James Shoolbred or JAS Shoolbred started in the 1820s as a Drapery business in London. In the 1860s they started makling furniture of high quality and moved to a larger premises in Tottenham Court Road ,London.
They became a department store of some note selling fashionable and coordinated wares. They ceased trading in 1931.
This oak bureau was made by JAS Shoolbred probably in the 1920s. It is extremely rare and sought after. The makers label is inside the top drawer.
Very well made, simple and stylish, compact too. Comprises two drawers and drop front flap with leather pad. Two extending supports automatically slide out when the flap is lowered and retract accordingly when closed, nice touch.
The fitted interior has been removed and the unit has been adapted I think for computer use as a hole has been cut in the back for cables etc. The interior sections were pretty simple 4 upright dividers from what can be seen, these could easily be replaced if desired.
This possibly is how most bureaus are used today, for laptop etc, they have had a resurgence in popularity for that reason. Smart and stylish furniture being used practically with todays technology. Brass handles and fittings, lovely golden colour to the oak.
Measures 23.75 inches across, 16 deep, 39 tall. Flap open depth to back 25 inches, interior height 9 inches.
In good presentable condition with age related wear, no damage seen, interior because of the sections missing etc has the most wear.
This maker is in high demand and bureau's are very rare, this is the only one of these I have seen, even from research, much of their production seems to be ornate inlaid mahogany work.
Presents very well. A delightful piece, charming and high quality, inspections wellcome.
This item can be viewed at Up The Junction antiques shop.
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