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image SM Adam volume 17/125a

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SM Adam volume 17/125a


Design for unidentified chimney grate, 1773


Elevation of a grate, with turned, fluted legs, and pedestals on block feet, ornamented with arabesques and enclosed rosettes, supporting a band of enclosed anthemia, with ram masks, surmounted by urns, arabesques, fluted uprights, turned andirons, paired dolphins wound around tridents, and an arched fire back ornametned with a rosette, fluting, and a fan enclosing drops of calyx


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated


Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (343 x 541)


Adam office hand



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