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 important mid 19th century breakfront library bookcase in mahogany fitted with four glazed doors to the top section, four panelled doors below and carved corbels (constructed to be totally broken down into separate pieces for easy removal). Provenance:
An outstanding Victorian burr-walnut bookcase, with a pair of glazed doors flanked by corbels, the lower section with a pair of panelled doors, also flanked by corbels, 237 cm high, 113 cm wide, 50.5 cm deep. Maker: James Winter & Sons, 1 Wardour Street, S
A large pine breakfront bookcase, 19th century, the extended cornice with rounded corners and dentil borders above a pair of arched glazed doors opening to shelving and a fitted writing compartment with a small drawer arrangement, pull out writing surfaces
A large Victorian cedar bookcase, 19th century, with an extended architectural cornice above a pair of glazed doors with three shelves to the interior, the extended base with an ogee profile frieze drawer above two panelled doors and a plinth base, with si
Victorian burr walnut cabinet bookcase of neat proportions, with moulded cornice, adjustable shelving, enclosed by two blaze doors within acanthus top uprights, cupboard below enclosed by two panel doors within acanthus top uprights on box base
A fine Victorian breakfront secretaire bookcase, circa 1870., with maker's mark of A. Blain & Son, Liverpool, with an architectural pediment above four arched and carved glazed cupboards, the extended lower section with a central secretaire with a finely f
A quality Victorian rosewood bookcase, low long rectangular form with two fitted shelves, brass strung inlay, full reeded turned columns to the front corners, platform base with thumb moulded edge. 168 cm x 31 cm x 91 cm
Georgian mahogany bookcase, 19th century, the rectangular molded cornice above a pair of glass doors enclosing two shelves over a long drawer, above a two panelled door cupboard, height 200 cm width 92 cm depth 46 cm
Louis XVI style ormolu mounted Bibliothèque, 19th century, the moulded cornice above a pair of glass doors enclosing two adjustable shelves, over two doors fitted with shelves, highlighted with garlands of oak leaves and acorns, flowers and foliage, 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
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 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 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.
A large antique two door bookcase or display cabinet, late 19th to early 20th century, with a shaped extended cornice above two glazed doors opening to internal shelving above a pair of framed cupboards with diagonal shiplap panels, similar to the sides, a
A European walnut bookcase, later 19th century, with an extended concave cornice, a single glazed door above an extended section with a pulvinated and fluted frieze drawer, two burr walnut panelled doors upon a breakfront base with squashed bun feet, embel
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
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