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Fragment of the base of a candelabrum(?). Above the cavetto moulding leading to the fillet are the ends of inverted acanthus enrichment on an ogee base moulding and a foliate stem and flower at the right (or centre as originally constituted). Below there is a guilloche moulding and a plain, broad base moulding.

Italian marble

Height: 23cm
Width: 31cm
Thickness (remaining incomplete section): 13cm

Museum number: S83

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 203help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

A complete(?) example of an identical base was incorporated by the restorer into the support for a votive galley in marble engraved by Piranesi1 and at the time in his museum. This was probably a common form and decorative scheme for solid, rectangular candelabra, decorative, or furniture supports (see also Vermeule 204).

1 G.B. Piranesi, Vasi, candelabri, cippi, sarcofagi tripodi, lucerne, ed ornamenti antichi, fol, Rome, 1779, pls. 105, 106. (WE 1000, 1001), Marble trireme supported by a ornamental pedestal now in the Yarborough Collection at Brocklesby Park, Lincolnshire.

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 See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished Catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction, transcription of Tatham letters, List 2, no.4.

Literature

Tatham: Etchings, 5; Drawings, 1.


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