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 cedar open bookshelf, Australian, circa 1860, 96 cm high, 99 cm wide, 29 cm deep. Provenance: The Caressa Crouch & Carl Gonsalves Collection

A French burr walnut and gilt metal mounted bibliotheque, first half 20th century, the shaped apron with gilt metal mounts below open shelves 130 width x 42 depth x 103 cm height

An Australian cedar open face bookcase, circa 1850, Originally the property of Hamon Charles Ellison Rich following his admission to the bar, he later became President of the Law Society and had a brother who was a high court judge, he passed away in 1926

An Australian Federation open cedar floor bookcase with four shelves, 123 x 124 x 30 cm

Large open bookcase cabinet divides into 2 parts for removal, the top part with adjustable shelves, 183 cm wide, 42 cm deep, 217 cm high approx

An Art Deco rosewood bookcase cupboard, circa 1930s-40s, the serpentine shaped bookcase with two cupboard doors, one full length, the other with an open partition above and two drawers below, the interior with shelving to both sides, raised on an undulatin

A late Victorian Aesthetic mahogany bookcase, the rectangular top with spindle gallery and ball finials above velvet lined concave backed recess with turned column supports above bookcase with open shelving, 137 cm width x 28 cm depth x 140 cm high.

Late 19th century French ebonised and brass inlaid open bookcase with galleried top and ormolu mounts.

A small Australian blackwood open bookcase in the arts and crafts style, circa 1900. 106 cm high, 66 cm wide, 28 cm deep

A mahogany and gilt metal five tier open bookcase, French, circa 1920, 213 cm high, 101 cm wide, 25 cm deep

An Edwardian blackwood revolving bookcase, with a square top, above an open body with multiple shelves and slatted sides, above a swivel base, 90 x 83.5 x 90 cm

Victorian open bookcase with 3 shelves flanked by fluted columns, 136 cm wide, 101 cm high

Oak 4 tier open front bookcase 64 cm wide, 128 cm high approx

Pine open shelf bookcase, approx 210 cm high, 130 cm wide, 36 cm deep

Rare 19th century English oak library bookcase with adjustable open shelving

A pair of French mahogany open shelf bookcases. 100 cm high, 84 cm long, 23 cm deep

An open bookcase on castors the body consisting of four open shelves, on castors, (wear), 250 x 188 x 60.5 cm

An early Regency period, mahogany open bookcase, circa 1810, the brass gallery top above three graduated shelves with scroll moulded sides and a Rosso marble top on a cupboard on turned legs with brass castors, 54.5 cm width x 31.5 cm depth x 152 cm height

A pair of Regency simulated rosewood open pine wall mounted Bookshelves, circa 1830. The curved shaped surmount above three shelves with carved 'S' shaped supports and waisted form back splats, 79 cm width x 16.5 cm depth x 88.5 cm height. Provenance: Purc

A good Regency rosewood open bookcase, circa 1830. The raised shelf with pierced brass gallery mount on 'S' form ormolu mounted supports, the base with two adjustable shelves and cut brass inlay, on a platform base with ormolu mount, 87.5 cm width x 29 cm

An unusual French walnut bookcase cabinet, early 20th century. Possibly of ecclesiastical origin with a stepped extended top and a central arched section with a pair of deeply recessed slender doors opening to shelving, flanked by open bookcases supported

A cedar open bookshelf, Australian, 19th/20th century, 55 cm high, 122 cm wide, 27 cm deep

A cedar four-tier open bookshelf, Australian, circa 1840, 127 cm high, 115 cm wide, 24 cm deep.

A cedar open bookshelf, Australian, circa 1860, 96 cm high, 99 cm wide, 29 cm deep

Empire style open bookcase with adjustable shelves, 107 cm wide, 101.5 cm high

Vintage open bookcase on ball claw feet, 107 cm wide, 91 cm high

A Regency rosewood double open bookcase, the back with plain architectural pediment and a shelf with three 'S' supports, the two open sections each with three shelves; turned half columns to each side and the central divider, raised on six bun feet. 75 cm

A Regency rosewood and brass-inlaid open bookcase, circa 1820. 211 cm high, 142 cm wide and 26 cm deep

A small leather inset mahogany open bookshelf, English, early 20th century. 58 cm high, 55 cm wide, 35 cm deep

A stained pine three tier open bookcase. 91 cm high, 97 cm wide, 29 cm deep

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

Antique Renaissance style carved oak floor open bookcase, approx 143 cm high, 152 cm wide, 36 cm deep

An exceptional Queen Anne - George I period walnut double-dome bureau bookcase of small proportions, with ogee moulded cornice above a pair of shaped moulded mirrored doors, the mirrors with soft edge bevels and cut with attractive starbursts and crescents

A Louis XIV walnut open bookcase, French, 18th century. 110 cm high, 93 cm wide, 46 cm deep

Small cherry wood bookcase with open niche to top shelf, approx 80 cm high, 148 cm wide x 40 cm deep, circa 20th century

Victorian rosewood open bookcase the top with two open shelves supporting by spiral turned uprights, adjustable shelving beneath with spiral turned uprights on small turned feet (the whole with egg and dart moulding)

Vintage walnut elevated bookcase, with glass door bookcase above an open top, slide out writing surface, 4 drawers and 2 timber panel doors, 106 cm wide, 208 cm high

Retro open bookcase, 109 cm wide, 121 cm high