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Historic Images of the Greek Bronze Age: The Reproductions of E. Gilliéron and Son

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Marble and bronze table

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble and bronze
Dimensions:
Other: 32 x 25 3/4 x 41 3/4 in. (81.3 x 65.4 x 106 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.301
  • Description

    Rooms in Roman houses were largely devoid of furniture, and instead, much more emphasis was given to the display of works of art--mosaic floors, wall paintings, and freestanding bronze and marble sculpture. This unusual table with its elaborate bronze and marble support would certainly have been appropriate in such a context. It was probably used in the public part of a wealthy Roman’s villa or town house, such as the atrium (entrance hall), to exhibit a particularly fine work of art or a set of expensive metal or glass vessels. The bronze frame to the marble tabletop is richly decorated with silver and copper inlay, but as it stands today, much of the leg and base is restored.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. New York: Gilliss Press, no. 1211, pp. 355-56.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1926. Ancient Furniture: A History of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Furniture. Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 140, fig. 329.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1966. The Furniture of the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans. London: Phaidon Press, p. 112, fig. 566.

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