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image SM Adam volume 20/173

Reference number

SM Adam volume 20/173

Purpose

[47] Design for a pier glass frame for the bedchamber, 1778, possibly executed

Aspect

Elevation of an oval pier glass frame, with an apron consisting of a wreath, drop calyx, arabesques and rosettes. The frame is surmounted by a shell bearing an arabesque, supported by a socle ornamented with anthemia. The wall fixture is ornamented with an anthemion enclosed within a wreath of husks, arabesques and rosettes. This is linked to the frame with a chain ornamented with ribbons, which connects to flanking terms

Scale

bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot

Inscribed

Pier Glass for the Bed Chamber at Apsley House

Signed and dated

Adelphi / 31st Janry 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow on laid paper (291 x 428)

Hand

Possibly
Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison

Verso

Preliminary designs for ornamentation of arabesques, figure of eight husks and guilloche

Watermark

GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche

Notes

It is not known whether this design was executed.

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
Harris, 1963 p. 57
Harris, 2001(b), pp. 100- 101
Lea, 2005, p. 11
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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