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 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

Edwardian Kauri pine revolving bookcase 49 cm x 49 cm, 83 cm high approx.

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

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

An Australian specimen wood revolving bookcase, circa 1890-1900, of exhibition quality, the square top with multiple banded borders and central star motif, above two shelves with ivory inlaid vertical dividers, above a single drawers and raised on a pedest

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