A Late Victorian Period mahogany inlaid antique revolving bookcase by James Shoolbred. The solid mahogany square top having a stunning marquetry, ivory and penwork inlaid panel with a boxwood banded border. Each open end having two mahogany horizontal shelves with six beautifully turned mahogany spindle divisions. The revolving top raised on a superb quality solid mahogany base with cabriole legs, stamped to the underside REG,D 732 which is a known design from James Shoolbred of London. The revolving mechanism has an iron frame for extra stability, English circa 1890-1900
The name of James Shoolbred & Co is highly respected among admirers of Aesthetic Movement furniture in Preston and Cumbria. Their antique desks, Victorian dining chairs and antique marquetry furniture were produced for wealthy households up to 1931. A particularly fine example of James Shoolbred antique marquetry furniture – an ornate piano by designer Henry Batley – is on display at the V & A museum, London.
Established in the 1820s, James Shoolbred’s Tottenham Court Road company began life as a drapers. It began supplying textiles to the furniture trade, and expanded into the stores either side, branching into interior design. By the 1870s, the company was designing and manufacturing its own furniture
Condition: This bookcase is in beautiful condition, re-polished.
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