A Pair of Good Quality Grey Cipollino Marble Pedestals

Origin: Italian
Period: Early/Mid 20thC
Provenance: Basts, Grundisburgh, Suffolk, UK.
Date: c.1940-60
Height: 30”
Diameter: 11.5” (each)

The useful and well-made grey veined cipollino marble column pedestals, each of classical form, the wholes consisting of three parts with the tops and bottoms being symmetrical, having one foot circular tops, and surviving from the early to middle section of the twentieth century.

The pedestals are in good overall order with one or two minor chips. They are both in three sections, however one of them is in one piece i.e. it doesn’t detach whilst the other does breakdown into three parts. One has more lichen deposits on its surface than the other, but this could obviously be cleaned if so desired.

Basts is Grade II* Listed of special architectural and or historic interest. It is reputed to have been built by Thomas Wall in about 1510 but stands on the site of an older house and manor. It is described in Eric Sandon's Suffolk Houses as a tall 3 storied timber framed structure with it's double jetty's and triple hipped roofs, with an appearance which suggests that it once stood alone at this corner of the village.

These types of plinths would be best utilised for busts, urns and statuary, being particularly suited to neoclassical pieces, and metallic or stoneware items. They are rather hard to date precisely and could be earlier than suggested.

Always harder to find in pairs, perfect for your prized pieces.