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SM Adam volume 17/217


[16] Unfinished design for a cabinet, 1768, unexecuted


Elevation of a tripartite cabinet, with four turned legs with ball feet, ornamented with acanthus leaves, fluting, spiral fluting, and calyx, and with a stretcher supporting urns; the upper register of the cabinet is articulated by Ionic pilasters and terms ornamented with drops of calyx. The shelves within the cabinet are ornamented with Vitruvian scroll, and one is enclosed by wire. The central portion of the tripartite cabinet is higher than those to either side, and each is surmounted with arabesques, and a combination of calyx, anthemia, tubular flowers, and urns


to a scale


Cabinet for Robert Child Esqr

Signed and dated

  • September 1768
    Sepr 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (292 x 405)


Robert Adam


Harris, 1963, pp. 54, 73
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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