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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A William IV mahogany breakfront secretaire bookcase, with satin wood stringing and ivory escutcheon, the fallfron drawer revealing pigeon holles and drwers, (Gr patent double pin locks) 152 width x 46 depth x 233 cm height

An English flame mahogany four door breakfront bookcase having four panelled doors below and four astragal glazed doors above. 240 cm high, 278 cm wide, 47 cm deep

A fine English mahogany four door breakfront bookcase having four panelled doors below, four central drawers and four astragal glazed doors above. 223 cm high, 233 cm wide, 51 cm deep

An impressive Victorian mahogany library book-case, 1860s/70s, of three-bay break-front form, the upper section with moulded cornice with modillions above six sliding glazed doors enclosing adjustable shelves, the projecting lower section with six panelled

A George III mahogany four door breakfront bookcase, 243 cm high, 196 cm wide, 46 cm deep

A 19th century Australian cedar breakfront secretaire bookcase, with carved scrolls and shell cartouche to the arched pediment above three arched glazed doors, a central secretaire drawer above recessed doors and flanked by doors with applied carved scroll

An Art Deco Maghogany bookcase display cabinet, circa 1920s-30s, the elegant cabinet with arching glazed doors with palisander detailing and a conforming arched top flanked by slender pillar form breakfront cupboards with feather banded veneer doors openin

A European walnut bookcase, later 19th century, with an extended concave cornice, a single glazed door above an extended section with a pulvinated and fluted frieze drawer, two burr walnut panelled doors upon a breakfront base with squashed bun feet, embel

A mahogany breakfront bookcase, 19th century having a dentil moulded cornice to the top with blind fretwork carving, below which there are four astragal glazed doors opening to reveal adjustable shelves, the lower section with four doors with inset panels

A fine Victorian flame mahogany four door inverted break front bookcase. 217 cm high, 263 cm wide, 55 cm deep.

Victorian walnut breakfront elevated bookcase, with 3 glazed doors above 3 timber panel doors, 181 cm wide, 70 cm deep, 205 cm high

A Victorian mahogany four door breakfront secretaire bookcase. 215 cm high, 217 cm long, 60 cm depth

Quality 19th century mahogany breakfront library bookcase of four glazed doors above four panelled doors

Victorian mahogany breakfront bookcase, with 4 glass doors over three drawers & 4 timber panelled doors, 158 cm wide, 224 cm high approx.

A fine French 19th century breakfront kingwood dwarf bookcase, with an inverted cornice a decorated parquetry frieze, above four open shelves on a plinth. 148 cm high, 314 cm wide, 41 cm deep

A fine English mahogany breakfront secretaire bookcase, with a moulded cornice above four astragal glazed doors, the lower section with a secretaire drawer above graduated drawers flanked by doors, each having a front of sham drawers. 217 cm high, 23 cm wi

Impressive English mahogany breakfront three door bookcase, approx 235 cm high, 185 cm wide, 53 cm deep

William IV breakfront mahogany bookcase of attractive proportions

19th century English mahogany breakfront floor bookcase, three doors with astragal glazing, three shelves. Approx 124 cm high, 183 cm long, 33.5 cm deep

A particularly fine burr walnut breakfront bookcase, with a moulded cornice, above a pair of glazed doors with drawers below, flanked by smaller glazed doors, the lower section with four panelled doors supported on a plinth..237 cm high, 190 cm wide, 51 cm

Victorian walnut library breakfront bookcase, the moulded cornice, above a glazed door flanked pillars and glazed doors, the lower section with shaped drawer above a pair of panel doors flanked by panel doors and corbels. Provenance: acorn Antiques. 267 cm

A superb 20th century mahogany breakfront four door bookcase having astragal glazed doors with cupboards below

English breakfront mahogany bookcase with glazed top & cupboard base

A breakfront mahogany bookcase, English, circa 1880, 220 cm high, approx. 190 cm wide, 48 cm deep

A mahogany breakfront bookcase, English, 19th century, 135 cm high, 35 cm deep, 180 cm wide

Antique Victorian rosewood breakfront floor bookcase, approx 138 cm high, 214 cm wide, 48 cm depth

A Victorian style mahogany breakfront bookcase, of pleasing simple lines, with a deep ogee moulded pediment above three round arched glazed doors with moulding, the extended lower section with square panelled cupboards and the whole supported on a plinth b

A Victorian style mahogany breakfront bookcase, of pleasing simple lines, with a deep ogee moulded pediment above three round arched glazed doors with moulding, the extended lower section with square panelled cupboards and the whole supported on a plinth b

A French breakfront Bibliotheque, with moulded cornice, above a glazed door flanked by grilled doors on turned feet. 183 cm high, 163 cm wide, 37 cm deep

Antique French walnut three door breakfront bookcase/armoire with fluted turn columns and display sections to the sides, approx 195 cm wide, 243 cm long

A large Australian cedar and rose mahogany six door breakfront bookcase, circa 1850, the moulded cornice above three pairs of geometrically glazed doors divided by applied panelled columns, enclosing later adjustable shelves, above three pairs of panelled

Leadlight breakfront bookcase a 4 door leadlight bookcase above 4 timber panel doors, 200 cm wide, 199 cm high

Large mahogany breakfront bookcase a 4 door glass fronted bookcase above 4 marquetry inlay doors, 249 cm wide, 52 cm deep, 233 cm high

A secretaire four door bookcase, of breakfront form with a dentil moulded pediment above four astragal glazed panelled doors decorated with fluted pilasters and Corinthian capitals; a central drawer above two cupboard doors flanked by single drawers and cu

Antique Edwardian breakfront floor open bookcase, fitted with a leaded glass display top section, 183 cm high, 324 cm wide

19th century mahogany breakfront glazed bookcase of four glazed doors to the top section, four panelled doors below

A Regency style bookcase, 20th century, a 'Henredon's 18th century Portfolio' veneered breakfront library bookcase with four arched glazed doors with fan motifs, enclosing glass shelves and with provision for internal lighting, the base with four panelled

Rare Victorian mahogany breakfront bookcase with three glazed upper doors and panelled doors below

Antique Georgian mahogany library bookcase, of break front design, the central two door cupboard opens to reveal a bank of pull out slides, flanked by two banks of drawers, 243 cm high x 248 cm wide

A Louis XVI style mahogany bibliotheque, circa 1880, of breakfront form with three full length doors, the central door part glazed, all opening to adjustable shelving, the doors and sides with quarter veneered reserves, stringing and rosewood crossbanding,

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