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SM Adam volume 11/15


[12] Design for the ceiling for the ante room, 1761, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular compartmental ceiling with four pilasters on each wall, with a central octagonal compartment containing a patera and birds supporting festoons, encircled by four octagonal compartments containing rosettes encircled by strigils, alternating with four compartments containing an anthemion flanked by sphinxes. There is an additional border on one end of three compartments containing calyx within ovals


to a scale


Cieling for the Antichamber / at Sion

Signed and dated

  • 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (215 x 260)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or Agostino Brunias


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 28.
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes



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