Crace supplied work to an array of important clients. He collaborated with Pugin on a number of Gothic Revival schemes, including Lismore Castle, Ireland for the 6th Duke of Devonshire and most famously Charles Barry's Palace of Westminster (see previous lot). He used timbers native to Britain which included oak, often inlaid like this lot.
Pleasing size. Old marks, scuffs and scratches. Shelves marked in places from use. Scuffs etc "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."