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.
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 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 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 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
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
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 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
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 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
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