Neoclassical Pair Marbletop Ebonized Timber Columns, France c.1875
Neoclassical Pair Marble Top Ebonized Timber Columns, France c.1875. These handsome columns, set upon a square base with a circular tapered column, each retain their original marble caps. They were originally made to flank a window in a library where they displayed a pair of bronzes but now they are visually arresting objects in their own right. The proportion of the columns is taken directly from the originals carved in marble seen in ancient Classical ruins located in Greece. The direct reference to ancient cultures was an important aspect of their appeal as they reflected the educated background of the owner of the house. The interesting aspect of these columns is the striking nature of the ebonized finish in darkest black that has a reflective gleam no matter the level of light is in an interior. The importance of these columns in furnishing an interior stems from their connection to the concept of the "Grand Tour" undertaken by wealthy young men to further their education before they returned home to take on the responsibilities of their adult life. The superb simplicity of these columns offered a subtle reminder of years abroad as well as a place to display treasured possessions. In a contemporary interior these columns will be a focal point as their stong vertical configuration and monochromatic palette draw the eye.
DIAMETER: 9¾ in | HEIGHT: 50 in
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