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AN ITALIAN WHITE MARBLE CENTRE TABLE
AN ITALIAN WHITE MARBLE CENTRE TABLE
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AN ITALIAN WHITE MARBLE CENTRE TABLE

AFTER THE ANTIQUE, CIRCA 1895

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AN ITALIAN WHITE MARBLE CENTRE TABLE
AFTER THE ANTIQUE, CIRCA 1895
The circular top with an egg and dart card frieze, atop three lion monopedia supports on spreading rectangular block feet
38 ½ in. (97.5 cm.) high; 38 1/3 in. (97.5 cm.) diameter
Provenance
The Principal Contents of North Mymms Park, Sworders, 18 April 2018, lot 544.

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Lot Essay

This marble table on ‘trapezophoron’ lion legs derives from Roman antiquity. There is a marble support for a Roman table composed of a lion head and claw in the Vatican. The direct stylistic antecedent is a table unearthed in the peristylium of the Casa dei Vettii, a Roman townhouse in Pompeii, which was excavated between 1894 and 1896.

These side tables were known as mensae vasariae and were used for the display of vases, lamps, etc. Antique sculpture and works of art found in Pompeii where copied by the Neapolitan artistic foundries and a similar marble described as ‘table ronde en marbre – Pompéi (Maison de Vittii)’ is illustrated in the catalogue of J. Chiurazzi & Fils – S. De Angelis & Fils, Fonderie Artistiche Riunite, Naples, p. 449

Until recently this table was in the loggia at North Mymms Park, Hertfordshire. The cool marble loggia, with its vaulted mosaic ceiling and ornate bronze door, is all that remains of substantial additions made to North Mymms after it was bought in 1893 by of Walter Hayes Burns (d. 1897) and his wife, Mary Lyman (d. 1919). Mary and her brother, J.P. Morgan (John Pierpont), the American financier and banker, often travelled together in Europe purchasing works of art, and it is possible that on one such trip this table was bought and came to North Mymms Park.


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