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Table with Supports in the Form of Winged Rams
After a design by Francesco Antonio Franzoni (Italian, 1734 - 1818)
Rome, Lazio, Italy (Place created)
late 1800s or 1900s
Medicean breccia and white marble
100.3 x 200.7 x 81.3 cm (39 1/2 x 79 x 32 in.)
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.