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 large Italian polychrome painted open bookcase, of classical architectural form with Latin inscribe open pediment above open shelves flanked by columns, 20 x 130 x 32 cm. Provenance: a private collection, Sydney
An early 20th century Australian blackwood dwarf bookcase, in the manner of Prenzel, the frieze carved with foliate decoration, above open shelves flanked by panelled doors, each carved with gum leaves and foliate, 139 cm high, 148 cm wide, 45 cm deep
An Australian cedar open face bookcase, circa 1850, Originally the property of Hamon Charles Ellison Rich following his admission to the bar, he later became President of the Law Society and had a brother who was a high court judge, he passed away in 1926
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 late Victorian Aesthetic mahogany bookcase, the rectangular top with spindle gallery and ball finials above velvet lined concave backed recess with turned column supports above bookcase with open shelving, 137 cm width x 28 cm depth x 140 cm high.
An early Regency period, mahogany open bookcase, circa 1810, the brass gallery top above three graduated shelves with scroll moulded sides and a Rosso marble top on a cupboard on turned legs with brass castors, 54.5 cm width x 31.5 cm depth x 152 cm height
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
An unusual French walnut bookcase cabinet, early 20th century. Possibly of ecclesiastical origin with a stepped extended top and a central arched section with a pair of deeply recessed slender doors opening to shelving, flanked by open bookcases supported
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
An exceptional Queen Anne - George I period walnut double-dome bureau bookcase of small proportions, with ogee moulded cornice above a pair of shaped moulded mirrored doors, the mirrors with soft edge bevels and cut with attractive starbursts and crescents
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