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 Art Deco revolving timber bookshelves, circa 1920s. 171 cm high, 77 cm diameter

An Art Deco rosewood bookcase cupboard, circa 1930s-40s, the serpentine shaped bookcase with two cupboard doors, one full length, the other with an open partition above and two drawers below, the interior with shelving to both sides, raised on an undulatin

An Art Deco Maghogany bookcase display cabinet, circa 1920s-30s, the elegant cabinet with arching glazed doors with palisander detailing and a conforming arched top flanked by slender pillar form breakfront cupboards with feather banded veneer doors openin

Art deco revolving bookcase with glass top 50 cm x 50 cm, 63 cm high

A French Art Deco rosewood bookcase, circa 1935, of pleasing plain form with a central part glazed door with two drawers below flanked by a pair of three quarter height cupboards and open compartments, the doors with curved sides and cast pierced curvaceou

A charming Art Deco rosewood bookcase, circa 1930, the gently tapered rectangular carcass with decorative tiered top and streamlined wings to each side framing the twin glazed doors which open to reveal adjustable shelving. Height 151 cm Width110 cm. Depth

An outstanding Jacques Adnet palisander Art Deco bookcase, circa 1930, stamped Adnet, the long cabinet with central shelved recess and flanked by fitted doors with rolled ends opening to reveal further shelving and with ebonised inserts to each end. Height

A near pair of Art Deco walnut veneered low open bookcases, the largest. Width 97 cm. Depth 36 cm. Height 92 cm (2)

An Art Deco walnut veneered open bookcase. Width 108 cm. Depth 40 cm. Height 180 cm

An Art Deco four door Russian birch breakfront bookcase, circa 1930, the central cupboard under open display area with fitted shelves and original silvered bronze mounts flanked by two narrow doors on a simple recessed plinth base. Height 184 cm. Width 200

Beidermeier influence Art Deco corner bookcase in blond satin wood veneer on oak with stained black timber features and four oak shelves per bay. From the estate of Maria Prerauer (opera soprano, arts critic and friend of Patrick White)

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