An unusual Arts and Crafts style oak secretaire by the noted furniture company James Shoolbred & Co, London. Dating from around 1900, the secretaire is in the form of a small upright piano, with a fall front top opening to a pigeon-hole designed interior above a pair of lower doors enclosing a single shelf cupboard.
The pigeon hole interior is lacking part of the bottom section but this does not detract from the overall appearance. There is a central section which slides out and drawers to either side, one of which houses two glass inkwells, which come with it but I don't think are original.
The fall front has the original leather insert which is in good but well used condition. The lower cupboard is shelved in pine and the back panel is also pine panelled (this has suffered some woodworm attack and some shrinkage in the past but it is still very sound and has been thoroughly treated). The original locks and keys are intact and working and the James Shoolbred stamp can be seen on the edge of the fall-front.The base has bracket feet to the front and two hidden castors to the rear to assist with moving the piece. Overall condition is good but well used, with signs of wear and tear commensurate with age and one or two turned screw covers are missing or have been over filled - please refer to the photographs which form part of this description. Overall measurements are 36 inches (910mm) wide by 55 inches (1400mm) high by 18.5 inches (470mm) deep - maximum depth with the fall front down is 29.5 inches (750mm). A really attractive and quirky piece of period furniture which is still very usable and of good practical size. Thank you for looking and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
The item "### UNUSUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS OAK SECRETAIRE JAMES SHOOLBRED ###" is in sale since Friday, February 02, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Antique Furniture\Bureaux\Victorian (1837-1901)".
The seller is "jandi1010" and is located in POWYS. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.