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The lower section of a Roman candelabrum, decorative shaft or baetylus

Proconnesian marble

Height: 43cm
Circumference: 50cm

Museum number: M574

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 210help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

This fragment is enriched with scaled date palm leaves rising from larger, foliate sheathing leaves in two layers over the bottom of the bulge.

Two shafts of this shape and parallel enrichment are incorporated into a large candelabrum from Tivoli, now in the Louvre1. There are about twenty date-palm vegetable shafts of baetylus or ordinary shape, and in some cases of exceptional length, in the cloister of the Church of S. Giovanni in Laterano, Rome. They would seem also to have been sections of candelabrum shafts.

1 P. Gusman, La Villa impériale de Tibur (Villa Hadriana), Paris, 1904, p. 255f., fig. 417.

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 See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction, transcription of Tatham letters, List 3, no.19.


Tatham: Drawings, 8.

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