A Quartet of Late Victorian Carved Architectural Corinthian Capital Pilasters c.1880-1900

Origin: English
Period: Late Victorian
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1880-1900
Height: 77”
Depth: 6”
Width: 8” (each and at extremities)

The decorative and very well carved English columns or pilasters, in a good hardwood akin to a mahogany, of half round form with flat backs, each being fluted and topped by well-drawn stiff leaf acanthus Corinthian capitals with ring turned collars and moulded plinth supports, the bases with collars and square feet, each with different finishes, and originally hailing from a Victorian shop front setting.

The overall condition of the pilasters is relatively good considering they are architectural salvage and have been removed. There is some loss to the lower foot collars as photographed but they all remain intact essentially with one example having a replacement carved support top. One of them has been stripped of the later black paint with the other three all showing signs of some stripping having been taken place. They could all be left as is for a decorative random look, all re-painted to match, or all stripped down to the original bare surfaces. Unusually for architectural pieces such as this they are stamped to the bases which is a real nod to their quality.

The lengths of the columns suggest they are originally from two door surrounds for a shop frontage, being two opposing columns to each side of the doorways to act as beautiful decorative supports. The rears are squared off suggesting they were integral to the doorway.

This quartet of pilasters would have been the proud frontage of a good Victorian retail establishment such as a haberdashery. Pilasters themselves have a numerous deign benefits. Strong vertical lines of the pilasters adding stately look to the interior as well making the room appear higher. Projecting face and structural appearance of the pilasters add extra layer of architectural details to the room. A Corinthian capital in architectural terms is the top part of a column characterised by large acanthus leaves and fluted columns, as we see here.

Very good quality architectural elements that can now be used in any number of ways.