Rare pair of cylindrical columns in banded alabaster from Montauto *.
Very good quality alabaster with a particularly luminous polishing which reveals translucent ribbons of calcification similar to those of onyx.
The quadrangular plinths with molded bases are in white Carrara marble.
Good condition, small used restorations.
Italian work, Rome circa 1650.
Height: 186 cm
* Montauto Alabaster is one of the finest varieties of Italian alabaster, exploited since antiquity.
In the second volume of his “Methodical Encyclopedia” the famous French geologist, Nicolas Desmaret (1725-1815), confirms this to us:
"Italy can rightly be called the homeland of alabaster, the only territory of Volterra in Tuscany, provides about twenty varieties, and the most beautiful alabaster is taken from the quarries of Siena & that of Montauto in the same region is yellow, semi-transparent, with white wavy veins ”.
Similar columns in alabaster from Montauto:
-The four columns of the baldachin designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, known as Le Bernin; for the San Grisogogno basilica, in the Trastavere district in Rome.
Our opinion :
From the first glance, our pair of columns makes us feel the magnificence of eternal Rome, with its taste for the rarest materials.
The sparkling reflections of our columns and their polishings are worthy of the most beautiful precious stones indicate to us without the slightest doubt, whether they come from a prestigious, religious, (baldachin or basilica chapel) or civil (staircase or palace porch) building. .
From the Roman Empire, the city will wish to display its wealth by exhibiting in its monuments the most beautiful stones, from quarries scattered around the world, Europe but also Africa or Asia Minor ...
The blocks of several tons cross mountains and seas like deserts to be transported to Rome.
This lapidary work will last through the centuries, until the modern era when the remains of ancient blocks will be reworked and reused.
Our columns can be integrated into an architecture, they can also serve as a support for busts or marble vases, or quite simply enthroned naturally in the center of a room, as they are sufficient in themselves as an object of decoration. 'art.