Cesare Roccheggiani’s micromosaic of Rome
Cesare Roccheggiani’s micromosaic of Rome is a 19th century micromosaic artwork attributed to Italian master-mosaicist Ceasare Roccheggiani. It sold for $379,500 at a Myers Auction Gallery sale in January 2011.
Cesare Roccheggiani was a master-mosaicist who was active in the Vatican workshops from 1856 to 1864.
The good condition micromosaic work depicts a panoramic view of the forum in Rome. It is thought to have been created around 1870 by Cesare Roccheggiani.
Although there is no signature, the size of the piece strongly suggests Roccheggiani was responsible.
It is formed from thousands of small pieces of differently coloured opaque glass.
The work measures 32.5 by 58.5 inches and weighs more than 100 lbs. It is supported on an iron strapped frame foundation.
It is thought that the piece was made to order for an aristocrat, possibly one making a grand tour of Europe.
A similar piece, signed by Roccheggiani, sold for more than $500,000 at Christie’s in December 2010.
The work resided for almost 90 years above the mantelpiece of a home in Florida, US.
The work was bought by a US telephone bidder for $379,500 at a Myers Auction Gallery sale in January 2011. It attracted considerable worldwide interest, ensuring it far exceeded its $100,000 - $200,000 estimate.