29/03/2023 General News
An early 19th Century large Italian micro-mosaic panel is just one of the treasures to go under the hammer at our Antiques Sale on 5 April.
Measuring 23cm by 30cm, the exquisite panel depicts the Temple of Vesta and is so finely detailed that, at first glance, it looks like an actual painting. It is mounted in an ornate gilt frame that measures 45.5cm by 53cm and carries a guide price of £5,000 - £7,000.
The Temple of Vesta was an ancient Roman shrine dedicated to the goddess of the hearth, the remains of which are found in the southeast of the Roman Forum besides the Atrium Vestae.
Serving as the temple of the Vestal Virgins - the priestesses dedicated to Vesta - the Temple of Vesta housed an eternal flame, representing the Roman state's everlasting nature. If the flame were extinguished, this would indicate bad fortunes for Rome.
The micro-mosaic panel was discovered by experts at a valuation day in the North-West, which goes to show that it is always worth seeking an expert valuation. Details of our forthcoming valuation events can be found on