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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A Victorian mahogany bookcase, with two glazed doors, above two panelled lower doors,131.5 x 217 x 46 cm

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.

Victorian oak dwarf bookcase with scroll and fruit moulded capitals, the central cupboard applied with full leather book spines on box base (in two parts)

A late Victorian walnut bookcase with astragal glaze doors,. 228 cm high, 120 cm wide, 46 cm deep.

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

Antique Victorian Sheraton Revival cylinder secretaire bookcase, pull out writing surface fitted with an ink well, graduating drawers below, approx 213 cm high, 100 cm wide, 52 cm D

Victorian mahogany elevated bookcase with glazed door adjustable shelf section above 2 lower doors (2 drawers and shelves inside), 127 cm wide, 57 cm deep, 225 cm high approx

Antique Victorian glazed two door bookcase with two drawers and doors below

Victorian open bookcase with 3 shelves flanked by fluted columns, 136 cm wide, 101 cm high

A Victorian burr walnut and inlaid marquetry decorated two door bookcase. 216 cm high, 137 cm wide, 46 cm deep.

A Victorian walnut three door bookcase, circa 1880s. 132 cm high, 183 cm wide, 41 cm deep.

A Victorian English three door bookcase. 238 cm high, 188 cm wide, 46 cm deep.

A Victorian flame mahogany three door bookcase. 230 cm high, 268 cm wide, 48 cm deep.

A fine Victorian flame mahogany four door inverted break front bookcase. 217 cm high, 263 cm wide, 55 cm deep.

A mid - Victorian flame mahogany two door bookcase. 225 cm high, 142 cm wide, 56 cm deep.

Victorian walnut breakfront elevated bookcase, with 3 glazed doors above 3 timber panel doors, 181 cm wide, 70 cm deep, 205 cm high

A Victorian walnut veneered & ormolu mounted bookcase. Approximately 224 cm high, 87 cm wide, 40 cm deep

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 mahogany four door breakfront secretaire bookcase. 215 cm high, 217 cm long, 60 cm depth

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 period walnut long low bookcase with two glazed doors, three adjustable shelves, short serpentine upstand and plinth base. 136 cm x 30 cm x 89 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

Victorian mahogany cabinet bookcase with moulded cornice, three shelves enclosed by two glazed doors, the base with long frieze drawer, cupboard below on box base

Fine Victorian mahogany bookcase with glazed doors to the upper section

Victorian cedar elevated bookcase with 2 glassed doors over a long drawer and 2 timber panel doors, 106 cm wide, 50 cm deep, 228.5 cm high

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

A Victorian mahogany bookcase with glazed upper doors. Height 230 cm, width 106 cm, depth 40 cm.

A Victorian small form two height bookcase two glazed doors aboive two cupboard doors and two drawers

Quality Victorian mahogany bookcase c.1870 with glazed upper section, drawer and cupboard below

Victorian mahogany breakfront bookcase, with 4 glass doors over three drawers & 4 timber panelled doors, 158 cm wide, 224 cm high approx.