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Fragmentary section of a Roman spiral decorative shaft (on the right in the online image)

Height: 10cm

Museum number: S99

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 219Ahelp-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

This fragment is the second (see Soane S71/Vermeule 219) of two short sections of fluted, spiralled acanthus foliage shafts similar to other examples in Soane's collections (M54, M65, M645, M672, S77 and S81), all of which still retain (or are) the "double thyrsos" carved ornaments which topped such columns in antiquity.

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 where there is a similar shaft-section in the Antiquario (no. 446) on the site.

This small fragment is very similar to Soane S72 (Vermeule 219) but so fragmentary that Vermeule included it within the catalogue entry for that object, hence its having been assigned the number V219A.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Unrecorded but probably Rome and possibly collected by Charles Heathcote Tatham for the architect Henry Holland during the 1790s.

Literature

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


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