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A mid 19th century table with Africano marble top

A mid-19th century French centre table with Africano shaped marble top over turned barley twist column on stepped base.

Note: The bases central column was probably the screw from an old wine or cider press.

The top: Roman, quarried 2/3rd century AD but recut in the 19th century The base, French, circa 1860
Africano marble is multi-coloured marble quarried in Turkey near Teos. Africano marble is black with spots of red, beige, white, and grey. It was used for decoration, especially in ancient Greek and Roman buildings. Africano marble was also used in Basilica of Saint
Peter in Rome and Westminster Cathedral.

This marble remained a mystery until the quarry was rediscovered by an English professor - M. H. Balance - in 1966. By this time the quarry had filled up with water to become a small lake.

Note: The top has an old break, now repaired.

Height: 30 1/4 in; 77 cm
Width: 34 3/4 in; 88.5 cm
Depth: 19 1/4 in; 49 cm

Reference: MTS406

Price: £8,500

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