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A mosaic panel of a chaffinch pecking at a leafy branch, Roman, late 18th Century.

This small panel measuring 19 x 20.5cm was most probably purchased by Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter. It was also most probably by the noted Roman mosaicist Cesare Aguatti, from whom the earl acquired several other micro mosaics. An account accompanying a letter of 11th March 1775 from Thomas Jenkins, the dealer who secured other mosaics in the collection for the earl, mentions a payment of £50 ‘to Cesare Aguatti For Another Mosaick’ for which there are no other candidates. Jenkins, who acted for several Grand Tourists, considered that Aguatti ‘was certainly the best workman that ever was in Mosaick’.


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