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 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

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 matched pair of late 19th century cedar library Bookcases, each with two glazed doors enclosing shelves, within reeded surrounds, 244 x 112.3 x 25 cm

Pair of antique cedar Gothic bookcase from St Mary's, Goulburn

A large French oak bookcase, circa 1890s. The bookcase in the Louis XVI manner, with a broken pediment to an architectural cornice above a pair of glazed doors with internal shelving and flanked by fluted columns and supports to an open compartment, a pair

A 19th century Australian cedar bookcase with moulded cornice, above a pair of glazed doors the lower section with long drawer, above a pair of panel doors flanked by carved corbels. 226 cm high, 104 cm wide, 50 cm deep

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

An outstanding 19th century Australian colonial cedar cylinder front bookcase, with moulded cornice above a pair of glazed doors, the lower section with a cylinder front enclosing a Huon pine interior, above a pair of panel doors flanked by corbels

A 19th century Australian colonial cedar bookcase, with a shaped cornice, above a pair of glazed doors flanked by corbels, the lower section with a secretaire drawer flanked by corbels, above a pair of panel doors supported on a plinth. 233 cm high, 128 cm

An Australian cedar bookcase, circa 1880, the deep moulded cornice above a pair of glazed doors enclosing three shelves above a single long ogee moulded drawer, a pair of paneled doors and raised on a plinth base, 116 cm wide, 48 cm deep, 217 cm high. Prov

A cedar and mahogany secretaire bookcase, circa 1840, constructed predominantly from solid Australian cedar with mahogany veneers, the moulded cornice above a pair of glazed doors with double arched top and bottom panels and simple geometric glazing bar, e

An Australian Colonial cedar side cabinet with a pair of panel doors enclosing shelves, with an associated bookcase top. Cabinet height 97 cm. Width 106 cm.

An Australian Colonial cedar bookcase top with a pair of astragal glazed doors enclosing adjustable shelves. Height 125 cm. Width 110 cm.

An important 19th century Australian colonial cedar lawyer’s bookcase, the moulded cornice, above a pair frosted glazed doors with incised decoration flanked by Corinthian columns, the lower section with carved anthemion decoration, above a pair of arched

An Australian late 19th century blackwood secretaire bookcase, the tapered cornice above a pair of glazed doors with adjustable shelves, the lower section with a secretaire drawer, enclosing fitted drawers and pigeon above a pair of panel doors on bracket

Pair of contemporary open bookcases jarrah and ash, 192 cm high, 96 cm wide, 24 cm deep

An Australian full cedar secretaire bookcase, circa 1850, the moulded cornice above a pair of rounded arched glazed doors enclosing two adjustable shelves above a secretaire drawer enclosing an arrangement of pigeon holes and drawers, above a pair of arche

An Australian full cedar secretaire bookcase of large proportions Circa 1840, circa 1840 the moulded cornice above a pair of arched glazed doors enclosing three adjustable shelves, above a secretaire drawer with simple hook release mechanism, enclosing an

An Australian cedar and rose mahogany bookcase, circa 1840 the moulded cornice above a pair of geometrically glazed doors enclosing three adjustable shelves above a single long drawer and a pair of cupboard doors, raised on turned bun feet, 156 cm wide, 59

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 large Australian cedar bookcase, Second quarter of 19th century, the moulded cornice above a large pair of astragal glazed doors with curved glass panels above a series of square panels, enclosing three adjustable shelves above a pair of double panelled

A 19th century Australian colonial cedar bookcase, with moulded cornice above a pair of glazed doors flanked by corbels, the lower section with shaped long drawer above a pair of arched panel door flanked by corbels

A rare pair of Indian mahogany and cedar bookcases, Calcutta, circa 1840-60 232 cm high, 59 cm deep, 122 cm wide

A good 19th century mahogany and cedar bookcase the cyma moulded cornice of two arched glazed doors, above a pair of ogee moulded short drawers and two oval panelled doors on bun feet w 142 cm. x d 48 cm. x Height 244 cm

A rare, early Australian cedar secretaire bookcase, circa 1835, the moulded cornice above a pair of raised half arch panelled doors with lotus leaf carved decoration, enclosing shelves above a secretaire drawer enclosing pigeon holes and drawers above two

A Directoire style mahogany and brass mounted bibiliotheque, French, circa 1890, the moulded cornice surmounted by a brass inlaid panel, above a pair of glazed doors enclosing adjustable glass shelves flashed by fluted columns, above a long drawer with inl

A 19th century Australian cedar bookcase, the ogee-moulded cornice above a pair of glazed doors flanked by slender Tuscan columns, the lower section with a half-round-moulded frieze drawer above a pair of well-figured plain-panelled doors flanked by Tuscan

An Australian four door cedar breakfront bookcase, circa 1870, the everted pediment over twin central recessed glass fronted doors flanked by another pair of glass fronted doors featuring decorative corbels all raised upon a four door base cabinet with pla

An Australian cedar bookcase, circa 1835, the ogee moulded cornice above a pair of glazed doors, each with three horizontal bars decorated with foliate scrolled ends, with further foliate scrolled spandres, above a pair of well figured flame cedar cupboard

An Australian two door cedar wardrobe, circa 1830, the ogee moulded cornice above a pair of matched ribbon grained panelled doors with wide cross-banding and a stepped arch to the top, flanked by a pair of plain columns with turned capitals and bases, encl

An important early Australian cedar secretaire bookcase, NSW, circa 1830, the ogee moulded pediment with cross-banded decoration above a pair of geometrically glazed doors enclosing two shelves, flanked by a pair of columns with acanthus leaf capitals and

A fine early Scottish Victorian mahogany secretaire bookcase with a shaped moulded cornice, below a pair of arched glazed doors, the lower section with a secretaire drawer, the fall enclosing drawers and pigeon holes flanked by corbels below a pair of arch

A mid 19th century South Australian Barossa cedar bookcase, with a shaped pediment, below a pair of astral glazed doors, the lower section with a pair of panel doors supports on a plinth. Width 38 cm. Length 105 cm. Height 192 cm

A mid-19th century Australian Colonial mahogany library bookcase, with a shaped pediment, a pair of rectangular glazed doors, flanked by pilasters, the lower section with secretaire drawer, with full enclosing fitted interior, below a pair of panelled door

A mid 19th century Australian Colonial cedar bookcase with shaped pediment, below a pair of glazed doors enclosing adjustable shelves flanked by corbels, the lower section with long drawer, and a pair of panelled doors flanked by corbels supported on plint

A 19th century Australian cedar bookcase, with shaped pediment, below a pair of leadlight glazed doors flanked by corbels, the lower section with long drawer, a pair of panelled doors flanked by corbels supported on plinth.

A 19th century Australian cedar bookcase, with a shaped pediment, below a pair of glazed doors flanked by corbels, the lower section with long shaped drawer, a pair of panelled doors flanked by corbels supported on a plinth.

19th century Queensland silky oak bookcase with a shaped pediment, a pair of glazed upper doors enclosing adjustable shelves, a long drawer, a pair of panelled lower doors and a plinth base

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