The J. Paul Getty Museum

Mosaic Floor Central Panel

Object Details

Title:

Mosaic Floor Central Panel

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Gallo-Roman

Places:

Saint-Romain-en-Gal, France (Place Created)

Property of C. Grange, Saint-Romain-en-Gal, France (Place Found)

Date:

A.D. 150–200

Medium:

Stone and glass

Object Number:

62.AH.2.13

Dimensions:

186 × 189 cm (73 1/4 × 74 7/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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Object Description

Central panel (emblema) of a floor mosaic (E on plan); composed of a hexagon inscribed within a double strand guilloche circle, within a square. The hexagon contains the figure of Orpheus surrounded by six reclining animals, each set within an hexagon. The four corners of the square contain representations of the Four Seasons.

Provenance
Provenance
1899

Found: Property of C. Grange, Saint-Romain-en-Gal, France (first recorded in Bizot 1899)

by 1899 - 1911

C. Grange, French, found in 1899 but immediately reburied. C. Grange sold the right to excavate and lift the mosaics to Albert Vassy and Claudius Guy, 1911.

1911 - still in 1913

Albert Vassy, French, 1868 - 1945 and Claudius Guy, French, , lifted the mosaics in 1912, and moved them to their property by 1913.

- 1927

Désiré Weidinger, French, , sold to Joseph Brummer, 1927.

1927 - 1928

Joseph Brummer, Hungarian, 1883 - 1947 (Paris, France), sold to William Randolph Hearst, 1928.

1928 - 1941

William Randolph Hearst, American, 1863 - 1951 (New York, New York) [sold, William Randolph Hearst Collection, Hammer Galleries, New York, 1941, lot 563.]

1941 - 1947

Joseph Brummer, Hungarian, 1883 - 1947 (New York, New York), by inheritance to his heirs, 1947.

1947 - 1949

Estate of Joseph Brummer, Hungarian, 1883 - 1947 (New York, New York) [sold, The notable art collection belonging to the estate of the late Joseph Brummer, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, April 20, 1949, lot 836, to French and Co. Inc., New York, for J. Paul Getty.]

1949 - 1962

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1962.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Roman Mosaics across the Empire (March 30, 2016 to January 8, 2018)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), March 30, 2016 to January 8, 2018
Bibliography
Bibliography

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