• Spanish Splendour  - The Colle auction at Christies

    Sale 7818

    Spanish Splendour - The Collection of a Marqués

    5 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 51

    AN ITALIAN ALABASTRO A PECORELLA TOP ON A LACQUERED BRASS BASE

    THE TOP ROMAN, CIRCA 1750, THE BASE BY MAISON JANSEN, CIRCA 1950-60

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    AN ITALIAN ALABASTRO A PECORELLA TOP ON A LACQUERED BRASS BASE
    THE TOP ROMAN, CIRCA 1750, THE BASE BY MAISON JANSEN, CIRCA 1950-60
    The veneered top with ormolu border, on faceted legs with bun feet
    17 in. (43 cm.) high; 60 in. (153 cm.) wide; 29 in. (74 cm.) deep


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    This beautiful and vigorously figured Roman marble top with its 18th Century ormolu border is typical of the Grand Tour fashion for reproducing and embellishing Antique objects and works of art. The marble itself could have been re-used from an ancient monument and would have adorned the top of a commode or table. The faceted legs were added by the Jansen bronze-workers and used as a glamourous low table in one of their most celebrated projets.

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