James Shoolbred & Co. of Tottenham Court Road, are recorded at the Victoria and Albert Museum as furniture makers and became one of the first large department stores in London. They expanded from a small draper business and started to manufacture high quality furniture in circa 1870, for which they were given a Royal warrant by the mid-1880s.
In the 1878 Paris Universal Exhibition they exhibited 'a very extensive selection of items'. Much of the furniture they designed was influenced by the 'Aesthetic Taste', popularised by Oscar Wilde and the architect E.W. Godwin.
An pair of hall stools of this design was sold from the collection of Mary, Viscountess Rothermere, in these Rooms, 16 April 1994, lot 150 ($21,000).