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The Hever Castle Porphyry Table, 1st/2nd century A.D. and later | Une table en porphyre du Château d'Hever, vers le Ier/IIe siècle ap. J.-C. avec des additions ultérieures

The Hever Castle Porphyry Table, 1st/2nd century A.D. and later | Une table en porphyre du Château d'Hever, vers le Ier/IIe siècle ap. J.-C. avec des additions ultérieures

The Hever Castle Porphyry Table, 1st/2nd century A.D. and later | Une table en porphyre du Château d'Hever, vers le Ier/IIe siècle ap. J.-C. avec des additions ultérieures

The Hever Castle Porphyry Table, 1st/2nd century A.D. and later


the integral base and shaft probably from a Roman labrum (basin), circa 1st/2nd century A.D., the capital and tabletop 16th/19th century additions

Height 35½in; width 28½in; prof 28⅓in

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Une table en porphyre du château d'Hever, vers le Ier/IIe siècle ap. J.-C. avec des additions ultérieures


une table en porphyre, base et fût taillés d'une pièce et provenant probablement d'un labrum (bassin) romain, vers le Ier/IIe siècle ap. J.-C., le chapiteau et dessus de table additions du 16ème/19ème siècle.

Haut. 90 cm, larg. 72,5 cm, prof. 72 cm

The illustrations are accurate; overall good condition despite dents and traces of wear due to age and use. The bottom of base possibly slightly reduced in size.

The base: some chips on the exposed areas on bottom, lower rim of the stem and at the top of the stem; capital and top porphyry with a slightly different color

The top: slightly wobbly, a corner restored and replaced with a different porphyry, many chips to the rim; a hair crack (approx. 17 cm long.) to the opposite side of the restored corner; a few minor chips restored and filled with later composition. 


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Please note the octagonal base is possibly original. Veuillez noter que la base octogonale est possiblement d'origine.

William Waldorf Astor, Villa Sirena, Sorrento, Italy; probably acquired from Attilio Simonetti in April 1906, listed as ‘Tavolo Pompeiano in porfido’, 12,000 lira (Hever Castle Archives, Purchase ledger, AD21.3/1906)

Then by descent at Hever Castle, Kent;

sold by the Lord Astor of Hever, Sotheby's London, Antiquities, 11th and 12th July 1983, probably lot 380 (unillustrated), when acquired by the present owner.

Gavin Astor, Statuary and Sculpture at Hever, 1969, p. 11, nr. 95, (illustrated with a drawing, located then in the Rose Garden) 

Clive Aslet, ‘Hever Castle, Kent – II’, in Country Life, 8th January 1981, pp. 66-69


Related Literature


Annarena Ambrogi, Labra di Età romana in marmi bianchi e colorati (Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider, 2005), pp.349-350, p.586, cat. no. S. 11.

Dario del Bufalo, Porphyry, Red Imperial Porphyry. Power & Religion, 2013, pp. 195-197.