This set of four Solomonic columns were produced in 19th century France. Each column was hand carved from oak wood that has been stripped, revealing some stunning wood grain. They are presented as half-columns, designed to be architecturals.
Solomonic columns are helix-shaped columns that were first produced in the 2nd Century CE. Our columns are topped with Composite order capitals. Composite is like its origin source, Corinthian order, in that capitals are highly ornate with carved acanthus leaf stalks known as caulicoles. However, with Composite capitals, the curled caulicoles act as supports for the Ionic-inspired volute scrolls that sit on top of them.
The bodies of each column have been carved with unbelievable attention to detail. A thick grapevine mixed with quatrefoil flowers runs through the cavetto “channels” of each spiral from the bottom of the capital down to the circular bases that sit on square plinths. Frolicking within the trailing vines are a variety of reptiles, birds, and insects. Some of the noticeable carvings include: a spider building an intricate web, a bird of prey confronting a snake, and a salamander stalking an insect on a leaf.
These fantastic bleached oak Solomonic half-columns can be used in a variety of ways. They can be used as fireplace surrounds, with built-in furniture or even turned into posts for a bed.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor losses and age separations. Traces of old finish can be seen.