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Lot 424 : £5,100

A 19th Century micromosaic attributed to Antonio Aguatti (d 1846) depicting a procession with Apollo in his Celestial chariot preceded by Dawn (Aurora) bringing light to the world surrounded by supporters, after the fresco by Guidi Reni (1575 - 1642) all in fine tesserae and mounted within a rectangular frame width of mosaic is 7.2cm x height 3.8cm. Notes: This fresco is in the Pallavicini-Rospigliosi Palace in Piazza Monte Cavallo, Rome. The 19th Century writer Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864) relayed his impressions to his wife in 1858 'we went into a large room on the ground floor and looking up beheld Guidos Aurora. The picture is as fresh and brilliant as if he had painted it with the morning sunshine which it represents'. This depiction in micromosaics is not a common theme, three are known in private collections and another is in the Hammond Museum New York State

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Nicholas Davies - Director
Silver, Jewellery and Militaria

Over the last 30 years Nick has been involved within the Antique Trade. Founding Fieldings in 2001 the company has grown into a major provincial auction house. Nick has seen a wide variety of items during his career from a South Africa Rorke’s Drift Medal, which sold for £39,500 to the iconic Athena tennis dress and racket purchased by Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club from Fieldings in 2015.

Sold for £5,100 hammer