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image SM Adam volume 17/28

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/28

Purpose

[8] Finished drawing for sideboard tables for the saloon and top hall, 1775, the design for the saloon as executed; the design for the top hall unexecuted

Aspect

Plan and elevation of a segmental table for the saloon, and elevation of a segmental table for the hall. The table for the saloon has a slab ornamented with a patera, enclosed within a fan, and a segmental band of enclosed calyx; and beyond this are alternating enclosed paterae and cameos connected by festoons, and the slab has a border of anthemia and calyx. The table frame has tapering legs ornamented with drops of anthemia, oval medallions, and acanthus capitals, and with acanthus leaf feet; with a stretcher supporting a central urn-filled with flowers, and supported by putti; and with a fluted table rail ornamented with Vitruvian scroll, cameos, a central roundel containing an eagle, rosettes, and with an apron of festoons. The segmental table for the hall has fluted tapering term legs, surmounted by Corinthian capitals, and with acanthus feet; a stretcher and table rail ornamented with fluting, enclosed anthemia, cameos, a roundel containing an eagle; and with an apron of festoons held by the terms

Scale

bar scale of 2 ¼ inches to 1 foot

Inscribed

Plan and Elevation of two Tables for the Salon / the tops to be of Scagliola / Nostel (in pencil) / Design of two Tables for the Hall to hand statuary Slabs / at Nostel

Signed and dated

Adelphi / 17t June 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink, verdigris, and Indian yellow on laid paper (441 x 596)

Hand

Adam office hand, probably Joseph Bonomi

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
Harris, 1963, pp. 51, 71
Harris, 2001, pp. 206, 355
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 219
Knox and Raikes, 2008, p. 25
Sands, 2012, Volume 2, pp. 116-117
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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