ROMAN MARBLE TUSCANIC CAPITAL
Julio-Claudian Period, 1st century BC - 1st century AD
height cm 39; diam. base 46; length cm 65 x 65
Of particular beauty and compositional complexity, this capital in Proconnesian marble presents elements dear to the stone tradition of the Augustan period - such as ionic kyma with thin shells adhering to the ovule and open and closed palmettes, alternating with water leaves - which are here, however, interpreted in a new and detailed key that suggests a reworking of the structure for a second use. Provenance: From a collector-entrepreneur of the past who lived between the US and Europe, bought in the 1980s.