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 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

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 rare ships dwarf bookcase, mahogany with acid etched frosted glass doors, English or Scottish,19th century

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

An Edwardian mahogany and inlay bureau bookcase, with astragal glazed doors, fall front and drawers below. Width 92 cm

A George III fiddleback mahogany tulipwood crossbanded secretaire bookcase, English, circa 1810, 240 cm high, 120 cm wide, 40 cm deep. Provenance: Christie’s, The Leo Schofield Collection, 6 November 1992, Lot 363

A Victorian mahogany secretaire bookcase, with two glazed doors above four drawers, 118 x 57 x 227 cm

A George III mahogany glazed bookcase cabinet, the pediment top with architectural flared cornice above the two multi-panelled original glazed panelled doors enclosing adjustable shelves, the base with two large plain panelled doors with quarter-round moul

A George IV astragal glazed mahogany bookcase, circa 1820, 256 cm high, 138 cm wide, 58 cm deep

A George III mahogany glazed bookcase with ebonized stringing throughout, 194 cm high, 110 cm wide, 55 cm deep

Georgian mahogany bookcase, 19th century, the rectangular molded cornice above a pair of glass doors enclosing two shelves over a long drawer, above a two panelled door cupboard, height 200 cm width 92 cm depth 46 cm

Regency mahogany secretaire bookcase, the moulded cornice over a pair of glass doors enclosing two glass shelves, the secretaire drawer fitted with eight small drawers and pigeon holes, above a pair of doors, height 223 cm width 112 cm depth 53.5 cm

A George II mahogany bureau bookcase, circa 1755, the Palladian pediment with central scrolling cartouche, above two glazed doors opening to reveal shelves, below which there is a fall front opening to reveal compartments and drawers, above two half width

A William IV mahogany breakfront secretaire bookcase, with satin wood stringing and ivory escutcheon, the fallfron drawer revealing pigeon holles and drwers, (Gr patent double pin locks) 152 width x 46 depth x 233 cm height

An English flame mahogany four door breakfront bookcase having four panelled doors below and four astragal glazed doors above. 240 cm high, 278 cm wide, 47 cm deep

A fine English mahogany four door breakfront bookcase having four panelled doors below, four central drawers and four astragal glazed doors above. 223 cm high, 233 cm wide, 51 cm deep

A Victorian mahogany bookcase, with two glazed doors, above two panelled lower doors,131.5 x 217 x 46 cm

A floor standing mahogany bookcase, with two astragal glazed doors, above out swept supports, 103 x 134 x 32 cm

An impressive Victorian mahogany library book-case, 1860s/70s, of three-bay break-front form, the upper section with moulded cornice with modillions above six sliding glazed doors enclosing adjustable shelves, the projecting lower section with six panelled

An Empire-Stye ormolu-mounted mahogany bibliotheque, first half 20th century, the moulded cornice above a pair of arch-glazed and panelled doors enclosing adjustable shelves, on a plinth base with paw feet, the front with neo-classical ormolu mounts throug

A mahogany table-top revolving book-case, in Georgian style with inlaid decoration to the top, containing a number of earlier 20th volumes of literature. Height 28.5 cm. Width 28 cm. Depth 28 cm.

A George III mahogany four door breakfront bookcase, 243 cm high, 196 cm wide, 46 cm deep

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.