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  • image SM Adam volume 25/104

Reference number

SM Adam volume 25/104


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


Elevation of a cup, supported by a socle ornamented with fluting, acanthus leaves, spiral fluting, and enclosed rosettes, and the cup is ornamented with acanthus leaves, a medallion within a wreath, festoons of vines, ribbons, lion masks, beading, a figurative band of people riding horses, two twisted handles which terminate in winged half figures, a neck ornamented with unlobed acanthus leaves, fret, acanthus leaves, gadrooning, and a lid ornamented with fluting, and an acorn


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Vase for Thomas Dundas Esqr for a Prize (in the hand of William Adam) / (and in pencil in the hand of A.T. Bolton) Lord Zetland has this / cup / London Date Letter for 1770-1 , Maker mark. Daniel Smith / and Robert Sharp / Also Marked / Wm Pickry London fecit 1776 / the latter [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] a tradesman / goldsmith / per E.H. Jones / (1763-5) / RA Bill 1766 / [ _ _ _ _ _ ] / 2 Cups for the Richmond Derby

Signed and dated

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

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (377 x 454)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam, with pencil annotations in the hand of Arthur Bolton


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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