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...

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

A mahogany two door bookcase, 19th century, the low bookcase of shallow form, with two large slightly arched glazed doors opening to two shelves, and raised on a plinth base. Height 98 cm. Width 153 cm. Depth 24 cm.

A large antique two door bookcase or display cabinet, late 19th to early 20th century, with a shaped extended cornice above two glazed doors opening to internal shelving above a pair of framed cupboards with diagonal shiplap panels, similar to the sides, a

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

A William IV flame mahogany secretaire two door library bookcase with two central drawers and two horizontal glazed doors above. 260 cm high, 125 cm wide, 59 cm deep

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

A George IV flame mahogany secretaire two door bookcase having four drawers below. 220 cm high, 106 cm wide, 52 cm deep

A French walnut, two door glazed bookcase, c.1900, with four adjustable interior shelves. Height 197.5 cm. Width 108 cm. Depth 40 cm

A Georgian mahogany astragal glazed, secretaire bookcase, bureau, the top part with two doors and three interior shelves, the base with pullout shelf, over fold-out door with tooled leather writing surface; the interior with stationery compartments and dra

An English Regency bow fronted mahogany bookcase, circa 1810 having a bowed pediment to the top, two astragal glazed doors opening to reveal adjustable shelves, below which there is a full width secretaire drawer with ormolu ring handles, opening to reveal

Pine two door bookcase cabinet 134 cm wide, 43 cm deep, 194 cm high

Fine antique Sheraton revival bookcase cabinet with marquetry and cross banded inlay, consisting of a glazed 2 door bookcase cabinet elevated on a 2 tier table with 2 drawers, 91.5 cm wide, 55 cm deep, 177 cm high approx

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

Antique Victorian glazed two door bookcase with two drawers and doors below

Vintage pine 2 door bookcase with adjustable shelves, on squat cabriole legs, 107 cm wide, 31.5 cm deep, 119 cm high

Antique English mahogany two door bookcase display cabinet, by J S Henry London, fitted with a lift top fall front display section, above a base, the top astral glazed two door bookcase, approx 226 cm high, 111 cm wide, 62 cm deep

Antique 19th century French oak two door bookcase with glazed doors, approx 22- cm x 138 cm

Antique French carved oak two door bookcase, two drawers below, lower panels carved in relief with musical trophies, lions back in relief to the pelmet, approx 230 cm high, 110 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A mahogany, two door bookcase, secretaire, with two door astragal glazed top and adjustable interior shelves. the base has a pullout secretaire drawer, with foldout tooled leather writing surface and rear interior stationery drawers, letter rack compartmen

A Georgian astragal glazed two door bookcase, late 18th / early 19th century, the top part bookcase with three interior shelves; the base with two half drawers over three full size drawers. Height 211 cm. Width 125 cm. Depth 52 cm

A Victorian burr walnut and inlaid marquetry decorated two door bookcase. 216 cm high, 137 cm wide, 46 cm deep.

An English mahogany two door library bookcase with horizontal glazed doors. 210 cm high, 86 cm wide, 47 cm deep.

A mid - Victorian flame mahogany two door bookcase. 225 cm high, 142 cm wide, 56 cm deep.

An English flame mahogany secretaire two door bookcase. 247 cm high, 160 cm wide, 42 cm deep.

Gothic revival oak bookcase part 19th century the cornice surmounted by a pierced frieze with architectural finials, above two doors enclosing shelved interiors. Height 119 cm. Width 94 cm. Depth 31 cm. Provenance: from the Abbey at Annandale. Purchased fr

Antique French Renaissance style carved oak two door bookcase, approx 219 cm high, 130 cm wide, 46 cm deep

Antique Henri II walnut two door bookcase, approx 216 cm high, 142 cm wide, 47 cm deep

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

Vintage oak leadlight two door bookcase, approx 167 cm high, 91 cm wide, 28 cm deep

Edwardian walnut elevated bookcase with glazed 2 door bookcase above 2 drawers and 2 timber panel doors,122 cm wide, 212 cm high

An early 19th century mahogany two door bookcase, the dentil moulded pediment above two astragal glazed doors enclosing two sides of four adjustable shelves, supported on a moulded platform base, 127.5 cm width x 44 cm depth x 200 cm height.

Antique Georgian style bow front two door bookcase with cross banding and string inlay decoration, approx 216 cm high, 107 cm wide

Antique French Henri II two door bookcase, single drawer, carved decoration, approx 237 cm high, 156 cm wide, 55 cm deep

Vintage oak bureau bookcase, with glazed door bookcase over 4 front bureau, 2 drawers and 2 doors, 86 cm wide, 194 cm high

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

Antique French inlaid two door bookcase, approx 139 cm high, 91 cm wide

A small 19th century two door bookcase in the Sheraton style, Shoolbread label

English yew veneered elevated bookcase, with two glass panel doors over two drawers and two doors, 99 cm wide, 35.5 deep, 193 cm high.

Antique 2 door bookcase, with adjustable shelves, 125 cm wide, 102 cm high