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Designs for a mirror frame and girandole for the ante room, 1778, possibly executed (2)


It is difficult to ascertain where the designs inscribed ante room refer to (Adam volume 20/168, 20/176). It is possible they are intended for the space inscribed as a dressing room on the first floor plan (Adam volume 32/102), as it precedes the bedchamber.

Harris credits the execution of the Apsley House mirrors and girandoles to Sefferin Nelson, the carver and gilder appointed to execute Adam’s designs for Derby House. She notes a significant payment of £259 made to Nelson from Lord Bathurst’s account at Drummond’s, dating to 1779.



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