The 'Ophytes' green granite, from Egypt, was first employed in Imperial Rome and during the Medieval and Modern times, especially for the creation of small, decorative columns. For the employ of red porphyry on the plinth base, see the model of an obelisk sold Christie’s London, 6 December 2007, lot 230.
The 4th Earl of Bristol’s legendary collection was assembled during his prolonged sojourn in Italy. Two chimney-pieces from the collection, formerly installed at Downhill Castle, County Derry, sold Sotheby’s London, 20 November 2007, lots 114 and 115.
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