A rare 19th Century giltwood overmantle mirror by Jas. Shoolbred of London. The mirror glass plate of large proportions and of rectangular form is set within a beautifully hand carved, shaped and moulded frame, bordered with alternating rows of lamb's tongue and bead motifs throughout. Surmounted with shaped architectural top with intricate floral designs comprising of centred flowerhead with bell husks, flanked with concave corners with flowerhead and trailing ribbon motif detail. The shaped and moulded platform base with further bell husk motifs to each of the corners. Labelled to the reverse 'James Shoolbred & Co., Tottenham House, Tottenham Court Road, London’.
James Shoolbred & Co.
James Shoolbred & Co. or also known as Jas Shoolbred was established in the 1820’s as a draper’s shop, at Tottenham Court Road, London. The company first began supplying textiles to the furniture trade. By the 1860’s, the company began designing, manufacturing and selling its own exceptionally fine furniture in their thriving and fashionable furniture shop. By the 1880’s, Jas Shoolbred had expanded to such an extent that the business had to move to larger premises, becoming one of the first large department stores in London, who would supply exceptional furniture and accessories of the highest quality for the Victorian home. Their furniture was displayed in a series of catalogues that the company produced every year, with their new and impressive designs. James Shoolbred’s mirrors and furniture were always displayed and photographed alongside the textiles, carpets and other accessories that the company sold, creating an example of interior design for customers to view. Jas Shoolbred was granted a Royal warrant by the mid-1880's and their Victorian furniture was of the finest quality available during the late Victorian period.
H: 56.5 in / 143.5 cm W: 53.5 in / 135.9 cm D: 2 in / 5.1 cm
Stock Reference No: A2697