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SM Adam volume 20/33


[13] Preliminary design for a pier glass frame for the eating room, 1767, as executed


Elevation of an oval pier glass frame, ornamented with fluting, acanthus leaves, drops of calyx, and festoons, with an apron of acanthus leaves, a rosette, and a fan, and surmounted by acanthus leaves, rosettes, anthemia, a tubular flower, a wreath, festoons, and hung from a lion mask


bar scale of 1 2/5 inches to 1 foot


For the Eating room at Osterly

Signed and dated

  • 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (293 x 456)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Harris, 1963, p. 51
Tomlin, 1972, p. 26
Harris, 2001, pp. 161, 351
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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