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

A Victorian mahogany bookcase, with two glazed doors, above two panelled lower doors,131.5 x 217 x 46 cm

A floor standing mahogany bookcase, with two astragal glazed doors, above out swept supports, 103 x 134 x 32 cm

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

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 mahogany table-top revolving book-case, in Georgian style with inlaid decoration to the top, containing a number of earlier 20th volumes of literature. Height 28.5 cm. Width 28 cm. Depth 28 cm.

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

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.

A Georgian mahogany re aire bookcase with glazed doors above retaire drawer and three long drawers, circa 1,800, 224 cm high. 88 cm wide, 45 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.

George III mahogany secretaire bookcase, c. 1800, the upper section with a moulded cornice above two astragal glazed doors, the lower section with a fall flap inlaid with satinwood and ebony, above two short and three long drawers with brass handles, raise

Fine English mahogany Sheraton style bureau bookcase, approx 219 cm high, 102 cm wide, 54 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

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

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

Bookcase. Mahogany c1890 four panelled doors

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

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

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

An inlaid mahogany finish revolving bookcase French, circa 1920, 84 cm high, 47 cm wide

A Victorian mahogany bookcase. Second half 19th century, having an ogee pediment above a pair of glazed doors with three shelves, the extended lower section with a pair of frieze drawers and two cupboards over a plinth base, simply decorated with fielded p

A Victorian mahogany bookcase, 19th century, with an extended ogee shaped cornice above gothic arched glazed doors opening to four timber shelves, canted edges embellished with carved acanthus leaf corbels, half width drawers below and raised upon a plinth

Victorian mahogany elevated bookcase with glazed door adjustable shelf section above 2 lower doors (2 drawers and shelves inside), 127 cm wide, 57 cm deep, 225 cm high approx

A fine quality George III flame mahogany bookcase secretaire, the top with two panel glazed doors, arch to the top of each, stepped pediment, enclosing three fitted shelves, the base with four front secretaire enclosing a fitted quality interior with drawe

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

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 mahogany Globe Wernicke Stacking sectional bookcase three sections with typically fitted fall front glass doors, 90 cm wide, 31 cm deep, 125 cm high.

Mahogany elevated bookcase with 2 glazed doors above 2 timber panel doors with internal drawer, 95 cm wide, 43 cm deep, 242 cm high

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

A George IV mahogany and banded five drawer bureau bookcase. 260 cm high, 170 cm wide, 54 cm deep.

A Victorian flame mahogany three door bookcase. 230 cm high, 268 cm wide, 48 cm deep.

An English flame mahogany standing bookcase with two panel doors below and glazed doors above. 183 cm high, 105 cm wide, 30 cm deep.

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

A George III mahogany library bookcase, circa 1810 the moulded pediment above three Gothic arch astragal glazed doors enclosing adjustable shelves, the lower section with three panelled door cupboards, the central doors to both sections with sliding action

An English mahogany 19th century four drawer drop front bureau bookcase. Height 216 cm, width 97 cm, depth 53 cm.

A George III mahogany secretaire bookcase, circa 1790. 270 cm high, 126 cm wide, 60 cm deep