Architecture / Features & Decoration
Osterley Park and House, London (Accredited Museum)
Door to the Etruscan Staircase and Lobby from the South Corridor. Mahogany six panel door with simple mouldings. It is designed to appear as a double door, cf the doors from the Entrance Hall into the Long Gallery (although the two doors are not inter-visible). The elaborate one-piece door furniture was designed by Robert Adam. The same design was also used at Kedleston Hall and Saltram. Some of the decorative motifs on the door furniture are hinged and act as an escutcheon cover, while others move to the side to operate a small snib lock. There is no mortice bolt, only a snib lock. On the staircase side of the door the replacement handle is a mushroom-shaped wooden knob. There is a later escutcheon with cover for the 'WILEN / LEVER' mortice lock. The door is hung on two hinges. The hinges are of the inset type. There are three strike plates set into the door frame. There is no evidence of a lock having been fitted to the door above the Adam door furniture, so top strike plate redundant.