The present bookcase is one of several examples produced for Dromore Castle by William Watt to Godwin's design of 1869. Dromore Castle was commissioned by William Hale James Charles Perry, 3rd Earl of Limerick, in 1865, Godwin being responsible for both the exterior and interior designs. The furniture for Dromore was manufactured to Godwin's designs by William Watt, whose exceptional skill as a cabinet-maker met Godwin's own exacting standards.
Cf: Elisabeth Aslin, The Furniture Designs of E. W. Godwin, London, 1986, Cat. No. 10, (ill. p. 43).
See also: Christies, London, 16 February, 1994, Lot 37, another example offered.