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Pair of Italian 19th Century Neoclassical Style Marble and Porphyry Columns

$16,500per set

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A sensational and extremely decorative pair of Italian 19th century neoclassical style marble and porphyry columns. Each column has a square Vert Antico base below the mottled white Carrara and Sienna marble plinth. Each central solid red porphyry column is decorated by a white Carrara marble circular mottled base and capital. At the top of each column is an elegant ornamental green porphyr urn. Porphyry was Imperial Rome’s most prestigious stone for columns, vases, and other objects. The word “porphyry” comes from the Latin word for purple, which was the color of nobility to the Romans. Porphyry is considered the Imperial Stone of the Roman Empire. In the year 18 AD, the Roman Legionaire Caius Cominius discovered a beautiful purple stone in the eastern desert of Egypt. It was a deep purple color with flecks of larger white crystals and was perfect for carving. This porphyry quickly became the most prestigious stone for the elite of Rome and Byzantium. For centuries the Romans quarried this treasured stone at Mons Porphyrites Porphyry Mountain.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 27.5 in. (69.85 cm)Width: 4.25 in. (10.8 cm)Depth: 4.25 in. (10.8 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Neoclassical (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    19th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    West Palm Beach, FL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 102941stDibs: LU949922569382

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    Ships From: West Palm Beach, FL
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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