Venetian Glass Micromosaic Mirror
Late 19th/early 20th century
The beveled oval mirror plate within a rectangular frame, the cresting depicting the Lion of St. Mark, the apron with a view of the Doge's Barge, the sides with allegorical figures of Summer and Autumn, the corners encrusted with polychrome flowers applied in relief on a gold ground.Height 43 inches (109.3 cm), width 35 1/4 inches (89.5 cm).
Interested in saving the distressed mosaics of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, a lawyer from Vicenza, Antonio Salviati, founded a firm in 1859 that developed a process for the production of mosaics. In doing so, he saved the declining fortunes of the 19th century Venetian glass-making trade, resuscitating and energizing the industry, a trend that continues to this day. This large micromosaic mirror was made in the late 19th/early 20th century and exhibits the feats of those new processes. The cresting depicts a panel with the lion emblematic of St. Mark holding an open book with the motto of Venice: PAX / TIBI / MAR / CE / EVAN / GE / LISTA / MEUS. The apron displays the Doge's Barge, the side panels depicting figures emblematic of Summer and Autumn.
C Estate of Marianne Schaller
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