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SM Adam volume 20/104


[10] Finished drawing for a pier glass frame, 1772


Elevation of an oval pier glass frame, ornamented with segmental compartments alternating with calyx, and with a border of reed and ribbon, and with projecting shelves to either side supporting urns, ram masks, and festoons which connect to an enclosed rosette and anthemion at the base of the frame, and the frame is surmounted by winged griffons flanking a tazza, which is hung by ribbons from a bracket composed of a lion mask, a bow, an oval medallion containing an urn, acanthus leaves enclosing rosettes, and surmounted by an anthemion


bar scale of 2 ¼ inches to 1 foot


Glass frame for George Keate Esqr / (and in pencil) (cropped) at large for the / (cropped)[ _ _ ]

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including Indian yellow on laid paper (291 x 429)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


GR surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
Harris, 1963, pp. 54, 87
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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