LG Antique Pietra Dura Locket Frame & Easel Stand, Doves of Italy Micro Mosaic
Such a superb beauty is this one, and so difficult to find in this larger size, we're just thrilled to offer it. If you've traveled in Italy, and if you watch, you'll remember seeing something like this in an antiques center near the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, fronting the Arno, or in a shop that opens to the Piazza Navonne in Rome, or others within a short walk from that one - and the prices are all over 2000 euro ($2800), even for the smaller examples. This one would be nearer 3000 euro in those shops. I know, I watch them year after year on my travels, and I will also tell you, they buy from us. Yes, it's true. So when we have these, we always hope that some savvy traveler will see it, be thrilled to buy it so well and then take another trip on the money saved, and smile as you walk by those shops. ; ) Seriously, this is a magnificent mid-1800s marble mosaic, pietra dura in Italian, from Florence's marble artisans, and would have been most likely a Grand Tour souvenir purchased then by some fortunate early tourist/traveler. The incredible array of marble found in Italy is astounding, and we all marvel at the beauty of it in villas and churches, and all want to bring it home. The ability of those early 19th century artists working in marble mosaics such as the heavy thick plaque you see mounted here, would pick and choose the specific pieces of colored marble based on the coloration and veining in order to get just that life-like shading to leaves and florals, etc., and were truly masters at their craft. Each small piece and also the openings in the black slate marble were cut by hand with a thin-bladed saw on a large wooden bow (you can find some on display in a backstreet wander to two in Florence). Arduous work, true. And the fabulous engraved and perforated (cut away) mount into which the marble mosaic is set here is truly a work of art in its own right, as well. Extra large mounted on its easel stand, this one stands a 13" tall and is 7" widest at bottom of easel stand and has a 6" x 4.5" oval plaque, nearly an inch in thickness. These are heavy for both the thick gauge brass and also the stone. The door of this frame opens to reveal two glass-covered apertures for photos within, originally for cabinet card photos of 1870s, but now for your own favorite photos. If you honeymoon in Italy, this will be your favorite frame for a wedding portrait!
Very good to excellent condition, without any loss or damage or hairlines or cracks/chips to the marble mosaic, and no loss of dents or bends in the outer frame casing, nor to the easel stands. Easel stand is large and intact, working perfectly. The easel stand is made for use with this removable locket frame, and mounting holes guide its remounting should you find them separate when we ship it to you. Watch for another we have available, which came from the same estate, but which is being sold separately.
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