James Shoolbred & Co. are recorded at the Victoria and Albert Museum as furniture makers. They exhibited 'a very extensive selection of items' in the 1878 Paris Universal Exhibition. Much of the furniture they designed was influenced by the 'Aesthetic Taste', popularised by the architect E.W. Godwin.
A pair of Shoolbred stools, with maker's stamp and kite registration mark, was sold anonymously, in these Rooms, 6 February 1997, lot 54.