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Roman Micromosaic Table, circa 1820


Maker(s): 
Date: circa 1820
Materials/Techniques:    Black marble inlaid with micromosaic decoration, gilt-wood base probably made by Vatican workshops
Dimensions: h 32.0 "
w 20.5 "

Origin: ITALIAN
Inventory #: 622
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The central scene depicts a partial view of the Roman Forum, with the three remaining columns from the Temple of Vespasian (AD 81), the Arch of Septimius Severus, and to the right, the Temple of Saturn. The scene is encircled by a vine of shaded green leaves and flowers and the outer border is comprised of circular and oval devices in various colours.

A tabletop with similarly formed vine decoration but with a hunting scene in the center can be found in the Gilbert Collection, London, England and illustrated and discussed by Gabriel, op.at., whichislabeledfromtheStudioDelMusaico,andwasdirectly acquired from the Vatican Mosaic Workshop in 1969. It is dated to the third quarter 18th century.


Related literature
Jeanette Hanisee Gabriel, 
Micromosaics, The Gilbert Collection, Philip

Wilson Publishers, 2000, p. 137, cat. no. 75