H: 4 in / 9.5 cm | Dia: 6 in / 15 cmDescription
A Ladies Sewing Casket fitted with a Micro-Mosaic
By Cesare Roccheggiani of Rome
Of elliptical form, constructed in gilt bronze, rising from swept feet, the body dressed with stylised floral enamelled plaques, the hinged, rising top having a fine micro-mosaic of the Colosseum, with figures to the foreground; the red quilted interior having the maker's name in gilt, 'C. Rocchegianni Roma'.
Rome, Circa 1870
Cesare Roccheggiani is recorded as working at the Vatican Mosaic Workshops (est 1576) between 1856-1864. Examples of his work may be seen at the Victoria & Albert Museum London, in The Gilbert Collection.REF No. 8630