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SM Adam volume 25/101


[13] Finished drawing for a tripod candlestand for an unknown room, c1764-65


Elevation of a candlestand, supported by a tripod ornamented with paw feet, fluting, festoons, and lion masks, and a socle ornamented with rosettes, Vitruvian scroll, stiff leaf, and gadrooning, surmounted by an urn ornamented with anthemia, arabesques, rosettes, guilloche, gadrooning, fluting, and acanthus leaves, and supporting candle branches ornamented with calyx, and acanthus leaves


to a scale


Lord Thanet (in pencil) / Vase Candlestick for The Earl of Thanet (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1764-1765
    date range: 1764-65

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Naples yellow and sepia on laid paper (368 x 511)


Adam office hand, possibly George Richardson or James Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 39
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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