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SM Adam volume 20/173


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


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


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot


Pier Glass for the Bed Chamber at Apsley House

Signed and dated

  • January 1778
    Adelphi / 31st Janry 1778

Medium and dimensions

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


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


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


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


It is not known whether this design was executed.


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.



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