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    Sale 7568

    Seven Centuries: Italian Works of Art From Palazzo Odescalchi, Rome

    8 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 465

    A RECTANGULAR BLACK PORPHYRY, GLASS AND MARBLE TABLE TOP

    ITALIAN, 12TH OR 13TH CENTURY AND LATER

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    A RECTANGULAR BLACK PORPHYRY, GLASS AND MARBLE TABLE TOP
    ITALIAN, 12TH OR 13TH CENTURY AND LATER
    The eight rectangular black porphyry panels framed by coloured glass tesserae and set within a later marble top; chips, damages, losses and restorations
    66½ in. (169 cm.) long


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    The inlaid mosaic decoration seen here is typical of the Cosmati workshops operating in Rome in the 12th and 13th centuries. The square porphyry panels surrounded by bands of mosaic decoration can be seen in the decoration of numerous Italian churches of the period including the basilica of San Lorenzo fuori le mura (see H. Decker, Italia Romanica - die hohe Kunst der romanischen Epoche in Italian, Vienna and Munich, 1958, fig. 115).

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