Sn4861 A fine quality and very attractive, late Victorian pedestal desk in mahogany, having black tooled leather to the top above 9 fielded and mahogany lined graduated drawers, all fitted with original brass handles and flanked by reeded pilasters, all standing on plinth base and castors. This antique desk has been sympathetically restored and is ready to place at home. Stamped by Jas Schoolbred & Co, one of leading cabinet makers. c1890
H29.5″ W54″ d76″
H75cm W138cm D76cm
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.