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silla was born out of a passion for beautiful objects: special pieces with aesthetic and historical significance. In 2009, after years of collecting, Andrew Silla and his wife Grace began to work privately with clients from their residence in Southern Maryland. Quickly outgrowing the space, the business was moved from Maryland to Pennsylvania in 2012 and after several warehouse location changes it was firmly settled in the present brick-and-mortar location in downtown Shippensburg.

The 9000 square foot brick-and-mortar gallery is home to a large collection of works of art and estate jewelry. We specialize in sculpture circa 1860 through 1930 with a particular emphasis on the Animaliers and as such the gallery always has a very large collection of exceptional European and American sculpture available on display.

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Pair of Neoclassical Simulated Porphyry Scagliola Pedestal Columns


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Italian, circa 19th century
Item # 403HRY18X 

This fine pair of Neoclassical columns are exquisite examples of the scagliola technique, a difficult-to-master artistic method developed largely in the 17th century to simulate various stones. The austere columns showcase the technique brilliantly, the scagliola simulating brilliant red porphyry marble.

Each column is crafted with meticulous attention to detail; they present with a deep mottled red hue interspersed with subtle flecks and veins to mimic natural stone. The columns rest upon robust, square bases that are ebonized to simulate black Belgian marble, this providing a stark grounding contrast to the vibrant red of the column.

The smooth cylindrical shafts are the essence of elegance in austerity, their uninterrupted lines drawing the eye upward to focus entirely on the sculpture or vessel held on top - only after appreciating whatever art object is being raised does your eye drift lower to notice the columns. While they serve as compelling decorative pieces, their craftsmanship and form are evokative of the towering functional pillars of antiquity - timeless, eternal.

A commanding presence in the refined interior, this stunningly beautiful pair of columns provide some much needed historical surface with their honed patina and soft matte textures - and helpfully, the austerity of the design makes them at least equally powerful in the modern interior.

Measurements: 44 3/4" H x 14" W/D [base], top diameter 10 1/8"

Condition Report:
Minor chips and losses throughout; several hairline cracks in the body of the column; wear and chipping around the edges of the base, this appearing to be a composite scagliola together with ebonized wood; incredibly beautiful with a nice aged patina to the stone throughout; ready to place.