• The Decorative Arts Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2827

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    22 - 23 September 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 525

    A Victorian oak desk


    Price Realised  


    A Victorian oak desk
    Mid 19th Century
    The moulded rectangular superstructure with central mirror panel, opening to reveal a gilt-tooled green leather lined writing surface enclosing a fitted interior with seven open compartments, flanked to each side by three drawers, above a central drawer and a kneehole, flanked to each side by four drawers, the lock inscribed Hobbs & co London, old label to the reverse inscribed Made for James Shoolbred & co, Tottenham House, London
    127 cm. high x 150 cm. wide x 76 cm. deep

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    James Shoolbred established a drapery business in the 1820s in Tottenham Court Road London. The firm continually expanded both their range of products and their size of premises throughout the nineteenth century. By the 1870s, the store was noted for its substantial and elegant displays of home furnishings. Around 1873, James Shoolbred entered the furniture trade and in the 1880s, the various physical additions to the site were rebuilt into a new department store. The business eventually closed in 1931.

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