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SM Adam volume 3/4


[3] Design for an overmantel mirror frame for the back drawing room, c1789


Elevation of an overmantel mirror frame with a central four-branch candelabrum, formed with a socle base, and a fan ornamented with a part-patera and a band of enclosed calyx and anthemia. The stiles are ornamented with a band of rosettes enclosed within figure-of-eight wreaths, and this is flanked by fluted, Ionic columns and bands of beading. Above this, the capitals are ornamented with festoons, paterae and half-paterae, surmounted by a band of scrolled hearts enclosing anthemia, and by half-putti bearing baskets of flora. There is a frieze of part-enclosed calyx and arabesques, with a band of fluting above. The mirror frame is surmounted by a segmental mirrored compartment, formed with a band of scrolled hearts enclosing anthemia, ornamented with an ox skull bearing festoons of beading, and surmounted by a half-putto bearing an urn


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Design of a Glass frame over the Chimney Piece in the back Drawing room at The Lord Chief Barons in Great George Street- and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including cerulean blue, Indian yellow, pink and terre verte on laid paper (305 x 485)


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Fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 55
Harris, 1963, p. 55
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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