The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Sunday, September 21, 2014


Drawing-room table with porphyry mosaic top acquired by Sweden's Nationalmuseum
Drawing-room table with porphyry mosaic top. Photo: Bodil Karlsson/Nationalmuseum.
STOCKHOLM.- Nationalmuseum has added a table with a porphyry mosaic top to its applied art and design collection. The tabletop was produced by Elfdals Porphyrverk around 1860. The table, an important addition to the museum’s collection of 19th-century Swedish furniture, is on display on Level 1 of the museum.

Last spring, Nationalmuseum acquired what is thought to be a unique Swedish table with a porphyry mosaic top. The tabletop shows neo-rococo influences in its form and decoration, which dates it to around 1860, four years after the Swedish royal family sold Elfdals Porphyrverk to Erik Gideon Arborelius. Arborelius ran the business until his death in 1866, and the factory burned down the following year, ending the production of large pieces in Swedish porphyry.

Porphyry is a very hard material that is difficult to work with. Most previously known porphyry mosaic tabletops are part of the Swedish royal collections and feature a variety of geometric patterns. The recently acquired table features naturalistic depictions of flowers and leaves, created using tiny square and rectangular pieces of multicoloured porphyry. To modern eyes, these produce a “pixelated” image, whereas 19th-century observers would have likely compared the effect to a cross-stitch embroidery.

The table was probably produced as a custom order or an exhibition piece. The only similar piece previously known is a smaller round stone tabletop with the same rose pattern as the centre medallion of this table. Nationalmuseum’s collections contain very few Swedish artifacts from this period, which was greatly disparaged by the modernist art establishment in the 20th century. The table has been purchased with funds donated by the Sara and Johan Graumann Foundation. It is currently on display in Nationalmuseum’s applied art and design section.



Today's News

November 7, 2012

Exhibition of forty-eight drawings by Raphael opens at The Städel Museum in Frankfurt

Jordaens, van Dyck, Breughel II and Cranach lead Christie's Old Master & British Paintings Sale

Phillips de Pury & Co. announces highlights from its November Contemporary Art Auctions

Christie's announces online-only sale of multiples by Matisse from The Matisse Family Collections

Enemies and allies at Henry VIII's court reunite in a new exhibition at The Queen's Gallery

Canada circus to show off long-lost Salvador Dali painting in theatrical and acrobatic production

Jordi Ruiz Cirera wins Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2012 for picture of a camera shy Bolivian woman

Father Russia: A celebration of the Russian character by Boris Kustodiev at Christie's

PinchukArtCentre presents Two Weeks One Summer, a solo exhibition by Damien Hirst

Work by Peter Doig, never sold before, leads Bonhams Auction of 20th Century British & Irish Art

The exceptional designer wardrobe of Catalina Barcena leads Christie's Vintage Couture Auction

Extremely rare WWII German enigma enciphering machine on sale at Bonhams

Christie's New York to offer a range of fine and rare musical instruments in November

Baroque masterpiece set for conservation

Exhibition showcases some of the most provocative and important art being made in Canada today

Bruce Munro to install two dramatic works at Waddesdon Manor

iGavel Auctions achieves record sales of over 3.5 million

Duke of Wellington's chivalry prevails in portrait miniatures at Bonhams

A mile-high skyscraper? Yes, says Ecuador

Drawing-room table with porphyry mosaic top acquired by Sweden's Nationalmuseum

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Fever mounts as stunning statues found at Alexander The Great-era tomb

2.- Hi-tech underground scans reveal vast complex of monuments at Britain's Stonehenge

3.- National Geographic Museum opens exhibition featuring shark-munching Spinosaurus

4.- First major New York City exhibition to explore Vienna Actionism opens at Hauser & Wirth

5.- Elizabeth I 'airbrushed' for 18th century make-over and a bug is found in Edward VI

6.- Award winning Swedish director Daniel Fridell to direct Kalliope Films' Vincent Van Gogh biopic

7.- Comprehensive retrospective exhibition of Joan Miró's work opens at the Albertina

8.- Synchrotron radiation technology in art conservation: Science to the rescue of art

9.- Mona Kuhn's first solo exhibition in the US opens at Edwynn Houk Gallery

10.- Sotheby's announces details of its sales series for Property from the Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site