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SM Adam volume 20/49


[97] Design for a sideboard table and mirror frame for the breakfast room, 1777, as executed


Elevation of a sideboard table, with four fluted tapering legs, with block feet, and a fluted table rail ornamented with enclosed rosettes, surmounted by tripartite mirror frame, articulated by tapering Doric pilasters, and ornamented with swags, enclosed rosettes, fluting, beading, anthemia, bell flowers, festoons, arabesques, and rectangular panels containing miniature swags, surmounted by an urn, and with pencil annotations to the left-hand side, and above showing an alternative arrangement for the top of the frame, and with a flier showing an alternative arrangement for the top of the frame incorporating terms, and half-putti


bar scale of 1 3/8 inches to 1 foot


Glass & Table for the Breakfasting room at Osterly

Signed and dated

  • April 1777
    Adelphi / 24t Ap. 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow and cerulean blue on laid paper (451 x 291) (flier 154 x 178)


Adam office hand, either Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam


Osterly (in pencil)


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Harris, 1963, pp. 51, 71, 84
Tomlin, 1972, pp. 84-85
Harris, 2001, p. 352
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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