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Circular stand, XF351, English, unknown maker, c.1836, mahogany. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Hugh Kelly.

Circular stand, English, unknown maker, c.1836


Height: 94.5cm
Diameter: 45.5cm

Museum number: XF351

Curatorial note

With base and top surmounted by two raised circular plinths, the upper one undercut; three square section legs set diagonally on the circular base; legs with each face rectangular with a channel down the centre and a round bead on its chamfered corners, carefully terminated with a neat rounded terminations, below an inset plain section at the top of each leg and above a similar section at the bottom of each leg.

This stand was probably purpose-designed to support the small-scale plaster of the Hercules Hesperides which remains on it today; this would have had another, as yet unidentified object, below it on the base of the stand. The Hercules came from the collection of Soane’s friend the sculptor John Flaxman and arrived at the Museum in March 1836, a year before Soane’s death. The stand may have been made at that time, slightly later than the stands made for Soane’s Model Room (see XF26, XF27, XF35 and XF104). Its design is somewhat reminiscent of the model stands but the detailing of the legs is entirely different and their placing on the diagonal unusual. Its mouldings also differ from the larger and more robust detailing on the stand on the main stairs, SC32.A.

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