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.
A c.1900 American 'Danner's Revolving Bookcase', in mahogany, of three tiers with triple/slatted sides, on sturdy cast iron mounted four-way revolving base with casters, the column marked with maker's details and patent date of 1876 'John Danner, Canton, O
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
A late Victorian walnut revolving book-case, late 19th century, of typical form, the square top with moulded edge above thee tiers with vertical slats to the ends around a square centre, revolving on a quadripartite base with castors. Height 117 cm. Width
An Edwardian revival revolving bookcase, the square top set with floral marquetry sprays surrounded by inlayed overlapping banding, the two tier lower section fitted with reeded sides above x foot. Height 77 cm. Width 48 cm
An Edwardian Oak Revolving Bookcase, circa 1900, the square bull nosed edge top with inlaid central and corner decoration and stringing over a four sectioned book storage with turned spindle partitions, height: 73 cm Width: 53 cm Depth: 53 cm
An early 20th century French mahogany revolving bookcase labelled G Borge, R. Des St Peres, 41 Paris, the rising gilt leather tooled reading slope enclosing a pull our candle slide, with adjustable brass screw to allow the bookcase to revolve or remain fix
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