Large Roman floral micromosaic by the Vatican Mosaic Studio

By Vatican Mosaic Workshop (Italian, opened 1727)


This magnificent micromosaic, which depicts a charming floral bouquet, was crafted in the Vatican Mosaic Workshop, one of the most important centres of mosaic production.


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This superb and unusually large micromosaic depicts a vase set atop a ledge in the Dutch seventeenth century manner. The vase is filled with a broad bloom of flowers: blossoms of pink, red, and blue intermingle with green leaves to create a wonderful array. The vase, flowers, the ledge below are set above a deep black ground, which serves to enhance the vibrancy of the colours of the bouquet. The entire composition has been wrought from exceptionally fine variegated polychrome tesserae, thousands of which have been skillfully inlaid into black marble to produce a truly spectacular work.

The micromosaic is contained within an ornate carved wood frame.

The reverse of the frame is affixed with a worn sticker which details various aspects of its provenance. The piece was produced by the Vatican Mosaic Workshop or Studio. This Workshop, which was established formally in 1727, not only functioned as the centre of restoration of antique mosaics held by the Vatican, but also served as an atelier where artisans produced pieces, often for purchase by well-heeled Grand Tourists. The present piece is an excellent example of the craft.

Frame: Height 57cm, width 46cm, depth 6cm
Plaque: Height 46cm, width 34cm, depth 0.5cm


Artist / Maker
By Vatican Mosaic Workshop (Italian, opened 1727)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
c. 1870
19th Century
Floral, Still life
Marble, Micro-mosaic, Wood
Black, Gold, Multi-coloured


57 cm / 22.4 inches
46 cm / 18.1 inches
6 cm / 2.4 inches


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