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SM Adam volume 6/118


[5] Preliminary design for a sideboard table and wine cistern for the dining room, not known to have been executed, c1786


Elevation of a table articulated with legs forming fluted Ionic tapering pilasters and with a frieze of foliage with a central rosette enclosed within a wreath. The capitals are ornamented with rosettes and the table slab is bordered with a band of leaf dart. Below is an elevation of a wine cistern with turned feet, and the cistern is ornamented with a band of strigilation, enclosed by bands of guilloche. Above this there is a central tablet ornamented with floral arabesques and a mask set within a roundel, and above this there is a band of beading. The cistern has handles ornamented with lion masks


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • c1786

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (260 x 172)


Robert Adam




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