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.
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
A Victorian cedar secretaire bookcase, second half 19th century, with an architectural pediment above two glazed doors with three shelves, a central lockable fall front section below flanked by four small graduated drawers with Wellington chest style locki
A good Victorian cedar bookcase, second half 19th century, the bookcase having a fine patina, with an architectural pediment, glazed doors with three shelves, the extended base with an ogee frieze drawer above two panelled cupboards and a plinth base, deco
A 19th century Australian cedar breakfront secretaire bookcase, with carved scrolls and shell cartouche to the arched pediment above three arched glazed doors, a central secretaire drawer above recessed doors and flanked by doors with applied carved scroll
A Victorian Tasmanian cedar secretaire bookcase with 3 shelves and glazed doors to upper section and lower section containing secretaire draw with 4 small birds-eye Huon pine drawers and pigeon holes over a pair of cupboard doors, circa 1860, 245 cm high,
A late 19th century Australian cedar secretaire bookcase, with two glazed upper doors, above a secretaire drawer enclosing short drawers and storage compartments, two panelled doors to the lower section, plinth base, 116.5 x 237 x 52 cm
Antique mid 19th century Australian cedar secretaire bookcase, fitted with arched glazed two door top, above a single fall front drawer, revealing a fitted interior, the drawer front crossed to the outer edge, fitted with turned knobs. The two door base, f
Wallalong house bookcase: c1864 cedar, see plate 46 page 184 Australian furniture pictorial History and Dictionary 1788-1938 by Kevin Fahy and Andrew Simpson signed E Pegg/October 11th 1863 and Edwin Pegg/ Hills workshop January 11th 1864, the elaborately
An Australian cedar glazed bookcase, circa 1850 the cross banded cornice and frieze above two glazed doors, each of three panes with cross bars, enclosing adjustable shelves, raised on turned feet 220.8 cm high, 120 cm wide, 36.4 cm deep. Provenance: Sothe
A cedar and huon pine bookcase, of compact proportions with a projecting cornice, above two glazed panelled doors, the lower section with two solid doors inset with huon pine veneered panels, plinth base, 77.5 x 222 x 34 cm
A 19th century Australian cedar bookcase with moulded cornice, above a pair of glazed doors the lower section with long drawer, above a pair of panel doors flanked by carved corbels. 226 cm high, 104 cm wide, 50 cm deep
A Victorian cedar bookcase, second half 19th century, with an arched and carved pediment above a pair of similarly shaped and decorated glass doors flanked by acanthus leaf and fruit corbels, opening to a fitted interior with an extended lower section with
A large cedar secretaire bookcase, Australian, circa 1850, 242 cm high, 136 cm wide, 55 cm deep. Literature: Australian Furniture: Pictorial History and Dictionary, 1788-1938, Kevin Fahy and Andrew Simpson, Casuarina Press Ptd Ltd, Woollahra plate 45 (illu
A glazed cedar bookcase, Australian, circa 1840, 233 cm high, 100 cm wide, 62 cm deep. Literature: for a similar example see Australian Furniture: Pictorial History and Dictionary, 1788-1938, Kevin Fahy and Andrew Simpson, Casuarina Press Ptd Ltd, Woollahr
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