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Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/104


[3] Design of a chair, c1780, as executed


Plan of a seat and elevation of a chair with a heater shield-shaped back with an arched crest, curved stiles, a gadrooned shoe piece and the stemma of Ramsden family, and with tapered legs, including turned capitals ornamented with cable moulding, and with ball feet ornamented with gadrooning, and a seat rail ornamented with enclosed rosettes


bar scale of 2 ½ inches to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • c1780
    datable to c1780

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and pen on laid paper (440 x 291)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, p. 307
Harris, 1963, p. 48
Spiers, 1979, p. 30, Index, p. 5
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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