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Section of a Roman candelabrum or decorative shaft

Pentelic marble

Height: 35cm
Circumference: 36cm

Museum number: M29

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 192help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

A section enriched with four acanthus leaves flattened vertically, above which a thick mat of flowering vine leaves and stems. A similar combination of decorative enrichment is found in the second section from the bottom of an example in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptothek, Copenhagen1. The candelabrum in Copenhagen is a modern compilation of several fragments, partly modern or heavily restored, according to Cain (p.157) the lower parts of the shaft are antique and he dates it (query the whole candelabrum or only the base and the antique parts of shaft?) in the last third of the 1st century BC i.e. Augustan).

1 Kataloget over antike kunstvaerker I, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen: Billedtavler (1907), 1. Tilloeg (1915), 2. Tilloeg (1941). pl. V, no. 282a.

See also, Hans-Ulrich Cain, Romische Marmorkandelaber, 1985, No. 26, pp. 157f, pl. 53,3.

Provenance help-art-provenance

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 See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction, transcription of Tatham letters, List 1, no.7.

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