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To be exhibited atBADA 2020
The moulded capitals over the square tapering columns. The upper section with carved swags of husks tied with ribbons and centred by an oval patera over the astragal moulding. The lower section with an imbricated tablet with a lions mask over intertwining husks and bell flowers with a central patera and terminating in a peltoid shield. The plinth base with ogee moulding.
These remarkable pedestals were specifically designed by Robert Adam for the passage leading from the dining room to the drawing room at Byram Hall in Yorkshire. Robert Adam was commissioned by Sir John Ramsden (1755-1839) 4th Baronet, to refurbish Byram Hall circa1780, providing a classical interior.
The extensive collection of Robert Adam’s drawings for the redesign of Byram Hall can be found at the John Soane Museum, London and prove he is responsible for the alterations made in c1780 in the main hall, breakfast room, dining room, passage to the drawing room, the drawing room itself and the library. Adam’s attribution to the pair of pedestals can be cemented by the design itself, which reads: “Term and lamp for the passage leading to the Dining room & Drawing room at Byram.” Furthermore, when Country Life photographed Byram Hall in 1922, one of the pairs can be seen in the passage referred to in the original design.