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 Edwardian walnut secretaire bookcase, early 20th century, the bookcase with a simple architectural pediment above a pair of framed glazed doors and three shelves, an extended lower section with a panelled relief carved drop front drawer with brass swing

An Edwardian blackwood revolving bookcase, with a square top, above an open body with multiple shelves and slatted sides, above a swivel base, 90 x 83.5 x 90 cm

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

Edwardian walnut secretaire bookcase, 135 cm wide, 253 cm high

Edwardian walnut elevated bookcase with glazed 2 door bookcase above 2 drawers and 2 timber panel doors,122 cm wide, 212 cm high

Edwardian walnut elevated bookcase with scroll carved top, glass panel door and carved timber panel door, 92 cm wide, 45 cm deep, 212.5 cm high

Antique Edwardian walnut secretaire bookcase fitted interior, approx 238 cm high, 131 cm wide

Edwardian pine elevated bookcase, with glass door bookcase over two door cabinet, 122 cm wide, 50.5 cm deep & 216 cm high approx

A fine Edwards & Roberts Edwardian mahogany bureau bookcase, the swan neck pediment, above a pair of astragal glazed doors, below a fall with satinwood inlay enclosing drawers and pigeon holes, above graduated drawers on bracket feet. Maker stamped: Edward

An Edwardian Sheraton mahogany bureau bookcase, the moulded cornice, with a frieze with satinwood banding, above a pair of astragal glazed doors. The lower section with a fall, enclosing drawers and pigeon holes, above graduated drawers, all with satinwood

Edwardian elevated bookcase with 2 glazed doors (adjustable shelves behind) over 2 drawers and 2 doors, 92 cm wide, 43 cm deep, 211.5 cm high

A fine Edwardian satinwood banded and marquetry bookcase by Maple & Co. with astragal glazed doors enclosing shelves above cupboard doors, cross-banded and line inlay overall and inlaid with satinwood, ambonya and fruitwood in neo classical urn designs wit

Edwardian pine bookcase, approx height 210 cm. Width 115 cm

Edwardian walnut revolving bookcase. Four section top with fretted ends, on cabriole leg base. Height 85 cm. Width 53 diameter 53

Edwardian walnut two height bookcase. Moulded pediment over two original glazed doors with three shelves. Base with two drawers over carved doors. Height 207 cm. Width 118 cm. Diameter 46 cm

Antique Edwardian breakfront floor open bookcase, fitted with a leaded glass display top section, 183 cm high, 324 cm wide

Pair of Edwardian open book shelves walnut veneer, carved column supports. Height 115 cm width 108 cm depth 35 cm

A pair of Edwardian Sheraton Revival mahogany bookcases, each with moulded cornice, above a frieze with marquetry decoration and a pair of astragal glazed doors on turned legs.200 cm high, 102 cm wide 36 cm deep.

A Edwardian mahogany bookcase, with a moulded cornice, above an astragal glazed door, below a panel door.

Edwardian two door bookcase c.1900, mahogany and pine glazed upper doors, with two single drawers two door lower cupboard with carved motifs and bevelled glass mirror. Height 227 cm. Width 1200 cm. Depth 45 cm

Edwardian double door walnut bookcase with carved panel doors and bow front drawers

Edwardian double door walnut bookcase with carved panel doors and bow front drawers

An Edwardian revival revolving bookcase, the square top set with floral marquetry sprays surrounded by inlayed overlapping banding, the two tier lower section fitted with reeded sides above x foot. Height 77 cm. Width 48 cm

An Edwardian cedar bookcase, the fall cornice above two glazed panelled doors the lower section with two sold panelled doors, plinth base, 128.5 x 247 x 49 cm

An Edwardian Oak Revolving Bookcase, circa 1900, the square bull nosed edge top with inlaid central and corner decoration and stringing over a four sectioned book storage with turned spindle partitions, height: 73 cm Width: 53 cm Depth: 53 cm

An Edwardian blackwood secretaire bookcase, circa 1910, the breakfront stepped everted canopy with dentil moulding over four tall astragal glazed doors above a recessed nook all raised upon a breakfront base with a central dropdown secretaire with feature

Edwardian mahogany elevated bookcase original ripple glass doors to upper section; adjustable shelves; lower section with two drawers and two doors with ornately carved urn and floral panels. Bears brass plate to interior 's and H Jewell, 29/30/31 Little Q

An Edwardian mahogany inlaid bureau bookcase with two glazed astragal doors, 4 full. Width drawers below

Edwardian cedar bureau bookcase. Double glazed doors in the top section, 4 front drawer over two carved panel doors

An Edwardian stained pine bureau bookcase 116 x 47 x 200 cm

An Edwardian mahogany revolving bookcase, English, circa 1910, 47 cm square. Height 82 cm

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