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image SM Adam volume 49/35

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SM Adam volume 49/35


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


Elevation of an epergne, with a fluted stylobate incorporating dishes, surmounted by sphinxes, which support a base rail with an apron of swags, a turned socle, and a dish ornamented with gadrooning: from this main dish are arabesque arms supporting dishes, and the main dish supports a canopy, ornamented with fans, and supporting further dishes


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3d Design of an Epergne for Lord Lisburne (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) (verso) 10 (in pencil) / Number 10 (in red pen) / Epergne for Lord Lisburne

Signed and dated

  • c1769
    datable to c1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (579 x 687)


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


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



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