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SECTION OF A CANDELABRUM OR DECORATIVE SHAFT

Pentelic marble

Height: 36cm

Museum number: X97

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 187help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

Shaft enriched with shallow fluted spiral bands with acanthus leaf at alternate start, and at the top a heavy triple band wrapped around with two sculptured ends hanging down along the shaft, all to give the effect of wrapped, hanging drapery.

A similar shaft in the Terme magazines, Rome (no. 11762) was found with vase, candelabrum and other comparable decorative material in the building excavations of the Teatro Nazionale, Via 4 Novembre, Rome, in the first years of this century. Other examples of similar twisted marble drapery which seemed to have belonged to a candelabrum shaft, include two fragments in Cherchell and one in the Vatican Museum1. [Jacqueline Thalmann]

1 Hans-Ulrich Cain, Römische Marmorkandelaber, Mainz, 1985, Nos. 14, 16 and 96, plate 89: 1, 2 and 5.

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 See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction, transcription of Tatham letters, List 2, no.8. (Soane Archive)

Literature

Tatham: Etchings, 5; Drawings, 1.


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