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Roman furniture foot-base: the claw of a griffin(?)

Luna marble

Height: 16cm
Width: 15.5cm
Length (bottom): 22cm

Museum number: S56

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 256help-vermeule-catalogue-number

On display: Study
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Curatorial note

This is a very finely carved piece. It may be compared with a fragment of a furniture foot in Berlin1, which is described as a griffin's claw and which displays the same energetic formation of leg muscles, scaly claws, and pads.

1 Königliche Museen zu Berlin, Beschreibung der antiken Skulpturen, Berlin, 1891, p. 428, no. 1084.

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 See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished Catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction, transcription of Tatham letters, List 2, no. 55ff.


Tatham: Etchings, 12; Drawings, 2.

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