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Museum purchase, Funds from the Museum Society Auxiliary, Magowan Dining Room Project and Decorative Arts Funds
An octagonal needlework carpet worked with polychrome wool. The carpet was made for Lady Mary Coventry's dressing room at Coventry House, Picadilly (now the site of the St. James Club). Adam's design for the room's ceiling is mirrored in the carpet. The design consists of a central medallion surrounded by floral garlands and ribbons with an outer border of floral scrolls and bands of Greek key motif (original drawings survive in the Soane Museum, London). Colors are predominantly reds and golds. A rectangle is missing from one side of the carpet, removed prior to purchase so the carpet would fit around a hearth. This appears to be the only known needlework made from an Adam design(per Sotheby's 1993).