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Fragmentary outer end of an enriched Roman console

Mid-first century to Flavian (69-96 AD)

Marble, probably Italian marble

Height: 9cm
Width (upper front edge): 16cm
Depth: 13cm

Museum number: S84

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 115help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

Soane's collection contains a number of similar fragments.

As in Soane S62 (Vermeule 114) the carving of this piece shows minor variations. From top to bottom it consists of waterleaf on front and sides, beaded fillet, balustered end formed by the top return of the enriched scroll and scrolled acanthus leaves (mostly gone).

This piece is closer to Soane S62 than to the other two similar fragments (Soane M1186/Vermeule 112 and Soane S73/Vermeule 113) both in size and in the details of enrichment of the outer surface formed by the baluster. All four pieces exhibit the style of a similar atelier and probably came from the same building, villa, or forum complex, the two larger and the two smaller forming nearer but not identical pairs. Probably of a mid-first century to Flavian date.

Consoles on Roman buildings of the period from the late Republic into the Trajanic era have been collected and analysed by Ingrid Söderström.1 This shape seems to accord on a minor scale with the modiglions of the Temple of Vespasian in the Roman Forum.2

1 Ingrid Söderström in Opuscula Archaeologica, V. 1948, p. 145 ff.
2 Ingrid Söderström in Opuscula Archaeologica, op. cit., fig. 1, no. 12; pl. III.

Provenance help-art-provenance

As previous. [i.e. Rome; collected 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 See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished Catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction, transcription of Tatham letters, List 1, no. 47.]

Literature

Tatham: Drawings, 14.

Associated objects

S62, comparison
S73, comparison
M1186, comparison


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