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Fragmentary section of a spiral decorative shaft, on the left in the accompanying image.

Luna marble

Height: 24cm
Circumference: 34cm

Museum number: S72

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 219help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

This item and Soane S99 are two short sections, the second (S99/Vermeule 219a) fragmentary, of fluted, spiralled acanthus foliage shafts similar to other examples in the Soane collection (M54, M65, M645, M672, S77 and S81). The shafts were also undoubtedly topped with the "double thyrsos" carved ornaments which we find in all the other Soane examples.

It is tempting to add at least some of these twisted shafts to the collection of fragments from the Villa Adriana (Hadrian's Villa) at Tivoli given that there is a similar shaft-section in the Antiquario (no. 446) on the site.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Rome; perhaps 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 See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished Catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction.

Literature

Tatham?: perhaps part of the object shown in Tatham Drawings 5, no. 2.


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