An early Victorian oak breakfront open bookcase, the design attributed to A.W.N Pugin and the manufacture to J.G. Crace, circa 1850.
Mark Girouard, The Victorian Country House, 1979, illustrated pl. 156
These tables came from Horsted Place, Sussex, built for Francis Barchard by George Myers, A. W. N. Pugin's builder, according to the contract for the house to the design of Samuel Daukes. It is probable, however, that the house was to some extent designed by A. W. N. Pugin. The furniture was supplied in 1852 by John Webb of 13 George Street, Hanover Square, but it is likely that Webb acted as a middleman and that the furniture was made by the firm of J. G. Crace, who normally executed Pugin's designs, and may have had some furniture by him in stock at the time of his death in 1852.
Made for Francis Barchard, Horsted Place, Sussex, 1852;
Christopher Gibbs, London, sold 20th September 1979 to Donald Cooper, Yalding, Kent.