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    Sale 7439

    Important English Furniture

    22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 683

    A LATE VICTORIAN OAK BRASS-MOUNTED HALL STAND

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

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    A LATE VICTORIAN OAK BRASS-MOUNTED HALL STAND
    ATTRIBUTED TO JAMES SHOOLBRED & CO., LATE 19TH CENTURY
    Headed by a baluster gallery above a shelf with a drawer below with original handle and convex quarter-fillets, above a lower shelf with baluster galleries, flanked by D-shaped stick stands with metal drip-trays, on tapering block feet, the drawer stamped with diamond patent mark
    39¼ in. (100 cm.) high; 39¼ in. (100 cm.) wide; 12¼ in. (31 cm.) deep


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    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. The patent diamond dates to 4 November 1883. 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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