A Fine Micromosaic and Gilt-Bronze Table
A Fine Micromosaic and Gilt-Bronze Table. The circular black marble top inset with a central roundel of St. Peters Basilica finely executed in mircomosaic...
DimensionsHeight: 81 cm (32 in)
Diameter: 61 cm (25 in)
A Fine Micromosaic and Gilt-Bronze Table.
The circular black marble top inset with a central roundel of St. Peters Basilica finely executed in mircomosaic and within a malachite veneered circular border. Surrounded by oval roundels of Roman monuments; the Pantheon, the Caecillia Metella, the Temple of Vesta, the Roman Forum, the Capitoline Hill and the Coliseum. The table base in fine gilt-bronze with three spiral form legs joined by husk-chains. The three hoof feet joined by a stretcher with central urn. Raised on a triangular foot with brass castors.
Italy, Circa 1870.
The art of mosaic reached its highpoint in Rome during the nineteenth century when strands of glass were made in a limitless palette of colours and cut into miniscule tesserae called ‘smalti’. These minute tiles would be handled with pincers, like those with which diamonds are taken up, and placed into a marble or metal tray filled with plaster. Once positioned the surfaces is polished and filled between with coloured wax. For the design of table tops, views of Rome, flora and fauna and classical iconography are popular. The micromosaic panels are often surrounded by marble, as in the present example. Most desirable in the subject of micromosaics are the Italian monuments, such as those magnificently executed on this tabletop.