Sn5117 Fine quality figured walnut open bookcase, having shaped upstand to figured walnut top with moulded edge and three height adjustable shelves flanked by carved paterae and reeded pilasters, all standing on moulded plinth base. This antique bookcase retains its original finish, colour and patina, all in excellent hoe ready condition. Bears Jas. Shoolbred stamp with serial number. c1880
H48″ H50.5″-upstand W35 1/4″ D14″ D112-shelves
H122cm H128cm-upstand W89.5″ D35cm D28cm-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.