Learn about Bookcases

The glass-fronted bookcase entered the English cabinetmakers' repertoire about the mid-17th century, and the bookcase in one form or another has been an indispensable part of the civilized person's home ever since.The 17th century bookcase tended to be a glazed cabinet from plinth to pediment, with square glass panes. The later Stuart period saw the introduction of the bureau bookcase or the secretaire bookcase, where the bookshelves were double-heightened above a desk or cupboard base. Early bureau bookcases often had mirror or blind-panelled door fronts, although these have frequently been replaced with clear glass panes. During the Regency period, the fashion arose for small cabinet bookcases, rarely more than three feet in height, which left the walls clear for hanging prints and pictures, known in the trade as a 'dwarf bookcase'. Such bookcases were sometimes open at the front, others had elegant brass-grille doors, backed by pleated silk. A bookcase without doors is known in the trade as an 'open bookcase'. The revolving bookcase was invented during the 18th century. more...
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.
If you are seeking to purchase similar items CLICK HERE to view 40 similar items being offered for sale by dealers at our AntiquesPlus site.

An Australian cedar glazed two door bookcase, 19th century, 233 cm high, 137 cm wide, 51 cm deep

A fine Australian cedar Gothic style two door secretaire bookcase fitted with Tasmanian huon pine drawers. 255 cm high, 136 cm wide, 59 cm deep

An Australian Tasmanian blackwood two door bookcase. 235 cm high, 128 cm wide, 60 cm deep

Antique mid 19th century Australian cedar secretaire bookcase, fitted with arched glazed two door top, above a single fall front drawer, revealing a fitted interior, the drawer front crossed to the outer edge, fitted with turned knobs. The two door base, f

A two door kauri pine bookcase with glazed upper panels 195 x 110 x 47 cm

Beard Watson bureau bookcase, with glass door bookcase (1 glass panel missing), over fall front bureau, 2 drawers and 2 doors, 111 cm wide, 215 cm high

NZ stained kauri Art Nouveau cabinet bookcase moulded cornice, adjustable shelving enclosed by two glazed doors, the base with two doors, cupboards below enclosed by two carved panel doors, box base

Australin colonial cedar bookcase early two door cedar bookcase measuring approximately 101 x 2,200 cm. Two glass doors opening to shelving with original support. Said to be of Victorian manufacture.

Victorian cedar bookcase, double glazed doors over two drawers and two doors

A West Australian Government Railways two door glazed bookcase, c.1900, cedar and pine construction, having 2 upper glazed doors with adjustable shelves, and 2 drawers over lower 2 door cupboard, on a plinth base. Height 241 cm. Width 143 cm. Depth 64 cm

Cedar Gothic style bookcase with two door cupboard base, raised panels and scrolled pediment

Antique cedar elevated bookcase with sliding glazed doors above 1 drawer and two doors 103 cm wide, 23 cm high

Colonial cedar elevated bookcase, two glass fronted doors opening to adjustable shelves; two doors lower to shelved base. Height 247 cm. Depth 47 cm. Width 95 cm

An Australian two door cedar wardrobe, circa 1830, the ogee moulded cornice above a pair of matched ribbon grained panelled doors with wide cross-banding and a stepped arch to the top, flanked by a pair of plain columns with turned capitals and bases, encl

A 19th century Australian cedar two door, glass fronted bookcase. Width 115 cm. Depth 49 cm. Height 184 cm

Bookcase cedar Victorian style glazed top two door single drawer

New Zealand Colonial burr kauri and native timber bookcase chiffonier two glazed doors, scroll framed, opening to reveal adjustable shelves on two door base with turned column supports