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A pair of Regency pen and watercolour Interiors by Crace

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A pair of Regency pen and watercolour designs for proposed interior schemes by Crace and Sons, in the Brighton Pavilion, Chinoiserie taste.

The first depicting a bedroom scheme with pagoda tester bed, the other possibly for a ladies dressing room with dressing mirror on stand and sofa, later mounted within glazed gilt rectangular frames

21.25 in x 12.5 in      (14.25 in x 5.75 in within the mount)

England’s most important decorating company of the Regency period, the Crace family became a firm favourite of the British Royal Family, particularly the Prince of Wales. They were commissioned to decorate several rooms at both the Royal Pavilion and Carlton House as well as at other royal residences. 

It was in the 1760’s that Edward Crace changed his business from that of coach decorator to house decorator. In 1770 Edward was commissioned to provide elegant furniture and accessories for the Pantheon in Oxford Street, the first major public Neo-Classical building in Britain, his work there bringing him to the attention of King George III. As something of a diversion, the King made Crace Keeper of Paintings for all royal residences; a position he held from 1778 until his retirement in 1790.   

Once Edward was made Keeper of Paintings, his son John took over the business and the firm quickly grew to prominence working for the country’s greatest architects including Henry Holland and John Soane.

Between 1801 and 1804, John and his eldest son Frederick produced the first series of Chinoiserie interiors for what became the Royal Pavilion at Brighton; Frederick going on to become the firm’s leading light following the death of his father in 1819.


Item Code: 464

£ 2200

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