A. W. Pugin (1812-1852) for the sacristy of the private chapel at his home, The Grange, Ramsgate; until sold Canterbury Auctions, 1996; With Paul Reeves, 1997.
Pugin came to Ramsgate in 1843, in search of 'the delight of the sea with catholic architecture & a Library' as he explained in a letter to John Rowse Bloxham. He built The Grange to live out an idealised conception of life in the Middle Ages, creating a family home nestled in the shadow of a neighbouring monastery built by his son Edward.
Generally fair. Probably re-stained and re-polished. The interior of a natural honey colour. Old mark and scratches from age and use (including some scoring to the timber). The lower door is locked and the key to the upper section does not fit. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."