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SM Adam volume 25/108


[17] Design for an epergne, 1773; it is not known if this design as executed


Plan and elevation of an epergne, supported by four tapering and curved legs, ornamented with ram masks, rosettes, beading, crockets, anthemia, arabesques, and guilloche, and the top bowl has an apron of festoons, and is ornamented with fluting, beading, rosettes and a coat of arms, and has four oval concave projecting lips, and a central circular concave bowl


bar scale of 5 inches to 1 foot


Desert Dish for The Right Hon.ble H.F. Thynne

Signed and dated

  • 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (294 x 431)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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