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.
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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
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 pair of Regency simulated rosewood open pine wall mounted Bookshelves, circa 1830. The curved shaped surmount above three shelves with carved 'S' shaped supports and waisted form back splats, 79 cm width x 16.5 cm depth x 88.5 cm height. Provenance: Purc
A good Regency rosewood open bookcase, circa 1830. The raised shelf with pierced brass gallery mount on 'S' form ormolu mounted supports, the base with two adjustable shelves and cut brass inlay, on a platform base with ormolu mount, 87.5 cm width x 29 cm
A Regency rosewood double open bookcase, the back with plain architectural pediment and a shelf with three 'S' supports, the two open sections each with three shelves; turned half columns to each side and the central divider, raised on six bun feet. 75 cm
Victorian rosewood open bookcase the top with two open shelves supporting by spiral turned uprights, adjustable shelving beneath with spiral turned uprights on small turned feet (the whole with egg and dart moulding)
A French Louis XV style rosewood secretaire bookcase, the arched cornice, above a pair of arched glazed doors. The lower section with a shaped fall, enclosing a writing surface and small drawers, on high cabriole legs. 196 cm high, 98 cm wide, 56 cm deep.
A Sheraton style marquetry inlaid mahogany and rosewood bookcase with an astragal glazed upper door, above a drawer and a panelled door, inlaid with classical motifs, stringing and rosewood crossbanding, 49 x 187 x 42.5 cm
A Louis XVI style mahogany bibliotheque, circa 1880, of breakfront form with three full length doors, the central door part glazed, all opening to adjustable shelving, the doors and sides with quarter veneered reserves, stringing and rosewood crossbanding,
A William IV rosewood library bookcase, with a moulded cornice above a pair of glazed doors, the lower section with a pair of glazed doors, supported on a plinth. Height 235 cm. Width 150 cm. Depth 49 cm.
A good quality Victorian period rosewood breakfront low bookcase cabinet with two central mirrored doors and adjustable open shelves either side, half column mouldings, bobbin turned borders, fine spindle gallery top and bun feet. Length 183 cm. Depth 40 c
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
A fine late Regency rosewood gentleman's library cabinet in the manner of Gillows the ogee moulded cornice above four rectangular glazed doors flanked by moulded stiles above a fitted stationery drawer and a pull-out adjustable Moroccan leather writing sli
Victorian gilt metal mounted rosewood book cabinet, the rectangular top above a single glazed door, the whole with cross-branding and string inlay and applied gilt metal mounts and floral panels, raised on bracket feet, 84 x 107 x 35 cm.
A Regency rosewood book cabinet, the mirrored back with a brass gallery edge above a breakfront top and three panelled doors, the central door with a pierced brass grill, raised on a plinth base, 153 x 124 x 35 cm
An important early Australian cedar secretaire bookcase, NSW, circa 1830, the ogee moulded pediment with cross-banded decoration above a pair of geometrically glazed doors enclosing two shelves, flanked by a pair of columns with acanthus leaf capitals and
A fine William IV gothic rosewood bookcase, with a shaped moulded cornice, below a pair of arcaded gothic glazed doors, the lower section with a long drawer and a two panel doors supported on a plinth. Height 248 cm. Width 126 cm. Depth 51 cm
A late Regency rosewood book cabinet stamped Kerby, 546 New Oxford St, the reverse breakfront rectangular marble top above a band apron with applied patera, the open central section flanked by glazed panelled doors with silk curtains and leaf capped styles
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