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Section of a Roman carved pilaster or garden balustrade enriched with vine leaves and grapes, with birds set below and pecking at alternate bunches.

27 BC-192 AD
Flavian (69-96 AD) through Antonine (138-192 AD); or Augustan (27 BC-14 AD), after stylistic comparisons amongst others with a candelabrum, according to Mathea-Förtsch.

Luna marble

Height: 61cm
Width: 14cm

Museum number: M40

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 146help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

This piece is decorative work dating to the Flavian or Antonine period. An indication of the possible origin of such an object may be gained from comparing it with the small pilaster in the Casa degli Amorini dorati, Pompeii, on which a relief plaque with facing masks is set1.

1 V. Spinazzola, A.D., Le Arti Decorative in Pompei e nel Museo Nazionale di Napoli, Milan, 1928, p. 52, and see below Soane nos. 282, 283.

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 See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished Catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction, transcription of Tatham letters, List 2, no.72.

Literature

Tatham: Etchings, 10; Drawings, 2.
Marion Mathea-Förtsch, Römische Rankenpfeiler und-pilaster, Mainz, 1999, pl. 83,2, no. 69.
Hans-Ulrich Cain, Römische Marmorkandelaber, Mainz, 1985, p. 173, no. 71, pl. 33, I.2


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