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 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
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 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 Victorian walnut bookcase, second half 19th century, the bookcase having an ogee shaped extended cornice above two glazed doors opening to three shelves, the extended lower section with an ogee frieze drawer and two recessed panelled cupboards above a pl
A Victorian walnut bookcase, second half 19th century, with a simple architectural cornice above two glazed doors opening to three shelves, the extended lower section with an ogee shaped frieze drawer and two panelled cupboard doors below upon a plinth bas
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 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 Victorian walnut cylinder roll top secretaire bookcase, circa 1880s, with brass maker's plaque for Steinfeld Levinson & Co, Melbourne, having an architectural cornice with an arched and galleried pediment, two glazed doors flanked by pilasters above a bu
A Victorian Aesthetic mahogany tall Upright bookcase, with gallery pediment and moulded cornice above two glazed doors enclosing five shelves, on platform base, with plaque 'To Lily From Mama Sept 15, 1891' 118 cm width x 41 cm depth 218 cm high
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
Early Victorian mahogany bookcase the projecting cornice above a pair of pilasters surmounted by two carved figures and a pair of glazed doors, the lower section with carved lion heads and a pair of panel doors. Height 237 cm, width 122 cm, depth 50 cm
A Victorian oak Gothic revival glazed bookcase, 19th century, with an extended cornice above a relief carved frieze with trailing foliage, a pair of arched astragal glazed doors opening to shelving, with shaped and panelled drawers and a pair of cupboards
A Victorian mahogany secretaire bookcase, circa 1860s, having an extended moulded cornice with rounded corners, two glazed doors with three adjustable shelves, the secretaire drawer unfolding to reveal a tooled leather writing plane and a fitted interior w
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