We are pleased to offer for sale this antique cylinder bureau desk dating from around 1870 and featuring floral marquetry.

This lovely antique cylinder bureau desk is crafted from the finest flame mahogany and the cylinder is inlaid with marquetry featuring a large urn with garlands. The drawers also have lovely foliate scrolled marquetry.

The desk opens to reveal a sliding mechanism fitted interior which has six pigeon holes and six small drawers. The inset burgundy leather gold tooled writing surface can be pulled out to make sitting at the antique cylinder bureau desk more comfortable.

Raised on the square tapered legs that finish in brass capped toes and castors, this antique bureau plat has a neatness that means it will not dominate the space in which it is placed, whilst remaining a very beautiful and functional piece of furniture.


There are two frieze drawers which feature the original elegant brass handles and working locks and keys.The left hand frieze drawer bears the ivorine label of the retailer: ‘JAS. SHOOLBRED & CO. TOTTENHAM CT. ROAD, LONDON.’ denoting that this antique cylinder bureau desk has a fine pedigree.

James Shoolbred started his company with the purchase of number 155 Tottenham Court Road in the 1820s selling textiles for the growing interior design market. He expanded rapidly to include a haberdashers and carpet warehouse as well as an expanded selection of textiles. He went on to develop the technique of showing a fully furnished and decorated room in his store which encouraged customers to buy the whole ensemble without the need to hire an interior designer.

By the 1870s the company had started to design and make their own furniture which appeared alongside other interior accessories in catalogues which they started to publish from about 1873 onwards. The catalogues were used to expand the appeal of the company beyond the London store. Furniture design became an increasingly important part of the company and their catalogues included all the major fashionable Revival movements ranging from Gothic to Japanese as well a numerous French styles. This wonderful antique cylinder bureau desk was typical of their furniture offerings.  Despite its popularity, the company never really recovered from the 1929 crash and they went out of business in 1931.

This marvellous antique cylinder bureau desk is in excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and re-polished as well as having the leather relined in our workshops. Please take a moment to look at the photos to satisfy yourself of the condition of this wonderful piece.

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Item Reference Number 8863

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