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image SM Adam volume 18/52

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SM Adam volume 18/52


[15] Preliminary design for an epergne, 1773; it is not known if this design was executed


Rough plan, and alternative elevations for a circular epergne, shown in the plan with four lips around the edge, and shown in one of the elevations with crockets around the edge, and supported in one elevation by animals, and in the other by tripods ornamented with anthemia and ram masks, and each elevation has an apron of festoons


not to scale


[ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] for Mr Thynne (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1773
    datable to 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (327 x 288)


Robert Adam


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