The Wardrobe fireplace
Robert Adam (Kirkcaldy 1728 - London 1792)
Marble with Sienese marble, steel, the Wardrobe fireplace, designed by Robert Adam (1728-92), c. 1768. A chimneypiece carved of white marble, with inverse breakfront moulded shelf, above frieze inlaid with vertical bands of Siena marble, two oval paterae and relief urns on the endblocks. The marble relief panel at centre depicts a bacchante in a chariot led by two putti riding lions. The bacchante holds a thyrsus and her robes billow in the wind. The jambs are rendered as ionic pilasters inlaid with vertical bands of Siena marble, on block feet. Fitted with a steel register grate, with bowed-railed basket grate surmounted with urn finials and pierced fret. The register grate engraved with foliate scrolls and ribbons, with pierced steel fender. The Wardrobe and other 'Principal Apartment' rooms were completed in 1768 to designs by Robert Adam.
Kedleston Hall, The Scarsdale Collection (acquired with the help of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and transferred to The National Trust in 1987)
Makers and roles
Robert Adam (Kirkcaldy 1728 - London 1792), architect and designer
Harris 1987: Leslie Harris and Gervase Jackson-Stops (ed.), Robert Adam and Kedleston: The Making of a Neo-Classical Masterpiece, London 1987