Mosaic Glass Tabletop

Object Name: 
Mosaic Glass Tabletop

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Object Name: 
Mosaic Glass Tabletop
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall Diam (max): 76 cm, Th: 4 cm
On Display
about 1866
Web Description: 
Italy, Rome, Vatican Mosaic Workshops, probably Giovanni Rossignani, about 1866 This elaborate tabletop was submitted by the papal government to the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1867. It consists of a large disk of white marble, inlaid in the pietra dura technique. The more than 2,000 glass pieces include about 320 types of Hellenistic and Roman mosaic glass dating from about 100 B.C. to A.D. 50. They are combined with 19th-century monochrome glass from Venetian suppliers. The tabletop is attributed to Giovanni Rossignani, a Roman craftsman who worked for the Vatican Mosaic Workshops in the mid-19th century. The catalog of the 1867 exhibition comments on the artist's ingenuity in reheating and flattening the ancient vessel fragments for use in this technically complicated design. Only two other tabletops of this type are known, but they do not have the encyclopedic variety of mosaic glass that is contained in this example.
Hadji Baba Ancient Art, Source
on side
Primary Description: 
Transparent to opaque multi-color glass; assembled. Flat circular shape with star burst inlay design made of Hellenistic and Roman fragments of plain and mosaic glass. Square lotus and palmette plaque in center, surrounded by 14 point star on red ground, striped band, small green band, 8 concentric circle bands with progressively larger triangles, thin marble band, green marbled band, band with 16 hexagon with blue 8 rayed stars (alternating yellow and red ground), thin green marbled band. Rim band of white marble. Stand. Walnut, felt, metal. Through tenons with keys support two shelves. Slanting front supports with metal inset support to hold table top at bottom.
The Recycling and Reuse of Roman Glass: Analytical Approaches (2015) illustrated, p. 40; BIB# 705275
Francesco Sibilio and the Reuse of Ancient Roman Glass in the Nineteenth Century (2005) illustrated, pp. 401-404; color plate 132; BIB# AI68513
Lavori di Sibilio (1999-03) pp. 84-89, esp. p. 87;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 40 (1998) illustrated, p. 151, #26; BIB# AI40492
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1997 (1998) illustrated, cover, title page; pp. 8-9; BIB# AI95178