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Model of the city of Pompeii as it looked in 1820 (e.g. partially excavated), attributed to Domenico Padiglione, cork (solid and veneer) on a timber base, with some traces of coloured decoration

Museum number: MR1

Curatorial note

This model stands on the Pompeii Model Stand (see XF112) with its integral plan chest, which was commissioned for it by Soane in 1826.

The Pompeii model was reduced in size (virtually cut in half) in the 1890s when the Pompeii model stand was reduced in size. One half of the model was disposed of leaving only the right-hand section of the original model. In 2011-12 Dieter Coellen, a maker of architectural cork models based in Cologne, working with Professor Valentin Kockel (not only an expert on historic cork models but also a leading authority on Pompeii), re-created the 'lost' half of the model, which can now as of May 2015 be seen complete, on the restored stand, at the heart of Soane's restored Model Room on the second floor of the Museum.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Purchased by Sir John Soane at the John Sanders sale, Christie's, 1826. John Sanders had been the first articled pupil in Soane's architectural office in the 1780s.


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