A micromosaic and specimen inlaid table
Lot 5540W
An important large Italian pietra dura and micromosaic table top depicting scenes of Rome
mid-19th century
Sold for US$ 82,960 inc. premium

Lot Details
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An important large Italian pietra dura and micromosaic table top depicting scenes of Rome
mid-19th century
The central panel depicting Saint Peter's square within radiating scrolls of specimen marbles, the outer border inlaid with twenty four micromosaic scenes of Rome and beyond, including the Arch of Janus, the Trevi Frountain, Piazza Novona, Tomb of Caecila Metella, Basilica of Constantine, Capitoline Hill, Temple of the Sibyl, Arch of Titus, the Forum, the Pantheon, Castel Sant'Angelo, Arch of Septimus Severus, the Colosseum, Temple of Saturn, Temple of Antonius Faustina, Temple of Hercules Victor, Portico di Consentes, Arch of Constantine, and the Temple of Vesta, all within a Greek key banding raised on a 20th century Neoclassical style walnut base with tapering legs.
height of base 21in (53cm); diameter of top 46in (117cm)

Footnotes

  • The ancient technique of mosaic was revived in Europe during the 16th century after Roman antiquities, including mosaics, began to be unearthed in archaeological excavations. Techniques developed and improved, with mosaic images becoming increasingly subtle as the individual glass pieces, known as tesserae, became smaller, and the range of available color pigments grew larger. In 1588 Ferdinand de' Medici established the Grand Ducal workshop in Florence, which supported and patronized the art of hardstone mosaics. Soon craftsmen were attempting to create the perfect 'stone paintings' through the clever exploitation of the natural variations in pigment of the stones. As techniques quickly improved, the mosaics became more figurative than geometric.

    In the 18th century the glass micromosaic technique was developed in the Vatican Mosaic Workshop in Rome. The first recorded showing of the new technique, mosaico in piccolo, as it was called, was in 1775. Incredibly, there were 1,400 glass bits to the square inch. The workshop produced micromosaics depicting popular attractions of Classical Rome which were popular souveniers with the Grand Tourists of the 18th and 19th centuries.
    The offered lot is similar to a table top commissioned by Tsar Nicholas I (reigned 1825-55) depicting sites he visited on a tour of Italy. It may have been commissioned in a similar spirit, in order to commemorate an Italian trip including visits to popular Roman monuments
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