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Fragment of an enriched, moulded base

Probably 15th century

Italian marble

Height: 14cm
Width: 25cm
Thickness: 16cm

Museum number: M649

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 80help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

A beautifully carved fragment consisting of torus moulding with guilloche enrichment and below, a reversed ovolo with a grooved throating on the soffit.

If not architectural moulding from the base of a wall, perhaps from an altar or statue base. This fragment presents a very curious arrangement of moulding and grooved carving - not impossible, however, if we view it as a section piece of a series of base mouldings. The guilloche is of a vaguely classical, or more specifically Augustan type, but the appearance produced by the details in the edging is of later Renaissance work.

Provenance help-art-provenance


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