Table with Supports in the Form of Winged Rams

Object Details

Title:

Table with Supports in the Form of Winged Rams

Artist/Maker(s):

After a design by Francesco Antonio Franzoni (Italian, 1734 - 1818)

Culture:

Italian

Place(s):

Rome, Lazio, Italy (Place created)

Date:

late 1800s or 1900s

Medium:

Medicean breccia and white marble

Dimensions:

100.3 x 200.7 x 81.3 cm (39 1/2 x 79 x 32 in.)

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Probably intended to display bronzes or other works of art in a private sculpture gallery, this table is a beautifully conceived work in the Neoclassical style. Classical motifs such as winged ram's heads and swags of laurel leaves have been imaginatively combined for the pier supports, which stand on elegantly formed plinths. They support a top made of an extraordinarily large and thick slab of breccia Medicea marble, a spectacular specimen displaying purple, red, and white chunks of stone obtained from a quarry operated by the Medici family in the Apuan Alps.