A masterpiece by one of Britain's 'finest but forgotten' wood carvers is to be sold.

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A masterpiece by one of Britain's 'finest but forgotten' wood carvers is to be sold after being shown to his great-granddaughter for the first time.<br />
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James Peake, compared to Anglo-Dutch 18th century genius Grinling Gibbons during his lifetime, produced the carving, showing a spray of detailed flowers and fruit, from a single piece of wood in 1895.<br />
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Many of Peake's works were lost when Lambeth Palace, where they were exhibited, was destroyed during the London Blitz in World War Two.<br />
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As a result, surviving examples are highly coveted, with this example now being offered for £38,500 by Wick Antiques, of Lymington, Hants.