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SM Adam volume 3/47


[2] Preliminary design for an overmantel mirror frame, c1787, not known to have been executed


Rough elevation of an overmantel mirror frame, showing the top of the chimneypiece, surmounted by an oval frame, ornamented with figure-of-eight bands, and surmounted by an enclosed rosette, and flanked by winged griffons, one surmounted by a candelabra ornamented with tubular flowers, and the other surmounted by a candle branches flanking an urn, supporting calyx within figure-of-eight foliage, surmounted by an urn


to a rough scale

Signed and dated

  • c1787
    datable to c1787

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (325 x 479)


Robert Adam




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