The Ionic Base And Pedestal

The Ionic pedestal has a height of 2.7 diameters (0.3 of the column height). The capital and plinth mouldings are quite complex: ovolo and cavetto separated by an astragal supporting a flat fascia with a crowning cynia reversa and fillet, and scotia and astragal over a cyma, to the plinth.

The die is somewhat elongated, having a height:breadth ratio of 1.16:1. The column base is again an Attic base, elaborated by an astragal added above the upper terns. Figure (a) shows the profile of the alternative Ionic base shown in the versions of Serlio, Vignola and Perrault in plate 6.

22. THE IONIC BASE AND PEDESTAL

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