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  • image SM Adam volume 20/199

Reference number

SM Adam volume 20/199


[8] Finished drawing for a commode and mirror frame, possibly for Lady Griffin's dressing room, 1778


Elevation of a tripartite, segmental commode, articulated by tapering Ionic pilasters, with ball feet, a base rail of cable moulding, and a frieze of enclosed rosettes. The central compartment containing drawers with pelta-shaped handles, and the compartments to either side contain painted ornaments including tubular flowers, urns, vesica-shaped medallions, and tripod pedestals


bar scale of 1 3/5 inches to 1 foot


Glass frame & Commode for Sir John Griffin

Signed and dated

  • 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow and pink on laid paper (292 x 407)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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