A trio of beautiful roses adorn this teeny Italian box, with botanical flourishes on every side. The floral design is made of small tiles of glass glued in place by hand. Specifically known to Italy, the art of mosaic glass work is passed down for generations. Trinket boxes, decorative panels, and jewelry with this type of mosaic (often impossibly detailed with micro-sized glass pieces) gained popularity as souvenirs from Italy in the Victorian Era. This box is not that old, but was probably acquired as a memento or gift from some lucky traveler's visit Italian vaca in the late 20th Century.
Vintage gold plated metal and glass. Unmarked. Just under 1.25" wide, 7/8" tall, fits one small ring. Very good condition with no chips or missing tiles. Wear to finish as expected with age. Lid stays closed but does not latch.
Mille fiori is an Italian glass art that means a thousand flowers. Thin strands of glass are fused together to create patterned tubes that show as floral patterns when the tubes are cut. Scattered among the roses of this box are tiny blue & red mille fiori pieces.
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