A George IV 18 Carat gold & Micromosaic box

ALEXANDER JAMES STRACHAN (worked from 1799)

A George IV 18 Carat gold & Micromosaic box

1827 United Kingdom

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A George IV 18ct Gold Box with Italian Micromosaic, London 1827, Makers mark of A.J. Strachan.
The mosaic attributed to Antonio Agutti, Rome depicting ‘Tawny’ the 6th Duke of Devonshire’s spaniel, the rectangular micromoasic panel to the cover depicting the black and brown spaniel lying with head up facing to the left, in a grassy landscape with bluish hills far left and trees beyond, right, gold lappet border, the box with slightly rounded corners, allover engine turned with a wavy line pattern.
The mosaic composition is based on a painting by Johann Wenzel Peter of ‘Tawny’, a spaniel belonging to William, 6th Duke of Devonshire, who had journeyed to Italy in 1819. Although the painting was sent to England, Peter evidently kept studies which were subsequently used by several Roman mosaicists as compositional source.
Excellent
Dimensions
Width 8.50 cm (3.35 inches)
Stock Code
22356.1
Medium
Gold & Micromosaic
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