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Fragment of the base of a small Roman column

Julio-Claudian (14-70 AD) or Early Imperial

Greek marble

Height: 11cm
Width: 35cm
Thickness: 13cm

Museum number: M581

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 73help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

This fragment is the lower part of the base of a small capital (? or column). The enrichment, top to bottom, consists of a torus enriched with bay leaves, fillet, cavette enriched with reversed waterleaf, fillet, and a torus carved in guilloche pattern at the base bottom.

The combination of mouldings, etc., especially the waterleaf-enriched cavetto, Vermeule thought indicated work of the Julio-Claudian period, but of second-rate quality. However, current scholarship would place this simple attic base in the early imperial period which, although close to Vermeule's dating is not identical (Charlotte Schreiter, 'Römische Schmuckbasen', Kölner Jahrbuch 28, 1995, pp.161-347 - p. 210, fig. 85, no. 85.).

Provenance help-art-provenance

Rome; collected in Rome in the 1790s by Charles Heathcote Tatham for the architect Henry Holland: see C. Vermeule, Catalogue of Antiquities in Sir John Soane's Museum, unpublished typescript (Soane Archive), Introduction, Tatham, Letters, List 2, no.82.


Tatham: Etchings, 5; Drawings, 1.

Exhibition history

The Adam Brothers in Rome: Drawings from the Grand Tour, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 25 September 2008 - 14 February 2009

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk