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 Empire-Stye ormolu-mounted mahogany bibliotheque, first half 20th century, the moulded cornice above a pair of arch-glazed and panelled doors enclosing adjustable shelves, on a plinth base with paw feet, the front with neo-classical ormolu mounts throug

A very impressive Gothic revival oak library bookcase, French circa 1865

Late 19th century French ebonised and brass inlaid open bookcase with galleried top and ormolu mounts.

A simulated pine glazed bookcase, French, 19th century and later. 140 cm high, 94 cm wide, 54 cm deep

A French walnut, two door glazed bookcase, c.1900, with four adjustable interior shelves. Height 197.5 cm. Width 108 cm. Depth 40 cm

A pair of French oak gothic revival bookcases, late 19th century, 272 cm high, 100 cm wide, 38 cm deep

A mahogany and gilt metal five tier open bookcase, French, circa 1920, 213 cm high, 101 cm wide, 25 cm deep

An inlaid mahogany finish revolving bookcase French, circa 1920, 84 cm high, 47 cm wide

Antique 19th century French oak two door bookcase with glazed doors, approx 22- cm x 138 cm

Antique French carved oak two door bookcase, two drawers below, lower panels carved in relief with musical trophies, lions back in relief to the pelmet, approx 230 cm high, 110 cm wide, 45 cm deep

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

Antique French Renaissance style carved oak two door bookcase, approx 219 cm high, 130 cm wide, 46 cm deep

Antique French Louis Philippe walnut three door bookcase, approx 235 cm high, 234 cm wide, 36 cm deep

A large French carved walnut glazed bookcase by Maison Lalande, circa 1900. 245 cm high, 210 cm wide, 52 cm deep

Antique French Renaissance revival carved oak bookcase, carved in high relief with mask heads, water birds, fruit and foliage, approx 236 cm high, 129 cm wide, 57 cm deep

A pale French oak Moderniste bookcase, circa 1940s, of elegant simple form with three glazed doors with beaded trim and timber panelled lower sections, rounded edges and raised on a recessed and waisted plinth base. Height 165 cm. Width 175 cm. Depth 43 cm

A large walnut revolving bookcase, bearing makers label, Paris, French, circa 1940. 174 cm high

A pair of French mahogany open shelf bookcases. 100 cm high, 84 cm long, 23 cm deep

Antique French Empire revival bookcase, in burr walnut, lattice work to the doors, fitted with Egyptian style gilt bronze mounts, 195 cm high, 130 cm wide

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

French Directoire style brass and mahogany Bookshelf. Height 121 cm, width 106 cm, depth 22 cm

An unusual French walnut bookcase cabinet, early 20th century. Possibly of ecclesiastical origin with a stepped extended top and a central arched section with a pair of deeply recessed slender doors opening to shelving, flanked by open bookcases supported

A French mahogany Empire style bookcase, circa 1940, having a extended cornice above three recessed arches and four slender freestanding columns with engine turned capitals and shaped bases to tapering cup feet, a part glazed central door with internal she

Impressive antique French Henri II six door bookcase, carved in high relief with ground birds to the doors below, approx 247 cm high, 196 cm wide, 60 cm deep

A French Louis XV style oak bibliotheque with a domed cornice above a pair of glazed doors on short carved cabriole legs. 260 cm high, 112 cm wide, 42 cm deep

A fine French 19th century breakfront kingwood dwarf bookcase, with an inverted cornice a decorated parquetry frieze, above four open shelves on a plinth. 148 cm high, 314 cm wide, 41 cm deep

Antique French Henri II two door bookcase, single drawer, carved decoration, approx 237 cm high, 156 cm wide, 55 cm deep

Antique French Henri II style three door bookcase decorated with carved oak leaves and barley twist supports, approx 245 cm high, 225 cm wide, 56 cm deep

A Louis XIV walnut open bookcase, French, 18th century. 110 cm high, 93 cm wide, 46 cm deep

Antique French inlaid two door bookcase, approx 139 cm high, 91 cm wide

Antique 19th century French Gothic walnut glazed two door bookcase, with carved pierced multi shelf top, Gothic tracery glazed doors below

A French boulle and ormolu style low bookcase late 19th century and later. The bookcase is decorated in the 'Boulle' style with pierced-cut brass and red tortoiseshell inlay, against a black 'ebonised' patinated finish with bronze ormolu figural mounts. He

French oak 4 door bookcase with carved panel and glazed doors; height 195 cm, width 233 cm, depth 52 cm

Antique French Renaissance style desk bookcase. Approx 230 cm high, 137 cm wide, 62 cm deep

French Empire style bookcase, approx 179 cm high, 181 cm wide, 46 cm deep

Antique French Renaissance style oak two door bookcase, approx 192 cm high, 113 cm wide

French kingwood bookcase with bronze mounts, approx 175 cm high, 158 cm wide

French oak two door bookcase, with acid etched bands decoration to the doors, fitted with turned fluted columns, approx 262 cm high, 123 cm wide

Antique French mahogany two door bookcase, approx 207 cm high, 125 cm wide