The central micro-mosaic plaque depicts Romulus and Remus being suckled by the she-wolf. The model is taken from a painting by Rubens which is in the Capitoline Museum.
A similar table to this one is in the Hermitage collections, also with malachite veneer and eight views of Rome with at the center a similar roundel with some variations in the landscape.
Luigi Moglia is one of the most esteemed mosaicists of all time. His workshop was located at 134 via Babuino, Rome, in 1856.
In 1851 he was awarded a gold medal at the Great Exhibition in London for his Temple of Paestum. He also exhibited there two versions of The Pantheon, as well as The Colosseum, Temple of Sibyl at Tivoli, Square at St. Peter's in Rome and a version of Triumph of Love, a tabletop composition after the original by Michelangelo.
Some of Moglia's pieces are in the Château de Compiegne, at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and in the Cincinnati Museum of Art.