27 August 2015

Micro Mosaic Jewellery

While on the lookout for interesting jewellery pieces for a recent magazine photo shoot, we spotted beautiful micro mosaic jewellery and instantly fell in love with these awe-inspiring mini-masterpieces. 

The term micro mosaic, coined by British-born businessmen and collector Sir Arthur Gilbert, referred to Roman mosaics created from tiny fragments of glass called tesserae. These intricately crafted pieces depicted ancient Italian historical sites, as well as animal, bird, insect and floral motifs with incredible realism.  Mosaics were made into small oval or circular plaques cemented to a glass, stone, or metal background and incorporated into brooches, pins, pendants, necklaces, earrings, and rings. Many of these pieces were sold as souvenirs during the Grand Tour Era and the wealthiest tourists would even commission their own mosaics. Despite their popularity, micro mosaic jewellery was rarely mentioned in the jewellery design reports of their time, sadly indicating the lack of appreciation for the precision and tremendous level of workmanship required to create these magnificent pieces. The early 20th century saw the downfall of this form of art, with the higher quality micro mosaic jewellery ceasing to be made. 

Micro mosaic jewellery is a true work of art and finer quality pieces are rare to find.  We are delighted to have found some wonderful pieces at Grays. Here are our favourites: 

18ct gold Victorian micro mosaic bulla pendant set in 18ct, Etruscan style made in Italy.
Offered by The Antique Jewellery Company
Silver gilt micro mosaic Victorian pendant, made in Italy.
Offered by The Antique Jewellery Company

18ct gold Victorian micro mosaic brooch set into a blue glass surround, made in Italy.
Offered by The Antique Jewellery Company
Italian c.1810 micro mosaic plaque of a crane, in original gold surround.
Offered by Peter Szuhay

14 August 2015

International Ebola Recovery Conference

Kamba Fine Art is a gallery based in Grays devoted to the development of contemporary art in non-Western nations, and supports emerging and established African talent, giving them a platform for their work.

This year Kamba Gallery have been invited by the Sierra Leone High Commission to attend the International Ebola Recovery Conference in New York on 24th of October  2015. Kamba will be raising funds for the victims of the Ebola crisis by showing a series of unique art pieces created by 20 prominent African artists. The gallery have commissioned 40 works to be created for the auction in reaction to the Ebola crisis, after the conference they will be generously donated to areas that have been affected by the Ebola outbreak. These pieces will be placed in hospitals, schools, museums and national parks.

This will be Kamba Gallery's second visit to the UN after participating in the UN’s 70th Anniversary in July last year. In conjunction to this event in New York, the gallery is also planning to hold an auction in London to help raise money for the Sierra Leone based charities, Street Child and Excel. Before their trip to the UN, Kamba Gallery will hold an exhibition in London at Gallery 8 which will take place 23 - 30 September, 2015.

For more information on the International Ebola Recovery Conference or the auction visit the Kamba Fine Art website or see below for a selection of works that will be available at auction.

Bunmi Babatunde - Survivor’s Rhapsody 1, 1989. Cold cast.

Damilola Odusote - Protector, 2015. Acrylic on canvas.
Francis Uduh - S.O.S 1, 2012. Cold cast fiberglass.

Duke Asid - Friends, 2015. Oil on canvas.

Emeka Nwagbara - Together We Overcome, 2015. Oil on canvas.

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