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Micromosaic Brooch

1933.279 (RS260775)


Rectangular micromosaic brooch depicting St. Peter's Basilica, "The Witness" obelisk, Moderno's fountains and groups of figures, all set in black glass with gold mount, gold hinged pin and hook on reverse.


Kitching & Abud (Retailer)
ca. 1850
Associated Building
St. Peter's Basilica.
glass (material)
gold (metal)
tesserae (mosaic components)
Object type
Clothing; Clothing Accessories
Descriptive terms
Classical Revival (European revival style)
glass (material)
gold (metal)
Pin, Clothing
pins (jewelry)
tesserae (mosaic components)
1 9/16 x 1 7/8 x 3/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Elizabeth G. Norton
Exhibition Notes
"Hidden Treasures from Elegant Eras," Historic Jewelry from the Collections of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities presented by Shreve, Crump & Low, September 15 - November 30, 1995. "Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at
Reference Notes
For more information on mosaic jewelry, see: Becker, Vivienne, "Antique and 20th Century Jewellery," (1989): 155-166; Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," (1991): 232-237; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 239-245; Gere, Charlotte, "American & European Jewelry, 1830-1914," (1975): 126-128; Phillips, Clare, "Jewels and Jewelry," (2000): 74-75.
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