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...Small enough to stand on the floor beside a chair, it was an ideal companion for the bookworm, and is still being made. A large number of these were made from the 1930s to the 1950s for sale with a complete set of the Encyclopedia Britannica. However in the market place revolving bookcases are scarce.In Australia bookcases tended to follow the fashionable British designs. The finest examples were made in cedar, sometimes veneered with rarer native species. Others, towards the later part of the colonial period, were made of pine, frequently stained or varnished, and featuring the typical Edwardian machine carvings in the pediments and lower door panels.
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
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
A George III mahogany secretaire bookcase the astragal glazed upper doors with Gothic arched glazing bars, above a secretaire drawer and two panelled doors, bracket feet, 124.5 x 243 x 59 cm Provenance: purchased from Kent Antiques, Melbourne, 4th October
A Victorian mahogany bookcase, circa 1860s, in rich flame mahogany, with a shaped cornice above two glazed doors with applied scrolled embellishments to the top, the extended base with an ogee shaped frieze drawer above two cupboards also with applied scro
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
A cedar and mahogany secretaire bookcase, circa 1840, constructed predominantly from solid Australian cedar with mahogany veneers, the moulded cornice above a pair of glazed doors with double arched top and bottom panels and simple geometric glazing bar, e
An Australian cedar and rose mahogany bookcase, circa 1840 the moulded cornice above a pair of geometrically glazed doors enclosing three adjustable shelves above a single long drawer and a pair of cupboard doors, raised on turned bun feet, 156 cm wide, 59
A good 19th century mahogany and cedar bookcase the cyma moulded cornice of two arched glazed doors, above a pair of ogee moulded short drawers and two oval panelled doors on bun feet w 142 cm. x d 48 cm. x Height 244 cm
A Directoire style mahogany and brass mounted bibiliotheque, French, circa 1890, the moulded cornice surmounted by a brass inlaid panel, above a pair of glazed doors enclosing adjustable glass shelves flashed by fluted columns, above a long drawer with inl
A fine early Scottish Victorian mahogany secretaire bookcase with a shaped moulded cornice, below a pair of arched glazed doors, the lower section with a secretaire drawer, the fall enclosing drawers and pigeon holes flanked by corbels below a pair of arch
A mid-19th century Australian Colonial mahogany library bookcase, with a shaped pediment, a pair of rectangular glazed doors, flanked by pilasters, the lower section with secretaire drawer, with full enclosing fitted interior, below a pair of panelled door
Whytock & Reid of Edinburgh, George III style mahogany four door breakfront bookcase, the pediment fitted with twin pierced foliate capped swan neck mouldings, leading to the dentiled everted cornice, the doors having applied anthemion roundels, acanthus s
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