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SM Adam volume 52/111


[8] Preliminary design or rough working drawing for a table, possibly for the little drawing room, c1765-85


Part plan and part elevation of a table, with a tapered, fluted leg, with a gadrooned ball foot, and a turned capital, ornamented with rosettes, unlobed acanthus leaves, and gadrooning, with a table rail ornamented with enclosed rosettes, calyx, anthemia, and urns, and an additional band of beading, rosettes, and foliage, and the table top is ornamented with a band of beading and anthemia, and lozenges of calyx accompanied by wreaths, and enclosing rosettes, and drops of calyx


to a rough scale


Sir John G. Griffin

Signed and dated

  • 1765-85
    date range: 1765-85

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (509 x 625)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 2
Harris, 1963, Index p. 48
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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