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Table with birds and flowers

  • Place of origin:

    Rome (made)

  • Date:

    1839 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Poggioli, Camillo (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Micromosaic, marble, serpentine, gilt bronze, bronze and ebonised wood

  • Credit Line:

    The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Gold, Silver and Mosaics, Room 73, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries []

Sir Arthur Gilbert and his wife Rosalinde formed one of the world's great decorative art collections, including silver, mosaics, enamelled portrait miniatures and gold boxes. Arthur Gilbert donated his extraordinary collection to Britain in 1996.

Physical description

A circular, serpentine-bordered black marble tabletop with a large central micromosaic composition portraying a big multi-hued bird in flight within a wreath composed of alternating flower, fruit and vegetable festoons upon which are perched a small bird and two butterflies. All are within a further band of intertwining convolvulus and yellow ribbon on a purple ground between red borders. The marble tabletop is bordered by a gilt-bronze moulding chased with overlapping leaves and is supported by a pedestal base, the central column of fluted ebonised wood between acanthus leaf bands, with three S-scroll ebonised supports terminating in gilt-bronze volutes, all on an ebonised tripod base resting on gilt lion's paw feet. The artist's signature and the date are incised in the serpentine border: Poggioli f.1839 in Roma.

Place of Origin

Rome (made)


1839 (made)


Poggioli, Camillo (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Micromosaic, marble, serpentine, gilt bronze, bronze and ebonised wood


Diameter: 78.7 cm, Height: 76.2 cm

Object history note

Provenance: Sotheby Parke-Bernet, lot 87, 22/02/1969. Giuseppe Costantini, Rome, 1971.

Descriptive line

Table top with birds, butterflies and fruit, Rome, Camillo Poggioli, 1839.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Avery, Charles, assisted by Arthur Emperatori. Mosaics from the Gilbert Collection: summary catalogue. London : H.M.S.O., 1975
Gonzalez-Palacios, Alvar. The Art of Mosaics: Selections from the Gilbert Collection, Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) 1977. 143 p., ill. Cat. no. 63. ISBN 0875870805.
Gonzalez-Palacios, Alvar and Steffi Röttgen with essays by Steffi Röttgen, Claudia Przyborowski; essays and new catalogue material translated by Alla Theodora Hall. The Art of Mosaics: Selections from the Gilbert Collection. Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) 1982. 224 p., ill. Cat. no. 67. ISBN 0875871097
Gabriel, Jeanette Hanisee with contributions by Anna Maria Massinelli and essays by Judy Rudoe and Massimo Alfieri. Micromosaics: The Gilbert Collection. London: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd. in association with The Gilbert Collection, 2000. 310 p., ill. Cat. no. 51, p. 107-108. ISBN 0856675113.
The Gilbert Mosaic Collection, Los Angeles : Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1975


Mosaic glass; Serpentine (mineral); Marble; Gold; Bronze; Wood


Micromosaic; Inlay (process); Setting; Gilding; Casting; Carving


Secrets of the Museum; Mosaic; Furniture


Metalwork Collection

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