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SM Adam volume 20/209


[14] Design for a pier glass frame and table, 1779, possibly executed


Elevation of a pier table with tapering legs and turned feet. The capitals contain rosettes, and the frieze has a central tablet ornamented with a mask, flanked by rosettes and swags. All this is surmounted by a pier glass frame, bordered with fluting, and surmounted by a socle supporting a figurative roundel, with arabesques and an urn above. This is flanked by winged sphinxes bearing festoons, with tails which form arabesques


bar scale of 1 3/8 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Glass & Table frame for George Drummond Esquire / 209 and some dimensions and figures given

Signed and dated

  • August 1779
    25. Aug.st / 1779.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow and cerulean blue on laid paper (298 x 449)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
Harris, 1963, p. 54
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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