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 Australian Tasmanian blackwood two door bookcase. 235 cm high, 128 cm wide, 60 cm deep

An Australian Arts and Crafts blackwood bookcase, cicra 1900, reputedly one of the original features from Buckley & Nunn department store, 192 cm high, 92 cm wide, 28 cm deep

A small Australian blackwood open bookcase in the arts and crafts style, circa 1900. 106 cm high, 66 cm wide, 28 cm deep

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

A revolving bookstand, Australian blackwood with dropside bookrest, early 20th century. 106 cm high, 51 cm wide, 53 cm deep

Blackwood 2 height bookcase with lead light door adjustable shelved section above a timber panel door section, by Dee-Jay Furniture, Launceston, Tas, 97 cm wide, 197 cm high

A Tasmanian folk art carved blackwood blanket box, early 20th century rectangular, the hinged top with canted edges, the body carved to the front with a waterlily panel, 56.5 x 36 x 35 cm History: the decoration featured on this piece, as well as that feat

A blackwood revolving bookcase, Australian, first half 20th century, 115 cm high, 58 cm wide, 58 cm deep

Rocke & Co Fiddleback blackwood dwarf bookshelf, late 19th century. Height 52 cm, 122 cm, depth 23 cm

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

An imposing four section blackwood bookcase, circa 1920, the upper open section flanked with reeded sides and circle medallions below a plain everted pediment, the lower section fitted with four drop down doors with bar handles. Height 220 cm. Length 228 c

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

Antique cedar secretaire bookcase, the desk section is lined in huon pine, the interior drawer fronts are blackwood.

An Arts & Crafts blackwood book cabinet W. H. Rocke & Co, Melbourne, the shaped pierced gallery with central cut brass and ebonized cartouche, above two glazed doors with conforming inlay, flanked by square fluted columns terminating in candle stands, brac

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