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  • image SM Adam volume 20/200

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SM Adam volume 20/200


[13] Design for a pier glass and table for the dining room, 1778, possibly executed


Elevation of a pier glass frame and table. The table has tapering, fluted legs, with block feet, capitals ornamented with masks, a frieze of festoons and ribbons, and a slab bordered with guilloche. The table is surmounted by a tripartite mirror, with tapering herm stiles ornamented with drop calyx, and this is surmounted by a band of enclosed anthemia. The central section of the frame is surmounted by dolphins supporting an urn bearing an anthemion, and flanked by further smaller urns


bar scale of 1½ inches to 1 foot


Glass and Table frame for the Pier in the Eating room at Wormleybury

Signed and dated

  • March 1778
    28. March 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow and cerulean blue on laid paper (298 x 447)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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