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 mahogany Globe Wernicke Stacking sectional bookcase three sections with typically fitted fall front glass doors, 90 cm wide, 31 cm deep, 125 cm high.

Globe Wernicke bookcase, labelled inner cabinet, approx 130 cm high, 90 cm wide, 38 cm deep

Globe Wernicke barrister's bookcase in original condition

Globe Wernicke four piece barrister bookcase, 116.5 cm tall. Three glass doored shelves with drawer at bottom. Retains old Company label

An English oak glazed barristers bookcase in 4 sections by Globe Wernicke

An English oak glazed barristers bookcase in 4 sections by Globe Wernicke

An English oak glazed Barrister's bookcase of five sections by 'Globe Wernicke'

Oak barrister's bookcase, with 3 shelves, 87 cm wide, 130 cm high

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

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