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FRAGMENT OF A PILASTER CAPITAL

Mid 1st century AD

Luna marble

Height: 36cm
Width: 21.5cm
Thickness: 4cm

Museum number: S29

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 55help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

The enrichment of this dressed fragment comprises the acanthus leaves at the base, the foliate stem rising in the centre, and remains of cauliculi (?) at the edges.

The top of this piece was squared off for Henry Holland or Soane's benefit, the sides and bottom prior to Tatham's drawing - perhaps with a view to using the piece as restoration or building material.

The pure well spaced natural detail of the leaves indicates a mid-First Century dating. For this plastic work at a slightly later date and in Northern Italy, cp. the small capital in the Aquileia Museum1 .

1 V. Scrinari, I Capitelli romani di Aquileia, Padua, 1952, no. 86.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Rome; collected by Charles Heathcote Tatham for the architect Henry Holland in the 1790s. See Vermeule, 'Catalogue of Antiquities in Sir John Soane's Museum', unpublished, Introduction, Tatham Letters transcript, List 2, no.22. (Soane Archive).

Literature

Tatham: Etchings, 7; Drawings, 1.


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