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Unfinished design for a tripod pole screen for the Etruscan dressing room, and preliminary design for an alternative border for this screen, 1779 (2)

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The Etruscan dressing room tripod pole screen was executed with alterations to Adam volume 17/148. The carved putti were not included, the cabriole legs with paw feet became curved legs ornamented with ram heads, and the border was executed in accordance with Adam volume 17/149. It survives in situ, containing Sarah Child's embroidered panel, which was executed in accordance with Adam volume 17/145. It is interesting to note that there is a feint pencil-drawn elevation of the executed embroidery design (Adam volume 17/145) within the panel of the executed pole screen design (Adam volume 17/149).

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