H: 43 in / 108 cm | W: 48 in / 121 cm | D: 22.5 in / 57 cmDescription
Of concave sided form, constructed in goncalo alves, having gilt bronze accents and hand painted polychrome panels; rising from tapering, waisted and stop fluted legs, shod with gilt bronze foliate cast toes; facing, triple stop fluted stiles, draped with garlands and capped with lions masks, with carved guilloche panels betwixt, frame the two lockable cupboard doors dressed with polychrome panels depicting ribband tied musical attributes, enclosing a shelved interior, and smaller conforming panels over, separated by a floral garlanded thrysus; the concave sides have fielded panels delineated by stiff leaf gilt bronze frames, and over, a shaped Carrara marble platform. Stamped by the maker on the back ‘Jas Shoolbred & Co 8344’.
London, Circa 1880.
James Shoolbred established a drapery business in the 1820s in Tottenham Court Road London. The firm continually expanded both their range of products and their size of premises throughout the nineteenth century. By the 1870s, the store was noted for its substantial and elegant displays of home furnishings. Around 1873, James Shoolbred entered the furniture trade and in the 1880s, the various physical additions to the site were rebuilt into a new department store. The business eventually closed in 1931.REF No. 7568
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