Micromosaic set in Silver-Gilt Filigree
The Victoria & Albert Museum
From the 1820s to the 1890s, micromosaic panels of colored glass were popular souvenirs brought back by tourists to Rome. The panels were often set as jewelry, into the lids of boxes, into decorative items, or even into pieces of furniture.
Here we see such a micromosaic piece which was brought back from Italy to England by a tourist between 1820 and 1830. The octagonal Roman panel of a bird (maybe a pheasant) is comprised of tesserae (small pieces of glass) and was set into a brooch of silver-gilt filigree. The silver-gilt resembles volutes of string in a style which was quite fashionable in the late 1820s.
The piece forms part of the collection of Dame Joan Evans.