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Reference number

SM Adam volume 20/74


[109] Finished drawing for chinoiserie mirror frames, 1769


Elevation of a tripartite mirror frame, articulated by drops of calyx, and chinoiserie terms, and ornamented with an apron of festoons, and fans, with oval chinoiserie landscape medallions in the lower register, surmounted by urns, rinceaux, anthemia, fruit, and birds, with wreaths across the mirror, surmounted by three more landscape medallions, festoons, drops including calyx and peltoid shields, and surmounted by a mask, tubular flowers, a pagoda-style top, and a palmette


1 1/2 inches to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • February 1769
    Febry 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including Indian yellow and cerulean blue on laid paper (249 x 455)


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 24
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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