An extremely rare country house cast iron neoclassical cast iron stove finial designed by the celebrated architect Robert Adam and produced by the Carron foundry. With garrya husk swags, oval paterae and male mask handles, retaining many layers of ancient paint and in weathered condition, with no breakages or losses. This urn finial would have stood in a large reception / entertainment room and would have been used for heating it, with a hole in the back for a chimneypiece.
An identical urn finial on a square base can be found at Temple Newsam House, Leeds attributed to Robert Adam and the pen and ink design for this can be found in the Scottish records office.
Another similar example is held at the Victoria and Albert museum and a pair at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire on different bases.
Scottish circa 1780
H 34" x W 19" x D 17"
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