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    Sale 1940

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    25 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 381

    A FINE ROMAN MICROMOSAIC TABLE-TOP

    BY AGOSTINO FRANCESCANGELI, ROME, DATED 1831

    Price Realised  

    A FINE ROMAN MICROMOSAIC TABLE-TOP
    BY AGOSTINO FRANCESCANGELI, ROME, DATED 1831
    Centred by a pair of winged putti astride a mythological beast-driven chariot and hoarding the wares of the gods, surrounded by a oak-leaf border and rouge marble banding, signed OPUS AUGUSTINI FRANCESCANGELI ROMA/MDCCCXXXI
    40 3/8 in. (102 cm.) diameter


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    A contemporary of renowned mosaicist Luigi Barberi, Francescangeli is recorded as being active in Rome during the first half of the 19th century and produced mosaics from a workshop located at via del Babuino in Rome.

    A similar micromosaic table-top dated 1810, also depicting a putto-driven chariot and attributed to Antonio Aguatti, is illustrated in J. Gabriel, The Gilbert Collection Micromosaics, London, 2000, p. 77.