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Nicholas Wells Antiques, renowned for its collection of exquisite and rare furnishings, presents a sculptural column that stands as a testament to the grandeur of 19th-century craftsmanship. This piece, hailed as one of the rarest sculptural columns in the world, is not just an antique but a slice of history carved into form and splendor.

The column is sculpted from stalactite alabastro, a material so rare that this piece is considered peerless. Stalactites are naturally occurring mineral formations, and alabastro is a term often used for varieties of soft marble or similar stones that have been subject to the whims of nature for countless millennia. Each pattern etched into this stone is a story of time, encapsulating a beauty that is both chaotic and divine.

The artisanship of this column is a vivid narrative of the era’s aesthetic sensibilities and the sculptor’s adept hand. It stands not merely as an object of decoration but as an architectural prodigy, a piece that is both structural and ornamental. Its dimensions of 105cm in height and 30cm in both width and depth make it a significant presence in any space, commanding attention and reverence.

Adorning the top and bottom of the column are gilt bronze mountings, featuring a crown and laurel leaf motif, elements that are often associated with triumph and regal elegance. The gilt bronze does not merely serve as a support but adds a rich visual contrast to the swirls of the alabastro—a metallic flourish to the earthen majesty of the stone.

The rarity of this column lies not only in its material and unique existence but also in the flawless condition it has maintained over the centuries. To possess such an item is to own a fragment of artistic legacy, to become the custodian of a work that transcends the boundaries of mere art and enters the realm of the extraordinary.

In conclusion, the Alabastro Stalactite Gilt Bronze Mounted Sculptural Column offered by Nicholas Wells Antiques is a marvel of natural artistry fused with human craftsmanship. It is an artifact that embodies the opulence and the innovative spirit of the 19th century, a museum-quality masterpiece that is unmatched in its rarity and splendor. For the discerning collector, this piece is not just an acquisition; it is an inheritance of cultural and artistic magnitude.

Nicholas Wells Antiques advisors are available to answer all your questions. 

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Alabastro Stalactite Gilt Bronze Mounted Pedestal Column

Stock Number: 42029

A stone so rare, there are no other known examples of its use in existence, the King of all columns. Sculpted from stalactite Alabastro.
  • Height: 104 cm (41 inches)
  • Width / Depth : 30 cm (11.7 inches)

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  • Height: 104 cm (41 inches)
  • Width / Depth : 30 cm (11.7 inches)

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