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FRAGMENT OF A COMPOSITE PILASTER CAPITAL

117-138 AD
Hadrianic. Walker, loc. cit., suggests around 150 AD

Pentelic marble

Height: 33cm
Width: 31cm
Thickness: 14cm

Museum number: M692

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 66help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

A large, deep pilaster capital, enriched on front and remaining (left) side; the back is cut out, forming a large rectangular groove to the break and lower right corners. This is the remains of the bottom rear surface, dressed for joining to the pilaster and architecture behind. Enrichment consists of volute scrolls above corner acanthus leaf, leading (on the front) to egg and dart in the centre interval. Above this, at the bottom centre line, a foliate stem rises to a flower on the concave abacus.

Like the two previous examples (Vermeule 64 and 65), Hadrianic work with close parallels in contemporary architectural carving in Athens.

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 See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction, transcription of Tatham letters, List 3, no. 4.

Literature

Tatham: Etchings, Frontispiece; Drawings, 8.
Susan Walker, 'Corinthian Capitals with Ringed Voids', Archäologischer Anzeiger, 1979, no. 10, fig. 20, p. 120.


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