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Marble SM M563. Base, Roman, marble SM M563. Cooper neg 184463. ©A.C. Cooper (colour) Ltd

Base of a Roman candelabrum or tripod

Close-grained Greek marble

Height: 36cm
Width (corner to corner): 43cm
Depth (corner to rear): 33cm

Museum number: M563

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 228help-vermeule-catalogue-number

On display: Museum South Passage
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Curatorial note

The concave surfaces of this piece have relief panels between fillet and double cyma reversa mouldings at the top and cyma recta and broad fillet at the bottom. These panels are separated by trazephoron lions' heads, legs, and paws. The panels comprise a Triton similar to that facing left on Soane M559 (Vermeule 227) and, facing toward this front panel on the two adjoining surfaces, a sea monster as on the marble relief Soane M415 (Vermeule 283) and a hippocamp, all three are like the Tritons on base Soane M559, riding on conventional waves.

The large size of the inset areas on the top surface indicates that the next element was tripod in design and was probably of marble, which would be held in place partially by its weight alone.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Unknown. May be shown in watercolour view SM Vol. 82, 100, dated July 29 1825 (view in the Colonnade).

Associated items

M559, another similar
M415, comparison
Vol 82/100, watercolour showing this item in situ

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