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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Colonial birds eye huon pine glass top bookcase with rolled drawer front flat pilasters and carved capitals. Huon pine secondaries, 225 cm high x 135 wide x 51 cm deep. Provenance: Property of Reverend Harlan Delbridge and Dr Dorothy Delbridge (Tasmania's

Unusual rustic Arts & Crafts bookcase in fiddleback oak with huon pine secondaries

Fine quality Tasmanian Colonial huon pine glazed bookcase with two glazed doors to the top section flanked by carved corbels above a full width drawer and two panelled doors (early Tasmanian storage Company label to inside of glazed door)

A cedar secretaire bookcase, circa 1845, with a deep reverse moulded cornice over shield panel glazed doors, the base with moulded cross banding above a hinged secretaire fitted internally with both pigeon holes and birdseye huon pine drawers with ebony kn

Antique cedar secretaire bookcase, the desk section is lined in huon pine, the interior drawer fronts are blackwood.

A cedar secretaire bookcase Tasmanian, circa 1860-65 110 x 205x xx 48 cm fitted archives with huon pine small drawer facings. Width 110 cm. Depth 48 cm. Height 205 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, Tasmania

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