Description & Technical information

A pair of George III giltwood and composition wall lights in the manner of Robert Adam.  Robert Adam’s designs for wall lights for Derby House in Grosvenor Square and Apsley House, Hyde Park Corner, preserved in Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, England, use similar decorative devices, in particular the central roundel with laurel leaves and the lambrequin with urn cresting. A drawing of ‘The Fete for the Earl of Derby at The Oaks in Epsom, Surrey’, also in Sir John Soane’s Museum, shows a further related wall light.

Date:  1780
Period:  George III
Medium: Giltwood
Provenance: Private collection, Herefordshire, England.
Literature: Arthur Bolton, The Architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, vol. II, pp. 75-7.
Eileen Harris, The Furniture of Robert Adam, 1973, pls 93-4.
Elizabeth White, Pictorial Dictionary of British 18th Century Furniture Design: The Printed Sources, 1990, pp. 388-9.