Paolo Spagna (Rome, 1736-1788),Gilt Bronze Frame, cm 78.5 x 58
The oval mosaic with small tesserae executed with extreme care, is contained in a copper mount with, on the back, the engraved signature of VINCENTIUS CASTELLINI. ROM. FECIT, the whole in turn enclosed in a rich gilt bronze frame. This is composed of several orders of vegetative motifs enriched by others with beading. Above, the coat of arms of Pius VI Braschi (1775 – 1799) and flanked by two winged sirens and supported by cornucopias. Four cherubs, gracefully gesticulating, are set either side of the Pope’s coat of arms.
over 50.000 €