A stunning Edwardian mahogany kidney shaped desk by James Shoolbred, London. Line inlaid throughout and with exquisite marquetry detail depicting motifs of swags of flowerheads, scroll and leaf detail. The moulded top fitted with green embossed tooled leather writing skiver surface, raised over frieze with single centred long drawer flanked with two sets of two short drawers, all fitted with escutcheons and decorative pulls, supported on square tapering leg terminating on spade foot.
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 furniture was 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-1880s and their Victorian furniture was of the finest quality available during the late Victorian period.