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 18th century bureau bookcase, in highly figured walnut veneer. The base of serpentine shape and the fall opening to a well laid out interior. The top with a cupboard with arched mirror doors under a shaped broken arched pediment. Later finials and handl
A Georgian mahogany bookcase bureau c.1790, and later, the upper section with two door glazed cabinet with three interior shelves, the bureau having fold-out door with tooled leather writing surface. The interior with drawers, letter racks and stationery c
A George III mahogany, two door bookcase bureau with secretaire, circa 1790 the top with two astragal glazed doors and three interior shelves, the lower with pullout secretaire drawer having interior drawers, stationery compartments over three lower drawer
Georgian glass topped bookcase bureau. Upper section with two astragal glazed doors opening to Three adjustable shelves. Drop front bureau opens to 10 internal fitted drawers and several pigeon holes. Under section with 4 full length drawers. Key escutcheo
A Dutch inlaid walnut bureau bookcase, 18th century, with arched pediment inlaid with shell, ivory and tinted ivory above an upper section with a central cupboard and a series of drawers, a fall front opening to reveal further drawers, and two lower cupboa
A George II mahogany bureau bookcase, circa 1755, the Palladian pediment with central scrolling cartouche, above two glazed doors opening to reveal shelves, below which there is a fall front opening to reveal compartments and drawers, above two half width
A Georgian mahogany astragal glazed, secretaire bookcase, bureau, the top part with two doors and three interior shelves, the base with pullout shelf, over fold-out door with tooled leather writing surface; the interior with stationery compartments and dra
Composed George III bureau bookcase with moulded dentille cornice, adjustable shelving enclosed by two glazed astragal doors, inlaid fall front revealing fitted interior, four graduated cockbeaded drawers on bracket feet
An exceptional Queen Anne - George I period walnut double-dome bureau bookcase of small proportions, with ogee moulded cornice above a pair of shaped moulded mirrored doors, the mirrors with soft edge bevels and cut with attractive starbursts and crescents
A good late Georgian walnut bureau bookcase of pleasing colour and proportions. The glazed upper section with three adjustable shelves. The fall front revealing pigeon holes in elm with five drawers below on bracket feet. Height 220 cm. Width 115 cm. Depth
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
Georgian mahogany bureau bookcase. Interior fitted with flame mahogany drawers and compartments with ivory handles. Cock-beaded drawers with brass handles and astragal glazed doors. Lovely proportions. 212 cm x 81 cm x 53 cm
George II mahogany bureau bookcase, the moulded cornice above a pair glazed doors enclosing shelves, the lower section with a hinged slope enclosing, a fall enclosing a stepped interior and a well above three graduated drawers, below two short and two long
A Sheraton Revival mahogany bureau bookcase, the moulded cornice above an astragal glazed door, the lower bureau section with fitted interior, above three drawers on bracket feet. 198 cm high, 61 cm wide, 44 cm deep.
An English Georgian mahogany bureau bookcase, circa 1800, a moulded cornice above a pair of astragal glazed doors with interior wooden shelves, a fall front opening to a leather tooled writing plane and an arrangement of drawers, pigeon holes and a central
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