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image SM Adam volume 20/202

Reference number

SM Adam volume 20/202

Purpose

[14] Design for a pier glass table and frame for the first room drawing room, 1779, possibly executed

Aspect

Elevation of a pier table with tapering legs, turned feet, capitals containing urns and a frieze of fluting, with and apron of husks forming festoons. All this is surmounted by a tripartite pier glass frame, with paired Ionic pilaster stiles, supported by pedestals ornamented with paterae, and with capitals containing anthemia. The central compartment is surmounted by a further mirrored compartment, articulated by Ionic pilasters and flanked by mermen. The upper compartment is ornamented with a rosette, swags, anthemia and oil lamps in relief, all enclosed within a semi-circular band of rope moulding. The frame is surmounted by a further band of fluting, supporting vessels at either end, and with a central socle, ornamented with a patera and rosettes, and bearing a lamp flanked by winged sphinxes

Scale

bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot

Inscribed

Glass and Table frame for the Piers in the first room at Sir Abraham Humes in Hill Street / 202

Signed and dated

11. Janry 1779.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow and cerulean blue on laid paper (164 x 483)

Hand

Possibly
Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison

Watermark

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

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 40
Harris, 1963, pp. 56, 85
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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