Pricing of the Mandjos enamel mosaic as
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Andrey Mandjos’ enamel mosaic is a unique
technique, a new line in art that lay mysteriously
undiscovered throughout the centuries mosaic and enamel
has been around. It’s made up of traditional materials
but has been unparalleled throughout the history of
enamel and mosaic alone.
Any evaluation of a work of art must be
made up of the two components: technical evaluation and
So, presently the price of Andrey
Mandjos’ enamel mosaic is conditioned by the two things:
I. Technical evaluation.
Estimate of the input material cost.
1. Unlike the traditional Roman smalt
mosaic (as seen in the subway halls and churches) a
regular 2-by-2 piece of which can be obtained by
breaking it accurately off a large chunk, producing a
mid-size enamel mosaic piece takes as many as 28
jeweler’s manipulations ( the number goes up to 40 in
the case of stained-glass enamel mosaic), including the
high-temperature baking of it very much like in the case
of a proper item of jewelry
in the general opinion of jewelers and experts -
critics, an enamel mosaic on much more difficult
performed by, than traditional equipment of a
2. Use of the most expensive artistic
material – hot enamel, traditionally used to beautify
riches: king’s and queen’s regalia, jewelry, awards,
weaponry, houseware and devotional articles made of
precious metals and stones
The Faberge formula metal +
hot jeweler’s enamel.
formula of Andrey Mandjos goes: metal + hot
jeweler’s enamel (in the shape of mosaic).
4. In contrast, to make high-quality
replicas of paintings on a serial basis using the more
expensive than the above-mentioned Roman Florentine
mosaic (composed of individual ornamental
stones) with which it takes on the average around
8, 000 pieces per 1 m2
while with enamel mosaic 1 m2 costs upwards
of 100, 000, meaning 1 cm2 is on the average
made up of about 10-20 pieces.
5. Many are aware of the high price of
coating a metal segment with hot enamel. Besides, not
every jeweler will be up for the job. (The price for
such service in Russia ranges between 500 and 1000
roubles, in Europe it averages ˆ20
6. The price of producing peculiar
pieces, that is extra large pieces, or micro-miniature
pieces, or stained-glass pieces, is somewhat higher
because the last two have not been made anywhere except
by Andrey Mandjos.
7. If we take the production inferior
limit for a mosaic the size of a 10-euro
note, the material alone to make just 1 cm2
of it will run up to ˆ100, the material for a 10-by-10
cm piece will amount to ˆ 10, 000, for a 20-by-25 piece
to ˆ50, 000, and 1 m2 will cost ˆ 1, 000,
000. And mind you this is just an approximate figure
8. So, according to experts and art
critics enamel mosaic is much more difficult to make
than the conventional cloisonné enamel mosaic, so here
we’re essentially talking about today’s most expensive
mosaic technique on a par with gemstone mosaic or
sometimes exceeding the latter.
salary with a traditional
salary with Enamel mosaic
Traditional enamel picture
Traditional mosaic from smalt. In scale.
100 x 120 sm
Enamel mosaic of A.Mandjos.
40 x 60 sm
Traditional mosaic Florentine. (From the
ground ornamental stones). In scale.
39 x 51 sm
II. Intellectual evaluation.
Beside the material it took to produce
the piece, its price is also inclusive of the
intellectual property coefficient which can be further
broken down into:
1. The artistic laying out of mosaic
pieces on a pattern
2. Ownership of an International RF-issued
patent, the copyright of the new kind of art drawing on
classic materials but having stayed unique, in the
meantime, throughout the history of mosaic and enamel.
Which happens, according to art critics, once in about a
3. In this particular case the making of
the works by the forefather of the art himself and owner
of an International RF-issued patent providing the
copyright of all works
4. The author’s having earned a number of
awards (orders, certificate of merit issued by the
Counselor to the RF President and a multitude of other
certificates and documents from a range of events and
exhibitions, including personally-issued certificates 5.
Presence of the author’s works in various catalogues,
e.g. the “21st century collection” issued to
mark the opening of the First National forum “Investment
into jeweler’s business and collector’s items” October,
6. The author made the Grand Prix for the
jeweler’s contest held at the “Golden Globe” exhibition.
7. Receiving a number of honorable
reviews from a host of renowned organizations and
institutions, including a batch of 700 responses from
8. The author’s having been filmed for
dozens of TV-reports and programs and dozens of media
articles about his art
9. Exclusive long-standing partnership
with the Moscow Mint and having received back in 2011 an
international priority on issuing novelty
mosaic-incrusted coins and medals
10. The preponderance of Andrey Mandjos’
brands across the realm of specialty field information.
11. 100% success at any exhibition or
Based on all this and on the growing
popularity of the new, unique art perceived by the
society as a piece of modern cultural heritage, you can
say that all of these count towards higher artistic
value of Andrey Mandjos’ works of enamel mosaic, at
least as high as several times the cost of the materials
they are made of.
And the artist’s ever growing presence in
the art and museum segments of the market is but a sign
of his works’ guaranteed liquidity, which makes them an
appealing investment for your museum collection, or a
private one for that matter.
By that reasoning, considering the works’
artistic value, the price of one output item starts at
ˆ20 per piece or ˆ200 per 1 cm2. The price of
(micro-)miniature items is somewhat higher due to the
technical difficulty of producing the mosaic pieces.
Here are examples of prices of
collector’s items made from Andrey Mandjos’ enamel
mosaic (as of 1.01.2012):
1. “The Shadow of Paganin” – 7.0
9.1 - 12, 800 y.e. (for order-worth over 6, 400 y.e.)
2. “City on the Neva, a mosaic journey
through Saint Petersburg” - 40 by 60 cm - 480, 000 y.e.
(for order-worth over 240, 000
3. “M”-ring - 1, 400 y.e. (with a
miniature, i.e. a more elaborated mosaic pattern
measuring 1 cm2 in size = 1, 200 y.e. + the
cost of the ring).
Over the 15 years, Andrey Mandjos has
arranged straightforward production of materials, so his
studio operates at the following prices:
for pictures, panels, sculptures and
other tridimensional non-jewelry laid with big mosaic
pieces, the price might be 100 per 1 cm2,
but for certain reproductions of the
author’s works using unique mosaic pieces the price may
go down to ˆ50 per 1 cm2.
Other price-influencing factors:
elaboration (level of detail) and look of the picture,
the task at hand (ornamental pattern, background,
portrait) as well as their proportion in the art work.