The round tortoiseshell tobacco box with a pull-off
lid centering a fine glass-covered oval micro-mosaic depicting a
round tower with buttresses and embattlements, on a square
embankment, water possibly at the base, set within a
rectangular gilt frame* (not tested due to
glass covering) with anthemion inner rim within four carved foliate
spandrels on a stippled ground, all within a gold half-round mount (the
mount tested at 22-24K)
is very much like a castle, an emblem
of grandeur and of
It is also a symbol of
The term 'micromosaic' is used to describe
mosaics made of the minuscule pieces in a glass-like material
called smalti (it. enamels). Some
micromosaics contain more than 5000 pieces per square inch.
First developed in the eighteenth century,
micromosaics were particularly fashionable in Neoclassical times.
Condition : Excellent; the upper left corner of the glass with a
small stable crack;
minor nicks and small scratches appropriate to age and usage;
several dents to the half-round mount.
* The gilt frame beneath the glass has been inspected through a
loupe by a jeweler.
Due to the glass covering, it could not be tested.
likely gilt bronze, and priced accordingly.
Diameter x .75” High