A pair of Roman micro-mosaic panels, ‘The Coliseum’ and ‘The Temple of Vesta’, signed Cesare Aguatti (Aguozzi) Romano, 1774.

Purchased by Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter in Rome in 1775 through the antiquarian Thomas Jenkins. Such miniature mosaics were a favourite Grand Tour purchase and Aguatti was especially celebrated for this technique. A letter to the Earl from Rome, dated March 11th 1775, from Thomas Jenkins, who acted as an agent for several Grand Tourists, comments that Aguatti was certainly the best workman that ever was in Mosaick’.


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