An elegant and fine quality late Victorian Sheraton Revival satinwood and mahogany line inlaid writing table of oval form, having a hand-stained genuine cow hide leather inset to the top, above a frieze with single drawer, and raised on square section tapering legs terminating in original brass castors with brown china wheels.
Bears label to the drawer of the eminent maker and retailer ‘Jas Shoolbred & Co., Tottenham Court Rd., London’.
Width 36″ (91cm) Depth 27″ (69cm) Height 29″ (74cm)
James Shoolbred started his company in London in the 1820s, selling textiles, carpets and other items for interior decorating. In the 1870’s the company was designing and producing original, high-quality furniture, often inspired by the aesthetic qualities of E.W. Godwin’s architecture. Within another decade the company expanded and moved into a larger location in London, becoming one of the first department stores. Despite James Shoolbred & Co’s popularity and market presence, the company struggled after the market crash of 1929 and closed for good in 1931.
Condition and Details of Restoration:
This item is in original structural condition and is completely sound. It has been restored, prior to our ownership, to a generally high standard. There is a visible repair to a split to the frieze at the rear of the table (see detail photograph). Also, please note that the gilt tooling to the centre of the leather inset is slightly irregular.