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Fragment of the base of an engaged column

117-138 AD

Luna marble

Height: 21cm
Width: 21cm
Thickness: 9cm

Museum number: M573

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 79help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

In its present state the enrichment from top to bottom comprises: fluted cavetto, rolled rope fillet between plain fillets, fluted cavetto, fillet, guilloche stopped at the right edge, and remains of a plain base section at the bottom.

From Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, this fragment may be compared with identical circular column bases in situ in the Peristyle Court of that complex; a particularly well preserved example may be recognised by the fact that a mutilated block of the enriched (figured?) frieze is set on its top1 .

1 Compare Chillman, in Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, IV, 1924, p. 109, pl. LII, 3, from the Great Hall of the Casino or Aedicula. See also Charlotte Schreiter, 1995, p. 249, fig.199, no. 209.

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 See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction, transcription of Tatham letters, List 3, no.7.


Tatham: Drawings, 8.

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