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Fragmentary top and section of a spiral decorative shaft

Italian marble

Height: 42cm
Width (top): 20cm

Museum number: M54

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 218help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

Fluted, spiralled foliage-wrapping terminating in sprouting acanthus leaves, in which, on opposite sides, are rosette flowers and below which birds are perched. The smoothed joints indicate that the ensemble was carved in several sections, perhaps a separate top fixture and certainly a continuation to the shaft.

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 See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction, transcription of Tatham letters, List 1, no. 5.

Literature

Tatham: Etchings, 4; Drawings, 5.
Description of Sir John Soane's Museum, 1930, fig. 19.


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