Marble Ball on turned brass pedestal. Late 19th/ early 20th century.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Minerals : Hardstone : Pre 1900 item #1338878 (stock #RMT-227)
Cartouche-shaped black marble plaque inset with oval micromosaic panels depicting Roman archaeological scenes (clockwise from upper left): the Coliseum, the Temple of Hercules, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon. Those four panels surround the Doves of Pliny, an image often used in micromosaics, which comes from a Roman floor mosaic at Hadrian’s villa in Tivoli and is believed to be a copy of a lost ancient Greek mosaic at Pergamon described by Pliny the elder...