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SM Adam volume 3/37


[12] Preliminary design for an overmantel mirror frame, 1773


Elevation of a tripartite overmantel mirror frame, articulated by tapering terms, supported by urns with candle branches which are of an alternative design on the right- and left-hand sides of the mirror, and the terms support a stretcher with an apron of crockets and swags on the right hand side, and a fluted stretcher on the left-hand side, and the stretchers are surmounted by shafts composed of calyx, anthemia and urns on the left-hand side, and calyx, anthemia, tubular flowers, and urns on the right-hand side, and between these stretchers there is a fan in the central compartment, and a peltoid shield hung from festoons in the right-hand compartment, and with a fluted top rail, surmounted by an urn on the left-and side, anthemia on the right-hand side, and a central pair of winged griffons flanking an urn on a tripod base


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Mr [ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] Chimney Glass [ ____ ] (in feint pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1773
    datable to 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (322 x 509)


Robert Adam


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


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