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A Very Refined Adam Period Chimneypiece Carved in White Statuary Marble

The frieze is ornamented with enclosed alternating flowers within lozenge, and with a central tablet depicting two sphinx holding a paterae. The iconography of the sphinx originally derives from the ancient Egyptian sculptures, and it was later revived in the Renaissance and again during the Neoclassical period, particularly during the Egyptian revival. The panelled jambs are wrapped with lotus leaf clasps at the top, followed by delicate bell flowers, and headed by corner blocks filled with carved paterae. A very similar design by Adam can be found in the Dining Hall at Osterley House

Height 54⅜in (138cm) width 76⅜in (194cm)
Internal height 41¾in (106cm) width 48½in (123cm)
Footblock to footblock 69⅜in (176cm)
Shelf depth 10in (25.3cm)