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image SM, volume 110/43

Reference number

SM, volume 110/43

Purpose

[7] Design for a chimney-piece with a large blue vase beneath a hung drapery relief panel bearing a garter star, and surmounted by a trophy of crowns and trumpets

Aspect

Elevation, incomplete on right

Scale

About 7/8 in. to 1 foot

Inscribed

In ink by George Dance at bottom right, Gd, and to right by C19 hand, (42)

Signed and dated

Undated, but datable 1689-94

Medium and dimensions

Pen and russet-brown ink over graphite under-drawing, with yellow ochre, pink, blue and grey washes, and with redrawing in black ink along base line; on laid paper, laid down, with brown staining in top 10 mm on right side of sheet; 7 mm repair strip in wove paper at bottom of sheet, probably 1850; 410 x 220

Hand

Gibbons

Watermark

Shield with four diagonal lines in band surmounted by fleur-de-lys (Strasbourg bend), over AJ

Notes

The hanging of the carved swag in front of the hanging drapery panel suggests that the drapery would have been carved rather than real. The motif of crowns, trumpets and oak leaf fronds at the top of the overmantel overlaps the drapery, suggesting a continuous carved wood feature as a backing for the porcelain vase.

Literature

Wren Society, IV, pl. 35, top

Level

Drawing

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