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Design for a commode for the drawing room, January 1773 (1)


The commodes were intended to stand against the two window piers beneath the pier glasses (Adam volume 20/83). It is not known whether they were executed. The design is comparable to similarly coloured designed of the same date for the pair of bow-fronted commodes in the drawing room at Osterley. It is Adam's earliest design for a semicircular commode in which the decoration is applied to the whole of the front instead of being contained in framed compartments.



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