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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An early bookcase, Australian cedar and pine with blackwood feet, Tasmanian origin, circa 1840, 219 cm high, 123 cm wide, 51 cm deed

Edwardian Kauri pine revolving bookcase 49 cm x 49 cm, 83 cm high approx.

A two door kauri pine bookcase with glazed upper panels 195 x 110 x 47 cm

Dwarf Bookcase: Australian cedar & pine. Height 114 cm, width 108 cm, depth 31 cm

Gothic Bookcase: Cedar & pine in Pugin Gothic style. Hailing from central Victoria (purportedly Ballarat) c1880. Unusual castellated pediment & fitted with 2 internal drawers. Illustrated in 'Australian Furniture Pictorial History & Dictionary 1788-1938' b

A West Australian Government Railways two door glazed bookcase, c.1900, cedar and pine construction, having 2 upper glazed doors with adjustable shelves, and 2 drawers over lower 2 door cupboard, on a plinth base. Height 241 cm. Width 143 cm. Depth 64 cm

Narrow colonial cedar and pine bookcase with stylised face corbels on upper doors and original glass

A 19th century Australian cedar and pine strung double depth bookcase, the ogee moulded corners above a plain frieze and a pair of square astragal glazed doors with single pine stringing enclosing three shelves with pine stringing above a pair of raised pa

A cedar and pine bookcase (upper portion only) 114 cm height

A mid-19th century Australian cedar and pine glass fronted bookcase. Width 102 cm. Depth 44 cm. Height 233 cm

Cedar on pine two height bookcase with carved panel surrounds on the doors, scrolled brackets and its original glazing

Early Australian mixed Woods cupboard or bookcase. Pine with cedar doors, half glazed, & fitted with 4 shelves. Key available. Height 197 cm W108 cm D 35 cm