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

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.

Bibliography

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 4th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 270, ill.

Fusco, Peter. Summary Catalogue of European Sculpture in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 24, ill.

Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Decorative Arts (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), pp. 114-15, no. 91.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 268, ill.