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Fragment of a Roman candelabrum or decorative shaft

Close-grained Greek marble

Height: 14cm
Diameter (top): 9cm
Diameter (bottom): 11cm

Museum number: S92

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 191help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

The enrichment on this fragment consists of two strips of large, overlapping palm leaves running in bands around the curved surface. The centres of the leaves are grooved to indicate vein structure.

This piece is comparable to nos. 567 and 568 and other unnumbered fragments in the Antiquario of the Villa Adriana (Hadrian's Villa), Tivoli. A similar fragment is shown in a Piranesi etching (Della Magnificenza ed Archittetura de' Romani, Various fragments of columns and a bas-relief)1.

Two complete candelabra or decorative shafts, mounted on rectangular cineraria, are displayed in the interior courtyard (Fenway Court) of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. They are of the type which could have come from Villa Adriana at Tivoli2.

1 Wilton Ely 768
2 See The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Catalogue of Sculpture, Boston, 1975, no. 38 (one in the form of a twisted vine) and references (including the Soane fragments). See also G. Lippold, Die Skulpturen des Vaticanischen Museums, III, 2, Berlin, 1956, Galleria dei Candelabri, pls. 115, nos. 22, 25; 166, nos. 24, 27 etc.

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