The central slab of marble seen here is Aquitanian marble from a cave in the Aubert region of the Pyrenees (nicknamed 'the cave of forgetfulness'). This type of marble was highly prized in Roman times. By the 19th c. this specific kind of marble was so rare that the interest of patrons of tables like the present piece was focused on displaying the antique stone. The border design of the slab is closely related to 16th c. Roman examples, whereas the table reinterprets the style of Louis XIV
AN ITALIAN BAROQUE PIETRE DURE, MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND MARBLE-INLAID PANEL IN THE MANNER OF COSIMO FANZAGO, ON AN ITALIAN BAROQUE STYLE CARVED GILTWOOD STAND, the panel Naples, late 17th c., the stand 19th c.
Table top inlaid and decorated in scagliola made for Kensington Palace, London by Bianco Bianchi