AN ITALIAN MICROMOSAIC TABLE, ROME CIRCA 1825-1850
AN ITALIAN MICROMOSAIC TABLE, ROME CIRCA 1825-1850
AN ITALIAN MICROMOSAIC TABLE, ROME CIRCA 1825-1850
AN ITALIAN MICROMOSAIC TABLE, ROME CIRCA 1825-1850
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PROPERTY FROM THE ROSALINDE AND ARTHUR GILBERT COLLECTION

AN ITALIAN MICROMOSAIC TABLE, ROME CIRCA 1825-1850

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP

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PROPERTY FROM THE ROSALINDE AND ARTHUR GILBERT COLLECTION

AN ITALIAN MICROMOSAIC TABLE, ROME CIRCA 1825-1850

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Lot Sold:43,750GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property From The Rosalinde And Arthur Gilbert Collection

AN ITALIAN MICROMOSAIC TABLE, ROME CIRCA 1825-1850


depicting a basket of flowers with two white doves, on a later associated carved giltwood table

76.5cm. high, 106cm. diameter; 2ft. 6⅛in., 3ft. 5¾in.


Condition Report

In overall good condition. Minor scratches to top. One visible scratch to bottom just below the right handside of the basket, as visible in the catalogue image.

The base with minor chipping, scratches and losses to gilding. Old repairs to breaks. Stretcher which makes it not stable enough to take the weight of the top and in need of a professional restoration.

Ready to place.

stand: 76.5cm. high, 106cm. diameter

table top: 3cm. high, 101cm. diameter


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Cataloguing

Provenance

Herbert Trigger, New York, 1969;

Property from the Estate of Ethan Ayer, Cambridge, Massachusetts;

Sotheby's New York, 12 October 1988, lot 172.

Exhibited

Gilbert Collection, Permanent Display, Somerset House, London, 2000-2007.

Literature

J. H. Gabriel, with contributions by Anna Maria Massinelli and essays by Judy Rudoe and Massimo Alfieri, Micromosaics: The Gilbert Collection, London, 2000, cat. no. 71, p. 133.

A. González-Palacios, The Art of Mosaics: Selections from the Gilbert Collection, Los Angeles, 1977, cat. no. 72, pp.106-107.

A. González-Palacios, and Steffi Röttgen with essays by Steffi Röttgen, Claudia Przyborowski; essays and new catalogue material translated by Alla Theodora Hall, The Art of Mosaics: Selections from the Gilbert Collection, Los Angeles, 1982, cat. no. 79., p.179.

A. C. Sherman, edited by M. Barbara Scheibel, The Gilbert Mosaic Collection, West Haven, 1971, cat. no. XXIII, p.47.

Catalogue Note

The subject of this panel is inspired by ancient mosaics, namely a floor depicting a basket of flowers in the Pio Clementino Museum of Vatican (inv. no. MC0402). The celebrated Roman mosaic, Doves of Pliny, excavated from Hadrian's villa in Tivoli in 1737, is a recurrent motif in 19th century mosaics and might also have provided inspiration for the motif of the present lot. An obvious symbol of love as the spring of life, doves, together with the basket of flowers, are meticulously executed: the light effects and contrasting vibrant colours against the Belgian black marble top create an enchanting trompe l’oeil. An almost identical tabletop is illustrated in C. Payne, European Furniture of the 19th century, 2013, p.478.

STONE: Marble and Hardstones
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