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 fine Continental burr walnut, two door glazed bookcase c.1870, the top section having turned Jacobean side columns, two glazed doors over two half size drawers, the lower section with two half size drawers over a two door cupboard, height: 242 cm, width
An elaborate bureau bookcase. Fall front writing bureau, with two door fitted cabinet over three drawer chest, teak with very elaborate camel bone inlay on foliage, ducks & doves front feet carved lions paws, Gujarat India
A Georgian mahogany bookcase bureau c.1790, and later, the upper section with two door glazed cabinet with three interior shelves, the bureau having fold-out door with tooled leather writing surface. The interior with drawers, letter racks and stationery c
A George III mahogany, two door bookcase bureau with secretaire, circa 1790 the top with two astragal glazed doors and three interior shelves, the lower with pullout secretaire drawer having interior drawers, stationery compartments over three lower drawer
Louis XVI style ormolu mounted Bibliothèque, 19th century, the moulded cornice above a pair of glass doors enclosing two adjustable shelves, over two doors fitted with shelves, highlighted with garlands of oak leaves and acorns, flowers and foliage, height
A mahogany two door bookcase, 19th century, the low bookcase of shallow form, with two large slightly arched glazed doors opening to two shelves, and raised on a plinth base. Height 98 cm. Width 153 cm. Depth 24 cm.
A large antique two door bookcase or display cabinet, late 19th to early 20th century, with a shaped extended cornice above two glazed doors opening to internal shelving above a pair of framed cupboards with diagonal shiplap panels, similar to the sides, a
A Georgian mahogany astragal glazed, secretaire bookcase, bureau, the top part with two doors and three interior shelves, the base with pullout shelf, over fold-out door with tooled leather writing surface; the interior with stationery compartments and dra
An English Regency bow fronted mahogany bookcase, circa 1810 having a bowed pediment to the top, two astragal glazed doors opening to reveal adjustable shelves, below which there is a full width secretaire drawer with ormolu ring handles, opening to reveal
Fine antique Sheraton revival bookcase cabinet with marquetry and cross banded inlay, consisting of a glazed 2 door bookcase cabinet elevated on a 2 tier table with 2 drawers, 91.5 cm wide, 55 cm deep, 177 cm high approx
Antique mid 19th century Australian cedar secretaire bookcase, fitted with arched glazed two door top, above a single fall front drawer, revealing a fitted interior, the drawer front crossed to the outer edge, fitted with turned knobs. The two door base, f
Antique English mahogany two door bookcase display cabinet, by J S Henry London, fitted with a lift top fall front display section, above a base, the top astral glazed two door bookcase, approx 226 cm high, 111 cm wide, 62 cm deep
A mahogany, two door bookcase, secretaire, with two door astragal glazed top and adjustable interior shelves. the base has a pullout secretaire drawer, with foldout tooled leather writing surface and rear interior stationery drawers, letter rack compartmen
A Georgian astragal glazed two door bookcase, late 18th / early 19th century, the top part bookcase with three interior shelves; the base with two half drawers over three full size drawers. Height 211 cm. Width 125 cm. Depth 52 cm
Gothic revival oak bookcase part 19th century the cornice surmounted by a pierced frieze with architectural finials, above two doors enclosing shelved interiors. Height 119 cm. Width 94 cm. Depth 31 cm. Provenance: from the Abbey at Annandale. Purchased fr
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