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image SM Adam volume 49/33

Reference number

SM Adam volume 49/33

Purpose

[7] Preliminary design for an epergne, presumably for the dining room, c1769, unexecuted

Aspect

Elevation of an epergne, with five visible legs, with paw feet, and a shaped base rail, supporting a socle and urn, ornamented with gadrooning, fluting, and ram masks, and flanked by foliate serpentine arms supporting dishes, and the urn is surmounted by a turned shaft, supporting arabesque arms and further dishes, and an reticulated segemental canopy with fan-shaped edges, ornamented with miniature urns

Scale

full size, or near full size

Inscribed

Lord Lisburne Epergne (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

datable to c1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (571 x 602)

Hand

Robert Adam, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 22
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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