Published: May 31, 2022
NEW YORK CITY — It was a brave new old world at Doyle during its English And Continental Furniture and Decorative Arts sale on May 24 and 25. The life of the party was a pair of Nineteenth Century Italian micromosaic “Bacchus” and a “Bacchante” panels in the manner of Giacomo Raffaelli that more than tripled their $15/25,000 estimate to toast at $75,600, including the buyer’s preemium. Micromosaics are an ancient craft with examples excavated throughout the former Roman Empire and saw a revival beginning in the Sixteenth Century. Souvenirs like these panels were often created for the tourist trade that grew out of popularization of the Grand Tour in the Nineteenth Century. A more extensive review will appear in a later issue.
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