01-07-2011 01-08-2011
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2532B Boston
January 7, 2011 06:00 PMCalender

Italian Micromosaic Tabletop on Wrought Iron Base

Auction: European Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2532B Location: Boston Date / Time: January 08, 2011 10:00AM


Italian Micromosaic Tabletop on Wrought Iron Base, the round tabletop finely inlaid with central roundel depicting the Doves of Pliny, encircled with eight panels of various scenes of Rome including St. Peters square, the Colosseum, and the Forum, all within malachite band and border of sections of specimen stone, set onto Renaissance Revival wrought iron base with four scrolled legs joined by serpentine stretchers and ending in paw feet, glass-topped, dia. 26 1/2, ht. 20 1/4 in.
Estimate $5,000-7,000

This table has been used outdoors, and has sustained water damage in the form of some spots of lifting to the micromosaics, and lines of lifting/corrosion of the masonry compound seeping through the tesserae (at central Dove roundel, and to several of the surrounding scenic panels). The Dove panel also shows some light surface chipping to the slate background. There are currently few, if any, losses to the tesserae. There are some loose edging pieces to the pietra dura outer perimeter, and some edge chips. The tabletop is covered over by a glass surface.


St. Peters square, Freemasonry