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Fragment of decorative carving in the form of a small vase(?)

Greek marble, probably Pentelic marble

Height: 13cm
Circumference: 31cm

Museum number: M412

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 259help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

This small vase form is enriched with fluting, leaf ornament and the flowered bases of decorative "handles".

Whichever way this fragment stood, it undoubtedly, from the long iron shaft embedded in the turned end, served as part of a carved decorative ensemble, such as a 'pineapple cone'-topped decorative pinnacle on a 'candelabrum' or a carved base from which the crowning elements of a candelabrum-shaft sprang. The presence of the stylised handles and the adherence to conventions of carved vase enrichment suggest that as originally drawn and described (and as numbered in paint and as photographed) the 'solid case' carving is in the correct orientation.

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 See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction, transcription of Tatham letters, list 3, no. 24.


Tatham: Drawings, 8.

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