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Small section of a candelabrum or decorative shaft

Italian marble

Height: 8cm
Diameter: 10cm
Circumference: 30.5cm

Museum number: M86

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 195help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

Enriched with vine (?) leaves in irregular sheathing about the lower portion and small, rosette-like flowers in the interspacing above1. A larger section of a similar type of shaft - with these five pedaled flowers and heart-shaped leaves - can be found in the Cortile del Belvedere in the Vatican2.

1 Compare with: The British School at Rome, Catalogue of ancient sculptures preserved in the municipal collections of Rome: The Sculptures of the Palazzo dei Conservatori, H.S. Jones, 2 vols, Oxford, 1926, p. 223-224, nos. 18-22, esp. 22 for complete examples of these types of shafts.

2 Hans-Ulrich Cain, Römische Marmorkandelaber, 1985, cat no. 95, pl. 88, 1.

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 See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction, transcription of Tatham letters, List 2, no.19.


Tatham: Drawings, 1.

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