Antique railings

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A baluster (from the Greek, βαλαυστιον balaustion) is a moulded form in stone or wood that supports the top of a parapet or the railing of a staircase. The set of balusters is called balusters.

The oldest examples are shown in the low reliefs of Assyrian palaces, where they were used as balustrades of windows, making them look like Ionic capitals.

They do not appear to have been used in ancient Greece or the Roman Empire, but late 15th century examples are found in Palazzi balconies in Venice and Verona. These balustrades of the quattroccento have not yet been identified in Gothic architecture and form colonnades as an alternative to the miniature arcades.

Dimensions

Height: 100 cm. 
Length: 71 cm.
Depth: 25 cm.
Weight: 60 Kg.
Material: Reconstituted marble
Editor: Temarte S.L.

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According to Rudolf Wittkower, historian of the early twentieth century, it is not possible to attribute the invention of the baluster, but highlights the fact that Giuliano da Sangallo used it consistently on the terraces of Villa Medici, in Poggio to Caiano, around 1480, employed them in the reconstruction of old buildings, and bequeathed the motif to Bramante and Michelangelo. With the latter, balustrades gained popularity in the 16th century.

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Antique railings

A baluster (from the Greek, βαλαυστιον balaustion) is a moulded form in stone or wood that supports the top of a parapet or the railing of a staircase. The set of balusters is called balusters.

The oldest examples are shown in the low reliefs of Assyrian palaces, where they were used as balustrades of windows, making them look like Ionic capitals.

They do not appear to have been used in ancient Greece or the Roman Empire, but late 15th century examples are found in Palazzi balconies in Venice and Verona. These balustrades of the quattroccento have not yet been identified in Gothic architecture and form colonnades as an alternative to the miniature arcades.

Dimensions

Height: 100 cm. 
Length: 71 cm.
Depth: 25 cm.
Weight: 60 Kg.
Material: Reconstituted marble
Editor: Temarte S.L.

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