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  • image SM Adam volume 25/230

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SM Adam volume 25/230


[51] Preliminary designs for clock encasements, c1778, not known to have been executed


To the left - Elevation of a clock case with ball feet, and ornamented with anthemia, rosettes, husks, a band of alternating anthemia and calyx and ram masks. The case is surmounted by an urn with paw feet, ornamented with acanthus leaves, figurative medallions, festoons, and a band of guilloche To the right - Elevation of a clock case ornamented with bands of enclosed rosettes and enclosed anthemia, festoons, and ram masks. The clock face is enclosed within a wreath of husks. The case is surmounted by an urn, flanked by winged griffins and ornamented with arabesques, guilloche, and rosettes. Above this there is a fluted socle bearing a sphinx


not to scale


Signed and dated

  • c1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (243 x 189)


Robert Adam


Preliminary plan for a tripod base


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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