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Luca Giordano - Venus, Cupid and a satyr
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Vincenzo Camuccini - Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies
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Anton Raphael Mengs - Electress of Saxony
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Giuseppe Bonito - The Turkish Embassy of Haji Hussein Effendi
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Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, detto Battistello - Frescoes with Stories of the Great Captain Consalvo de Cordoba
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Still life with cake stand
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Domenico Morelli - The Assumption
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Coffee table in Herculaneum style
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Centerpiece in gilded bronze and mirrors
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Rotating lectern
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Globe clock held by Atlas
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Passetto della Regina
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High altar
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Neapolitan nativity scene
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Antonio Niccolini - Model of the New and Old Royal Palace and the San Carlo Theater
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Francesco De Mura - Allegory of the Virtues by Charles Bourbon
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Tapestry with Allegory of Fire
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Alexandre-Dominique Denuelle - Bust of Duchess of Berry
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The abduction of Proserpina
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Enrico Marchiani - Portrait of Vittorio Emanuele, prince of Naples as a child
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Marinus van Reymerswaele - Tax Collectors
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Clay watch
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Paolo Albertis - Entry into Naples by Ferdinando I
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Luca Giordano - Venus, Cupid and a satyr
Vincenzo Camuccini - Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies
Anton Raphael Mengs - Electress of Saxony
Giuseppe Bonito - The Turkish Embassy of Haji Hussein Effendi
Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, detto Battistello - Frescoes with Stories of the Great Captain Consalvo de Cordoba
Still life with cake stand
Domenico Morelli - The Assumption
Coffee table in Herculaneum style
Centerpiece in gilded bronze and mirrors
Rotating lectern
Globe clock held by Atlas
Passetto della Regina
High altar
Neapolitan nativity scene
Antonio Niccolini - Model of the New and Old Royal Palace and the San Carlo Theater
Francesco De Mura - Allegory of the Virtues by Charles Bourbon
Tapestry with Allegory of Fire
Alexandre-Dominique Denuelle - Bust of Duchess of Berry
The abduction of Proserpina
Enrico Marchiani - Portrait of Vittorio Emanuele, prince of Naples as a child
Marinus van Reymerswaele - Tax Collectors
Clay watch
Paolo Albertis - Entry into Naples by Ferdinando I
Road

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Description

The bronze table, with a marble top with a geometric kaleidoscope motif, was donated to King Francesco I (Naples 1777-1830) by Queen Isabella on 4 October 1827, for his birthday.


Along the upper edge, the work is decorated with eleven polychrome marble medallions which replace the documented ones, with portraits of the royal family; while on the lateral edge, between motifs of shells and seahorses, there were as many medallions with the 'Views of Pompeii', decorations still recorded in the inventory of 1907, but removed as early as 1950. The bronze supports depict telamons on lion's paws that crush tortoises.

The table originally adorned the King's Bedroom in the Royal Palace of Portici and is inspired in its conformation by the excavated marble supports that support petrified wooden floors; in fact, once upon a time its bronze supports were considered precisely Herculaneum finds.

In the private collection there is a series of eleven miniatures, enamel on porcelain, with frames depicting Maria Isabella di Borbone, wife of Francis I, and the first ten of their children. The decoration was probably carried out by Raffaele Giovine and it is clearly a royal commission with the purpose of adornment of a piece of furniture, such as the table in question, of which the missing medallions could constitute.


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