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 colonial kauri bookcase chiffonier, the tall top with two arched glazed doors, stepped ogee pediment, carved corbel supports, four adjustable shelves with tooled leather aprons, the base with two shaped frieze drawers above two panelled doors, conforming

Rare Australian Colonial cedar glazed bookcase of narrow proportions

Important Colonial cedar secretaire bookcase with fitted interior and secret drawer, makers label to the rear: H. Ronde Rundle Street Adelaide

Australian Colonial cedar bookcase with original glass panels to the upper doors, shield shaped panels below

Colonial solid mottled kauri bookcase the upper section with glazed panelled doors the lower section with two frieze drawers above panelled cupboards raised on a platform base. Height 216 cm. Width 114 cm

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

Colonial cedar glass fronted bookcase. Adjustable shelves. One drawer under. Height 195 cm. Width 116 cm. Depth 48 cm

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

Australin colonial cedar bookcase early two door cedar bookcase measuring approximately 101 x 2,200 cm. Two glass doors opening to shelving with original support. Said to be of Victorian manufacture.

Tasmanian Colonial cedar bookcase in the Sheraton style, c1835. Finely crafted in full cedar with 4 astrigal glazed doors & adjustable shelves. Height 251 cm, width 130 cm, depth 40 cm. Provenance: The Estate of the late Christopher Pearson, Adelaide

Colonial cedar bookcase comprising 3 upper doors and 3 lower doors all panelled in solid cedar, c1870. Height 243 cm, width 204 cm, depth 54 cm. Provenance: The Estate of the late Christopher Pearson, Adelaide

A magnificent Australian Colonial barrister's bookcase in cedar, three sliding glazed doors to the top section with three panel doors to the base

Colonial cedar four tier bookcase with turned supports

Colonial birds eye huon pine glass top bookcase with rolled drawer front flat pilasters and carved capitals. Huon pine secondaries, 225 cm high x 135 wide x 51 cm deep. Provenance: Property of Reverend Harlan Delbridge and Dr Dorothy Delbridge (Tasmania's

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.

A good New Zealand colonial solid and veneered mottled kauri bookcase secretaire, the tall cabinet back of two glazed doors, each with two long Gothic arch topped detail, original glass, enclosing four original adjustable shelves, flared stepped pediment,

Narrow colonial cedar and pine bookcase with stylised face corbels on upper doors and original glass

A 19th century Australian colonial cedar bookcase, the stepped cornice above two arch panelled glazed doors, the projecting lower section with two ogee frieze drawers and two further conforming panelled doors, plinth base. Provenance original furnishing of

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 Colonial cedar bookcase, with stepped cornice above the two arched glazed doors, enclosing cedar adjustable shelves, set upon two deep set drawers on shaped bracket base 123 cm width x 53 cm depth x 210 cm high

A colonial cedar bookcase, Australian, circa 1855. 234 cm high, 126 cm wide, 43 cm deep

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 good New Zealand colonial rimu bookcase secretaire, the top with two glazed panelled doors enclosing adjustable shelves, ogee stepped cornice, scroll and floral carved detail, the base with a fitted secretaire drawer with Maori decorated (Tutenberg), bra

Colonial cedar elevated bookcase, two glass fronted doors opening to adjustable shelves; two doors lower to shelved base. Height 247 cm. Depth 47 cm. Width 95 cm

Australian Colonial cedar bookcase of Germanic taste, two glazed upper doors above two drawers and two shield panelled doors, C.1860 (note: feathered cedar timbers used)

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

Fine quality Tasmanian Colonial huon pine glazed bookcase with two glazed doors to the top section flanked by carved corbels above a full width drawer and two panelled doors (early Tasmanian storage Company label to inside of glazed door)

Australian Colonial cedar bookcase with two glazed doors to the upper section.

A 19th century Australian colonial cedar Gothic library bookcase. Made for a convent in Ballarat, circa 1880, breakfront with a shaped moulded cornice, below a glazed door flanked by smaller glazed doors, the lower section with a three deep drawers, below

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

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

An important 19th century Australian colonial cedar bookcase, two glazed doors to the top section with carved glazing bars, two drawers and two mirrored doors below

Australian 19th century Colonial cedar bookcase with glazed doors to the upper section

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

Colonial cedar bookcase. Two glazed doors to top section, deep drawer and cupboard to base. Height 230 cm. Width 95.5 cm

A rare and important early colonial neo-classical cedar bookcase Australian, Sydney, multi-paned glazed top with original drawn glass, (11 panes to each side), carved scroll crests, fielded cross-banding to doors and cornice, two ogee fronted drawers, fram

New Zealand Colonial burr kauri and native timber bookcase chiffonier two glazed doors, scroll framed, opening to reveal adjustable shelves on two door base with turned column supports

Large cedar multi paned colonial library bookcase with multi paned top

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