Hand-carved by a master Italian mason in the 1700’s, this pair of marble capitals has elegant foliate carvings along five sides. The tops and bottoms have been polished, giving them a bright sheen. Both back sides have been left natural, revealing brown and gold striations and textures to the cream-colored marble. The center of each capital has a scrolled volute at the top, with a roundel margent trailing below. These motifs are flanked on each side by a large volute rinceaux that extends almost to the back side.
Most likely, our pair of 18th century carved marble capitals originally sat on top of a column. Because the back sides are rough, they were probably attached to the side of a building. They can still be used as architecturals outdoors, but these versatile pieces can also be used inside, repurposed into lamps or used as decorative accent pieces.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including minor losses. Light buildup and age separations. Please see photos for details.
H - 11, W - 14 1/2, D - 11
Pair of 18th Century Carved Marble Capitals from Italy
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