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.
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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
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 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
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 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:
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