Design for Chimney-Piece with Vase and Drapery Relief 

Creator(s):   Grinling Gibbons 1648-1721

Date:    Undated, but datable 1689-94

Accession Number:   SM 110/43

Dimensions:   410mm x 220mm

Materials:   Pen and russet-brown ink over graphite under-drawing, with yellow ochre, pink, blue and grey washes, and with redrawing in black ink along base line; on laid paper

Location:   Sir John Soane's Museum

Credit Line (copyright notice for material) :   © Sir John Soane's Museum

Online Catalogue Entry :

Design for Chimney-Piece with Vase and Drapery Relief © Sir John Soane's Museum


Design for a chimney-piece with a vase and drapery relief. The hanging of the carved swag in front of the hanging drapery panel suggests that the drapery would have been carved rather than real. The motif of crowns, trumpets and oak leaf fronds at the top of the overmantel overlaps the drapery, suggesting a continuous carved wood feature as a backing for the porcelain vase.
Literature: Wren Society, IV, pl. 35, top.

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