Stone (painted wooden pedestal): 140 x 33.7 x 152.1 cm (55 1/8 x 13 1/4 x 59 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble, from Carrara in northwest Italy
Classical Roman Gallery (Gallery 213)
On the projecting upper portion (cornice) are carved bands of leaves, dentils, and an bead-and-reel motif while on the lower portion (architrave) one can see foliage, pearls, and lacy florals, separated by plain narrow bands. The ornamentation of the cornice and the architrave is deeply undercut, while the middle register (frieze) was left rough, perhaps for a marble revetment. About 2/3 of the way to the right of the piece, there is a projecting cornice with a channel careved into its underside to be inserted on to a colonnette.
The condition of the surface is excellent, although there is some chipping and abrasion.
By 1989: with Phillips London, 101 New Bond Street, London W1Y 0AS (Phillips auction, October 5, 1989, lot 74); purchased at Phillips auction on behalf of MFA by McAlpine Ancient Art, 60 Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1Y 1YB (said to come from an English collection); purchased by MFA from McAlpine Ancient Art, October 25, 1989
Charles Amos Cummings Fund