Cloak pin, with micromosaic head

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probably made in Italy

Postcard of Cloak pin, with micromosaic head.
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Cloak pin, with micromosaic head

This cloak pin with micromosaic head was probably made in Italy in the mid 19th century.

Gold cloak pin with oval mosaic head: probably Italian, mid 19th century

Micromosaics are built up of hundreds or thousands of minute tessarae - cubes or chips - of coloured glass. They were developed by mosaicists employed by the Vatican Mosaic Workshop who began to fear for their jobs as orders for large-scale mosaics began to dry up in the 1750s. The credit for their invention is generally given to Giacomo Raffaelli (1753-1836), an employee of the Vatican Workshop. He exhibited his work in his private studio in the Piazza di Spagna in 1775. A later guidebook reveals that there were at least twenty mosaic workshops in the vicinity of the Piazza around 1873-4, all frequented by tourists.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-093-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1965.890
Date: Mid 19th century
Material: Gold
What: Pin, cloak
Subject: Jewellery : Costume accessories
Where: Italy
  • Evans, G. Souvenirs From Roman Times to the Present Day. Edinburgh: NMS Publishing Ltd, 1999, p 26. 
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