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 Empire-Stye ormolu-mounted mahogany bibliotheque, first half 20th century, the moulded cornice above a pair of arch-glazed and panelled doors enclosing adjustable shelves, on a plinth base with paw feet, the front with neo-classical ormolu mounts throug

A French Louis XV style oak bibliotheque with a domed cornice above a pair of glazed doors on short carved cabriole legs. 260 cm high, 112 cm wide, 42 cm deep

A French walnut bibliotheque in the Empire style, circa 1880, having a strongly rectangular profile with a squared pediment above partly glazed long doors, flanked by tapering pilasters with engraved brass embellishments to the capitals and bases, with a s

A French flame mahogany bibliotheque, circa 1880, in the Louis Philippe style, with a simple moulded pediment with ogee profile, the rectangular glazed door opening to three shelves, two lower full length drawers, one keyed and the other within the moulded

Northern French or Flemish bibliotheque in carved oak with glazed top & shelves, cupboards & drawers below c.1800

French walnut bibliotheque with drawer, bevelled glass door & shelving

A burr-walnut brass mounted bibliotheque, French, mid 19th century, 210 cm approx. high, 94 cm wide, 43 cm deep

A tall burr-walnut bibliotheque, French, mid 19th century, 220 cm approx. high, 96 cm wide, 40 cm deep

A pair of flame mahogany bibliotheques, French, mid 19th century, 193 cm high, 95 cm wide, 40 cm deep

A French Louis XV style mahogany bibliotheque, the yellow marble top, above an inverted cornice, and a pair of brass grilled doors, on tapering legs with ormolu sabots. 166 cm high, 123 cm wide, 37 cm deep.

A French walnut library bibliotheque, the moulded cornice, above a glazed door, flanked by panel doors each with satinwood banding, on turned legs. 180 cm high, 160 cm wide, 47 cm deep.

A French Louis XV style walnut bibliotheque, the green marble top, above a pair of glazed doors, flanked by canted corners, on tapering legs with ormolu sabots. 157 cm high, 101 cm long, 39 cm deep.

A French walnut bibliotheque in the Henri II style, circa 1880, with a finely moulded cornice surmounted by a gallery with spindles, foliate scrolls and finials above two full length partly glazed and panelled doors flanked by full length fluted and turned

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

A French palisander bibliotheque. Ornately carved with a pair of doors.

A French Empire style mahogany bibliotheque, the frieze with applied ormolu anthemion above a glazed door flanked by pilasters, ormolu corbels and panel doors each with bronze portrait medallions on legs terminating in ormolu paw feet. 178 cm high, 160 cm

A good antique French walnut bibliotheque in the Louis XV manner, late 19th/early 20th century, the shaped and moulded cornice and panelled frieze above a pair of bevel-glazed doors enclosing five original adjustable shelves, a concealed drawer below forMi

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,

A Continental walnut breakfront bibliotheque, with a rouge marble top above a moulded cornice, and four glazed doors enclosing adjustable shelves on turned tapering feet. 213 cm high, 184 cm wide, 34 cm deep

A good Louis XVI-style walnut bibliotheque, late 19th/early 20th century, the moulded cornice and frieze with well-carved crest and details above a pair of glazed and panelled doors enclosing adjustable shelves, on turned feet, finely moulded details throu

A French Empire style mahogany bibliotheque, with a shaped cornice above a pair of glazed doors flanked with pillars on a shaped plinth with ormolu anthemion decoration

A Louis XVI-style walnut bibliotheque, late 19th/early 20th century, the arched cornice with crest above a frieze carved with draped swags and a pair of glazed doors enclosing adjustable shelves, a concealed drawer to the base, on flattened bun feet, the d

A good Napoleon III figured mahogany bibliotheque, third quarter 19th century, the well-carved crest and moulded cornice and frieze above the glazed door enclosing adjustable shelves, two drawers to the base, one concealed in the shaped apron, on chamfered

A Napoleon III walnut bibliotheque, third quarter 19th century, the carved crest and moulded cornice and frieze above the glazed door enclosing adjustable shelves, two drawers to the base, one concealed in the plinth. Height 242 cm. Width 105 cm. Depth 46

A French Napoleon III kingwood bibliotheque, the cornice and frieze with floral marquetry decoration, below a pair of glazed and panelled marquetry decorated doors.196 cm high, 100 cm wide.

A French 19th century kingwood bibliotheque, with a moulded cornice, above a marquetry decorated frieze, below a pair of grilled doors flanked by ormolu corbels on cabriole legs with ormolu sabots.175 cm high, 115 cm wide 37 cm deep.

A French walnut bibliotheque, with inverted cornice, above a frieze with ormolu roundels, below a grilled door flanked by parquetry decorated doors and ormolu corbels, above a shaped apron with short moulded feet with ormolu sabots.190 cm high, 154 cm, wid

A French late 19th century walnut bibliotheque, breakfront with a moulded cornice above three glazed doors on bun feet.225 cm high, 169 cm wide 44 cm deep.

A French kingwood and parquetry decorated bibliotheque, with a marble top, below a pair glazed doors on turned tapering supports.158 cm high, 81 cm wide, 35 cm deep.

A decorative French plum pudding mahogany bibliotheque with a moulded cornice, above a frieze with satinwood banding flanked by ormolu corbels, below a central grilled door with a panel inlaid satinwood urn flanked by satinwood urn inlaid doors on turned f

A provincial oak bibliotheque, French, 19th century, the concave cornice above two scroll panelled glazed doors and two apron drawers, on scroll carved feet 190 cm wide, 58 cm deep, 233 cm high

A French kingwood bibliotheque, 19th century, the central glazed door flanked by two panelled doors and ormolu corbels standing on tapering supports. Height 160 cm. Length 142 cm. Width 36 cm

A French walnut bibliotheque, circa 1890 the moulded cornice above a pair of glazed doors with carved panels enclosing three adjustable shelves flanked by fluted columns, over a single long drawer, raised on squat bun feet 104 cm wide, 48 cm deep, 161 cm h

A fine French flame mahogany bibliotheque, with a moulded cornice, above a pair of glazed doors with brass banding, on turned tapering feet. Height 222 cm. Width 126 cm. Depth 43 cm.

A fine French walnut bibliotheque, with a moulded cornice above three glazed doors, flanked by mahogany cross banded pilasters with ormolu corbels on a shaped base with tapering legs. Height 202 cm. Width 164 cm. Depth 50 cm.

A French Bibliotheque, with a marble top above a grilled door flanked by marquetry decorated doors with a shaped apron on short cabriole legs with ormolu sabots.

A French kingwood bombe shaped bibliotheque, with three glazed doors flanked by corbels, on tapering supports with ormolu sabots. Height 180 cm. Width 79 cm. Depth 49 cm.

A French kingwood bibliotheque, with a moulded cornice, three glazed doors with satinwood panels banded with kingwood below, on tapering short legs. Height 184 cm. Width 191 cm. Depth 42 cm.

A French Louis XV style tulipwood bibliotheque, with a moulded cornice, two glazed doors above a writing slide and a pair of panelled doors, on short cabriole legs. Height 180 cm. Width 140 cm. Depth 35 cm.

A transitional style thuya, mahogany and gilt metal mounted bibliotheque, early 20th century, the inverted cornice above a central grilled door enclosing shelves flanked by two long doors with lion's head decoration, raised on short tapered feet, 195 cm wi

A fine French kingwood bibliotheque with marble top a pair of glazed panel doors flanked by ormolu sabots with floral marquetry and parquetry decoration on short cabriole supports with ormolu sabots

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