A George III Carved White Statuary and Siena Marble Chimney Piece Probably Designed by Joseph Bonomi While Working for Robert Adam and carved by Joseph Wilton
A George III Carved White Statuary and Siena Marble Chimney Piece Probably Designed by Joseph Bonomi While Working for Robert Adam and carved by Joseph Wilton
A George III Carved White Statuary and Siena Marble Chimney Piece Probably Designed by Joseph Bonomi While Working for Robert Adam and carved by Joseph Wilton

A George III Carved White Statuary and Siena Marble Chimney Piece Probably Designed by Joseph Bonomi While Working for Robert Adam and carved by Joseph Wilton

c. 1775 England

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The Siena marble frieze is inset with white marble, ribbon tied husks between paterae below a moulded white marble mantel carved with beading and dentils. The mantel is supported on either side by white marble pilasters which are headed by vases above carved rams heads, each festooned with ribbon-tied laurel leaves. The volutes are carved with stiff leaves and beading, running down to acanthus, oak leaf and acorn pendants. The pilasters have Siena marble borders and the opening is framed by moulded white marble carved with stiff leaves and guilloche.
The attribution to the firms of Robert Adam and Joseph Wilton is based upon the very similar chimney pieces, the first of which was designed for The Duke of Northumberland at Syon for the ante room off the great hall in 1764. Another similar chimney piece with Rams heads for Sir Watkin Williams-Wyn at 20 St James Sq for the eating room Circa 1772 and also for the yellow drawing room at Harewood house Circa 1773.
44 Grosvenor Square until demolished in 1968
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The house having been built in 1728 was almost certainly re decorated by either the 3rd Earl of Aylesford who lived at 44 Grosvenor Square from 1758 – 1777 or his widow who continued to live there until 1799. Although no records of exactly when the re decoration took place, the Earl in 1772 employed at Packington Hall in Staffordshire the architect Joseph Bonomi who appears at the time to have been working for Robert Adam, to extend and improve his country seat in a Palladian style. Bonomi having been born in Rome in 1739 was educated at the Collegio Romano and studied architecture with Girolamo Teodoli. He made his early reputation in Rome before moving to London in 1767 at the invitation of Robert and James Adam, who employed him as a draughtsman from 1768. According to Eileen Harris in her book “The genius of Robert Adam” writes that Bonomi was employed for a seven year term during which he could do nothing, not even for his own use, under a penalty of paying them (Messr. Adam) £200:0:0. Bonomi was then persuaded to stay on for another seven years and was probably allowed to take on some of his own work during this time as there is no record of Adam working directly for the Earl of Aylesford. In 1783 Bonomi returned to Rome with his family and worked on a design for St Peter’s in Rome. His stay in Rome was short lived and he returned to London in 1784 and remained there for the rest of his life. After 1784 he quickly became a successful designer of country houses, in his own right, and in 1789 was elected an Associate of the Royal Accademy. Joshua Reynolds, the President of the Accademy had wanted Bonomi to become a full member but was unable to persuade the other members of the Committee and so resigned in protest.

Joseph Bonomi other notable works include

St James Church, Great Packington for the Earl of Aylesford
Dale Park, Madehurst, Sussex for Sir George Thomas
Towneley Hall near Burnley, Home of the Towneley family for more than 500 years.
Barrells Hall, Warwickshire for Lady Luxborough
Portman square for Lady Montagu
Eastwell House, Kent for George Finch Hatton
The Spanish Chapel, Manchester Square
Pyramidal Mausoleum at Blickling Park, Norfolk in memory of John 2nd Earl of Buckingham
Piecefield House, Monmouthshire for Colonel Mark Wood
Stanstead Park, Sussex for the 2nd Earl of Halifax
Hatchlands Park, Surrey for George Sumner of the East India Company
Church of our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Westminster.
Laverstoke House, Hampshire for the Portals family who won the contract to make Bank of England notes and pioneered the use of the watermark in paper currency
Lambton Castle, County Durham for the Earl of Durham
Longford Castle, Shropshire for the Earl of Radnor
Rosneath House, Dunbartonshire for the Duke of Argyll















Dimensions
Height 143.00 cm (56.30 inches)
Width 189.00 cm (74.41 inches)
Depth 28.00 cm (11.02 inches)
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