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Model stand, XF35, English, unknown maker, c.1834, designed by Sir John Soane, mahogany on a deal base. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Hugh Kelly.
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Model stand, English, unknown maker, c.1834, designed by Sir John Soane, mahogany on a deal base

Height: 101.5cm
Height (base): 9cm
Width: 120.5cm
Depth: 31cm

Museum number: XF35

Curatorial note

With upper shelf supported by three sets of four columns in the form of clustered reeds or fasces with plain collars above and below (the front centre pair are modern replacements); the centre of the stand projects forward by 12 cm. It was extensively restored by John Graves in the early 1990s.

This stand is placed against the south wall of Soane’s Model Room where it supports François Fouquet's models of the Tomb of Mausolus at Halicarnassus, the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina in the Forum Romanum, Rome and the so-called 'Temple of Venus' at Baalbek, Lebanon (MR35-MR37) . On the base are models of Soane’s designs for the Pitt Cenotaph, London and two models for for the Simeon Monument, Reading (MR38-MR40). Above it is mirror XF357.

The Furniture and Fittings inventory lists ‘6 Mahogany Pedestals on turned and reeded legs, to support Models’ but only four survive today (XF26, XF27 XF35, XF104). These are supremely elegant examples of Soane at his most restrained and ‘primitivist’.

In 2015 this stand reinstated in its original position as part of Phase 2 of Opening up the Soane.

Literature

J. Soane Description of the Residence of John Soane, Architect, London, 1835, p. 87: ‘Around the room are nine other plaster Models, six of which are on pedestals, and three on the chimney-piece’.


If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk