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Victorian 18ct Gold Pietra Dura Cat Brooch

263P
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A very unusual 18ct gold brooch that was made circa 1860-1880. “Pietra dura” which is italian for “Hard stone” refers to a Florentine mosaic technique that is descendant from the Roman opus sectile mosaic style. In this technique, carefully sawn pieces of gemstones are fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle to form an image. It is an incredibly painstaking process and this brooch is exceptionally fine workmanship and is in the form of a seated cat. The 18ct gold mount has applied gold thread and balls in the Etruscan Revival style that was popular at that time.

Written by Olly Gerrish

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Such a rare pussy cat all in stone!

Date & Origin

Condition

very Good

Provenance

English

Materials

Gold

Measurements

Diameter 5cm
Pietra dura diameter 3.8cm

Item Number

263P
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