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  • image SM Adam volume 25/103

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SM Adam volume 25/103


[27] Design for a racing cup, c1763-66


Elevation of a cup, supported by a socle ornamented with waterleaf, fluting, and gadrooning. The cup is ornamented with fluting, wreaths, festoons, ribbons, a medallion showing horses and riders, a figurative band of people riding horses, two handles in the form of lions, and a neck ornamented with spiral fluting, acanthus leaves, guilloche, and gadrooning, and a lid ornamented with acanthus leaves, and a tubular flower surmounted by an acorn


full size


Vase for Thomas Dundas Esqr for a Prize (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1763-1766
    Robt Adam Archt and date range: 1763-66

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (212 x 446)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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