James Shoolbred Aesthetic Movement Hallchair c 1870

James Shoolbred Aesthetic Movement Hallchair c 1870

A rare aesthetic movement stool, designed by James Shoolbred, japanned walnut, mounted in brass. Excellent original condition, with nicely worn edges to the finish. The ends brass disk bosses. Conceived in a functional, sabre legged form, mounted in brass, the design both revived earlier Regency designs & incorporated the rectangular, ebonized forms of the ‘Japonisme’ of EW Godwin. A closely related stool in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. 65cmH x 54cm W x 33cm D

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[James Shoolbred and Co. (aka Jas Shoolbred) were established in the 1820s at 155 Tottenham Court Road. It was originally a drapers supplying the furniture trade. In the late 1860s/early 1870s the company began designing, manufacturing and selling high quality furniture, of their own design. Their sophisticated designs referenced Regency aesthetics which were informed by antiquity – Greek/Roman styles.

The company’s sales catalogue features guides to Victorian home owners about how to put room sets together to achieve a desirable aesthetic, ‘a guide to good taste’. In the 1880s, Shoolbred had opened the city’s first large department store on Tottenham Court Road, London. In the mid 1880s Schoolbred was granted a Royal Warrant, testament to the quality of their furniture.

The company ceased trading in 1931].