Sn5116 Fine quality Victorian open bookcase of diminutive proportions, having original veined marble top with shaped upstand to the back above two height adjustable shelves flanked by reeded and gilded pilasters and figured walnut sides, standing on moulded plinth base terminating in turned feet with gilded reeded decoration. Labelled James Shoolbred & Co, Tottenham House, Tottenham Court Road, London. This antique bookcase retains its original finish and soft colour, all in wonderful home ready condition. c1880
H33.5″ -max H32.5″ W24 1/4″ D11.5″ D9″-shelves
H85cm-mac H82cm W62cm D29cm D23cm-shelves
In the 1820’s James Shoolbred started his company in London. James Shoolbred & Co sold textiles, carpets and other items for interior decorating. In the 1870’s the company was designing and producing original, high-quality furniture, inspired by the aesthetic qualities of E.W. Godwin’s architecture. The furniture was sold in-store and also featured in the James Shoolbred & Co catalogue, which was circulated outside of London. Within another decade the company expanded and moved into a larger location in London, becoming one of the first department stores. James Shoolbred furniture was always displayed and photographed alongside the textiles, carpets and lamps that the company also sold, creating an example interior design for customers to view.