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A CENTER TABLE WITH TOP MADE WITH A MOSAIC OF ANCIENT SPECIMEN MARBLES

The Top Probably Rome. Circa 1845. Base Designed To Support Top. Circa 1980s.

Measurements

Width: 35 1/2" (90.2 cm) Height: 32 1/2" (82.5 cm) Thickness of top: 1" (2.5 cm).

Research
Of various marbles. The circular statuary marble top with various Marmora Romana specimens (see figure 6) within a white border with incised writing to the top and edge (see marks). The top supported on a later brown painted faux mahogany base with plain frieze resting on four scrolled legs, the whole on a conforming molded plinth base. Originally gilded, still present below painted surface. Old repair to top with stone reinforcing plate to underside

Marks:
Inscribed to the border of the table top:
SO THAT MY BONDS FOR CHRIST ARE MANIFEST IN ALL CESAR’S [sic] COURT, AND IN ALL OTHER PLACES. – PHIL.S 1-13 ΩΣΤΕ ΤΟΥΣ ΔΕΣΜΟΥΣ ΜΟΥ ΦΑΝΕΡΩΣ ΕΝ ΧΡΙΣΤΩ ΓΕΝΕΣΘΑΙ ΕΝ ΟΛΩ “ΤΩ ΠΡΑΙΤΩΡΙΩ.” ΕΠΙΣΤ. ΠΡΟΣ ΦΙΛΙΠΠ. Α . ΙΓ Α .D. 64.

Inscribed to the edge of the table top:
THESE PIECES OF MARBLE WERE COLLECTED (AD 1844) IN THE FARNESE GARDENS AMONG THE RUINS OF THE PALACE OF THE CÆSARS (TO ΠΡΑΙΤΩΡΙON) WHICH WAS BURNT DOWN AD 6

Small paper label to the underside of the top states:
Loyd-Paxton Works of Art 24598

Brass plaque on base beneath top reads:
RESTORATIONS COMMISSIONED BY / LOYD-PAXTON / ACCOMPLISHED BY / JOHN OFFERLE, MASTERCRAFTSMAN

FROM THE COLLECTION OF LOYD-PAXTON, DALLAS, TEXAS

Provenance:
From the collection of Loyd-Paxton, Dallas, Texas

This impressive center table incorporates a fascinating and colorful specimen marble mosaic top, with inscription around the perimeter that commemorates the historical origin of the marbles used: THESE PIECES OF MARBLE WERE COLLECTED (AD 1844) IN THE FARNESE GARDENS AMONG THE RUINS OF THE PALACE OF THE CÆSARS (TO ΠΡΑΙΤΩΡΙON) WHICH WAS BURNT DOWN AD 64

A further epigraph around the border on the top of the table reads: SO THAT MY BONDS FOR CHRIST ARE MANIFEST IN ALL CESAR’S COURT, AND IN ALL OTHER PLACES. – Phils 1:13. It is also repeated in Greek with one deviation at the end; after stating the Bible chapter and verse number, it concludes by giving the date of 64 AD.

Full research report available on request.

Full research report available on request.