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Fragment of an unidentified Roman Composite pilaster capital, perhaps from the Villa Adriana at Tivoli.

117-138 AD
Hadrianic. Susan Walker suggests a date of after the mid second century AD

Luna marble

Height: 26cm
Width: 32cm
Thickness: 13cm

Museum number: M22

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 65help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

Below a concave fillet abacus moulding along the top edge are the remains of a left hand, lyre shaped corner volute leading to bunched foliage between profiled acanthus leaves. Below is a large egg and dart ovolo moulding with acanthus leaves covering the remaining corner.

This capital, of Roman provenance from its inclusion amongst the items collected by Tatham, belongs to the school of another in Soane's collection (M23/Vermeule 64) and also has exact parallels in Rome itself; similar fragments in the Antiquario at the Villa Adriana at Tivoli (Hadrian's Villa) point to a similar origin for this piece.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Rome: collected in Rome 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 See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction, transcription of Tatham letters, List 3, no.5.

Literature

Tatham: Etchings, Frontispiece; Drawings, 8.
Susan Walker, 'Corinthian Capitals with Ringed Voids', Archäologischer Anzeiger, 1979, no. 11, fig. 21, pp.120-21.


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