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Fragment of the handle of a large basin or bowl

Grey Greek island marble

Length (outside curve): 43cm

Museum number: DR18

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 272help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

A fragment of the base(?) of the handle of a giant vase or basin, in the form of an acanthus stem with leaf wrapping springing from a joint.

For a large vase with handles of this sort, compare the celebrated 'Warwick' (Castle) Vase, a krater discovered in 1771 at the Villa Adriana (Hadrian's Villa) at Tivoli and restored by Piranesi1 . This Soane piece is very like fragment Villa Adriana no. 862, the section close to the base of a Warwick Vase-type handle, in the Antiquario at the Villa Adriana.

1 G.B. Piranesi, Vasi, candelabri, cippi, carcofagi, tripodi, lucerne, ed ornamenti antichi, fol, Rome, 1779, (II) pls. 2-4 (Wilton-Ely 889, 890, 891); A. Michaelis, Ancient Marbles in Great Britain, trans. C.A.M. Fennell, Cambridge, 1882, p. 663, no. 1 with full history; S. Reinach, Répertoire de Reliefs Grecs et Romains, Paris, 1909-12, Vol III, p. 532, after Moses, Vases, pl. 37.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Rome; collected by Charles Heathcote Tatham for the architect Henry Holland during the 1790s. See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction, transcription of Tatham letters, List 3, no. 59.


Tatham: Etchings, 12; Drawings, 11.

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