South African Art, Jewellery and Decorative Arts

Including The Professor Walter Beck Collection of Chinese Works of Art, Ceramics, Japanese Cloisonné, Glass and Books

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Lot 235

Italian micro mosaic plaque, Luigi Cavaliere Moglia (fl1823-1878)
rectangular black marble with canted corners, the micro mosaic depicting a seated spaniel, the reverse with mother-of-pearl, signed with initials L M, 4.2cm wide

Sold for R 13 000
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 14 482

Estimate R 15 000 - 20 000


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Luigi Moglia became one of the most esteemed mosaicists in Rome.   His workshop was located in 1856 at 134 via Babuino, Rome, subsequently moving to 42 via de Cestari in 1878.   Among his earliest known works is a portrait miniature of Pope Gregory XVI (1831-1846), now in the Hermitage, St Petersburg.   Moglia was awarded a gold medal at the Great Exhibition in London 1851 for his Temple of Paestum.   There are two further examples of his work in The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection now in the Victoria and Albert Museum.



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