The Tuscan Base And Pedestal

Little comment is called for. As the plate indicates, I do not propose Serlio's arrangement with a circular plinth, which I think would look awkward and archaic to modern eyes. The column is circular in section down to and including the torus.

The mouldings of the pedestal are of the simplest form. The overall pedestal height, in accordance with the progression I have adopted for the orders as a series, is 2.1 diameters, or 0.3 of the column height. It is not normal for the Tuscan column to be fluted, or for either the die of the pedestal or the various mouldings to be ornamented in any way.

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