegamon . The original is described by Pliny the Elder in his Natural History , completed in 77 AD.
The term 'micro-mosaic' is used to describe mosaics made of the smallest pieces of glass. Glass micro-mosaic technique developed in the C18th in the Vatican workshops , and later flourished as an industry in Rome making pieces such as this as expensive tourist momentoes.
Minor losses to a small area of one dove , but overall good original condition . Minor chip to edge of 'waisted' black marble body .
Good strong original colours.
H 4"
W 6"
D 0.75"
Italy c.1870
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Internal Ref: ML 1610


Height = 10 cm (4")
Width = 15 cm (6")
Depth = 2 cm (1")

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