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 important George III astragal glazed mahogany library breakfront bookcase, 280 cm high, 246 cm wide, 58 cm deep

Victorian mahogany & cedar secretaire bookcase, with glazed doors above a fall front secretaire and 2 lower doors, circa mid 19th century, 91 cm wide, 188 cm high

Victorian mahogany cabinet bookcase with moulded cornice, shelving enclosed by two glazed doors, the base with two frieze drawers, cupboard below on box base

Regency mahogany secretaire bookcase with moulded cornice, shelving enclosed by astragal glazed doors, fitted secretaire drawer with fall front, cupboard below on bracket feet

A good Victorian mahogany two door library bookcase having two panelled doors below, two central drawers and two domed top doors above

George IV flame mahogany secretaire two door bookcase having drawers below and two glazed doors above, 253 cm high, 112 cm wide, 55 cm deep

A regency mahogany two door bookcase having two panelled doors below and two astragal glazed doors above, 211 cm high, 125 cm wide, 65 cm deep

A Victorian mahogany three door bookcase having cupboards below, 245 cm high, 198 cm wide, 48 cm deep

A fine George IV mahogany breakfront library bookcase, English, circa 1800, 240cm high, 250cm wide, 40cm deep

19th century mahogany cylinder front slide out secretaire bookcase

A Victorian bookcase chiffonier in mahogany, three cupboards to the base, under ogee shaped drawer, three arched glazed doors to top. Height 2,30 cm, width 144 cm, depth 50 cm

Late Regency mahogany breakfront bookcase, c. 1830, of compact size, the astragal glazed upper section with four cabinet doors above a fitted secretaire with kneehole and flanked by cupboard doors, height 250 cm depth 50 cm width 188 cm

A Victorian mahogany bookcase, late 19th century, of narrow profile with an extended cornice above two arching glazed doors, flanked by acanthus carved corbels, opening to two shelves, the extended lower section with a frieze drawer above two cupboards, wi

Finest quality 19th century plum pudding mahogany glazed bookcase with central arched section, four doors and three drawers to the lower section

George IV mahogany secretaire bookcase, with brass inlay decoration, the astragal glazed upper section enclosing shelves, the lower section with well fitted secretaire drawer, above three long drawers on turned bun feet, height 242 cm width 120 cm depth 57

An English mahogany cylinder roll top bureau bookcase, early 19th century, interior fitted with drawers and compartments veneered in maple with original embossed leather top, 225 cm high, 130 cm wide, 59 cm deep

An unusual provincial mahogany bureau bookcase, French circa 1760, fall front opening to reveal an arrangement of compartments above a serpentine base enclosing three drawers, 216 cm high, 116 cm wide, 64 cm deep. Provenance: purchased John Dunn Antiques 3

An Edwardian mahogany revolving book case, early 20th century, the three tier bookcase with side splats and a single drop table upon a quadripartite base, height 101 cm, width 52 cm, depth 52 cm

A late 19th century mahogany stepped bookcase ,153 cm high,131 cm wide, 42 cm deep

An outstanding Regency mahogany bookcase, with swan neck above a pair of astragal glazed doors, the lower section with secretaire drawer, above graduated drawers on paw feet. Approx. 227 cm high, 106 cm wide, 52 cm deep

Finest quality 19th century plum pudding mahogany glazed bookcase with central arched section, four doors and three drawers to the lower section

A superb 19th century French mahogany glazed bookcase, in the Louis XVI manner, the two doors with large glazed panels above a square panel to the base of each, original brass trim mounts to doors, frame and flanking columns, the turned feet and finials wi

An unusual mahogany revolving library bookcase with collapsable writing panel, English, 19th century, 92 cm high, 52 cm wide, 85 cm deep

A mahogany bookcase embellished with ormolu mounts, French, 19th century, 82 cm high, 82 cm wide, 36 cm deep

George III mahogany secretaire bookcase, with enclosed bookcase above a fitted secretaire drawer and 3 long drawers, 109 cm wide, 229 cm high

A Victorian mahogany bookcase, circa 1880's, mahogany, glazed two upper doors over two door base

Regency mahogany bookcase adjustable shelving enclosed by glazed astragal doors on later cabriole legs

An important mid 19th century breakfront library bookcase in mahogany fitted with four glazed doors to the top section, four panelled doors below and carved corbels (constructed to be totally broken down into separate pieces for easy removal). Provenance:

Victorian mahogany glazed bookcase with leather dust covers to the upper shelving, two panelled doors below

Victorian mahogany elevated bookcase, 114 cm wide, 59 cm deep, 220 cm high

Victorian mahogany secretaire bookcase, 120.5 cm wide, 221 cm high

A mahogany satinwood veneered glazed bookcase, English, early 19th century, 210 cm high, 115 cm wide, 44 cm deep

Edwardian mahogany bureau bookcase of GeoIII design with moulded cornice, shelving enclosed by two astragal glazed doors, the bureau with four drawers

Edwardian mahogany cabinet bookcase of neat proportions, adjustable shelving enclosed by astragal glazed doors, the base with long frieze drawer, cupboard below on tapering feet

A Georgian mahogany secetaire bookcase. English 18th century, height 241 cm, width 121 cm, depth 57 cm

A Regency mahogany secretaire bookcase, English, 19th century, 210 cm high, 97 cm wide, 52 cm deep

A Victorian flame mahogany two door narrow bookcase having two panelled doors below and two glazed doors above. 230 cm high, 96 cm wide, 56 cm deep.

Victorian mahogany elevated bookcase, with 2 glazed door opening to adjustable shelves above 2 timber panel doors, 121 cm wide, 47 cm deep, 214 cm high