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image SM Adam volume 25/93

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SM Adam volume 25/93


[94] Record drawing for a plate warmer designed by James Stuart, c1760-62


Elevation of a plate warmer in the shape of an urn with a fluted socle and four sphinxes at the base, with bands ornamented with acanthus leaves bound in ribbon, coin moulding, herms, a band of enclosed anthemia, two spiralled arms terminating in masks, and a lid ornamented with gadrooning, unlobed acanthus leaves, and surmounted by a flaming cup


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Plate warmer for Sir Nathaniel Curzon Bart

Signed and dated

  • 1760-1762
    date range: 1760-62

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (407 x 587)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 1963, Index p. 50
Harris, 1987, p. 34
Snodin, 2007, pp. 469, 482-83
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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