Filed under: Art
Auction Central News drew my attention to a stunning micromosaic that is being auctioned off by Myers Auction Gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida as part of their January 30 European & Asian Antiques auction.
The massive piece is 32 by 59 inches and weighs more than 100 pounds. The piece is attributed to master mosaicist Cesare Roccheggiani, who was active at the Vatican workshops from 1856 to 1864. These micro mosaics were just part of the massive industry of selling art to tourists embarking on their Grand Tour of Europe but most were far smaller than this one. The piece depicts the ancient Roman Forum and since the 1920s this piece has been in the home of a Tampa businessman. When the home was sold in the 1980s, the new owners purchased the piece but now the estate artwork is up for sale.
This piece is unsigned but bears a striking resemblance to a signed work of very similar size and subject that sold at Christie's London in December for £337,250 ($533,192) against an estimate of £100,000 - £200,000. The Auction Central News article quotes Michael Myers, founder and co-owner of Myers Auction Gallery who says that his firm believes that although unsigned it is "almost certainly the work of Roccheggiani."
It is being offered with a $100,000-$200,000 estimate. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com. Check out detailed images of this extraordinary piece here.