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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 136

    A LATE VICTORIAN BRASS-MOUNTED WALNUT HALL STAND

    ATTRIBUTED TO JAMES SHOOLBRED & CO., LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A LATE VICTORIAN BRASS-MOUNTED WALNUT HALL STAND
    ATTRIBUTED TO JAMES SHOOLBRED & CO., LATE 19TH CENTURY
    The rectangular reeded tablet shelf with shaped galleried back, above a frieze drawer with convex quarter fillets and an original handle, on shaped pierced supports, the sides with an open back and curved brass rail above a pierced galleried shelf, the sides with segmental removable black-painted metal trays trays, on reeded and moulded plinths, with shaped brass feet, the drawer stamped with registration mark for 3 November 1883
    39½ in. (100 cm.) high; 40 in. (101.5 cm.) wide; 13½ in. (34.5 cm.) deep


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    A hall stand of this model was sold anonymously, in these Rooms, 13 September 2007, lot 1133 (£8,500 including premium).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    JAMES SHOOLBRED AND CO.

    James Shoolbred and Company was located on Tottenham Court Road, a thriving center for fashionable furniture shops from the 1860s. They operated one of the first great department stores in London, and while their trade was diverse, they began producing furniture in around 1870. They issued an important catalogue of the firm's work in 1876 and earned a Royal warrant in the mid-1880s. Their output encompassed all prevailing styles including Art furniture, 'Old English' and 'Japanese' as is evident from the 1878 Paris Universal Exhibition in which they offered 'a very extensive selection of items' (E. Joy, ed., Pictorial Dictionary of British 19th Century Furniture Design, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1977, p. xxxvi). Much of the furniture they designed was influenced by the 'Aesthetic Taste', popularised by Oscar Wilde and the architect E. W. Godwin.