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The top of the pedestal of a Roman decorative shaft

Greek marble

Height: 7.5cm
Diameter (top): 22cm
Diameter (bottom): 5cm

Museum number: M580

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 202help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

This fragment is the column-capital shaped top of the pedestal (schaftansatz) of a candelabrum or enriched shaft, ornamented with carved acanthus leaf-and-petal enrichment on the top outside, and stylised palm leaves on the cavetto1.

1 More examples of foliated 'shaft feet' in Hans-Ulrich Cain,Romische Marmorkandelaber, 1985, pl. 84, 1-6.

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 See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction, transcription of Tatham letters, List 3, no.18.


Tatham: Drawings, 8.

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