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Record drawing for a plate warmer designed by James Stuart, c1760-62 (1)


The executed plate warmer was engraved by the maker, Diederich Nicolaus Anderson, and the date 1760. This is not a conventional shape for a plate warmer, as it is a tapering vase on a small foot. The back has an opening - the door is now missing on the executed plate warmer - so that the plates could be warmed in front of the fire. There is a drawing for this object in Stuart's hand in the Kedleston drawings collection. This drawing, along with others of metalwork designed by James Stuart, was made by the Adam office in order to assist Adam in designing the plate arrangement for the sideboard tables in the niche of the dining room. This design is certainly not by Adam as there is a drawing for an alternative straight-sided plate warmer designed by him in the Soane Museum (Adam volume 25/92).



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