Whats It Worth? The Maximum Impact Of Micro Mosaic Art

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Micromosaic art has been around for centuries. Its heyday was between the 1870s and 1920s when some extraordinary pieces were made. Every piece here is in our current inventory at Old Northeast.

Micromosaic is an ancient art that is painstakingly crafted by hand with tiny pieces of glass called tesserae. All these creations were purchased by us in the last seven days.

Valuation depends on how tiny the tiles are, and how fine the workmanship, the frame and the subject matter. Typical subject matter includes insects, ancient Italian and Greek architecture, and occasionally figurative art. These are highly sought after by collectors, and though pricing is softer than it’s been in the past, they still command a big premium. Insect motifs typically bring $1,000-$1,500 wholesale and $2,500-$3,500 retail. Scenes like the Roman ruins, upper right, usually are a bit less expensive. Some belt buckles are made of non-precious metal and are only worth a few hundred dollars. The piece in the center is extraordinary and sold for $5,000.

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