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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A floor bookcase in oak, three glazed doors over carved panels, sawtooth adjustable shelving to the interior, with tasseled key, 120 x 154 x 33 cm

An exquisitely carved Flemish style bookcase. 19th century in the 17th century Flemish style, breakfront featuring Renaissance Inspired full relief carvings, the base comprises four doors & drawers, the top full length top glazed doors, magnificent stateme

A four door Neo-Gothic Arts and Crafts oak bookcase of generous proportions, 317 cm high, 240 cm wide, 59 cm deep. Provenance: This impressive piece was originally commissioned by the Chirnside Family for Werribee Mansion, Victoria

A c.1930 small oak bookcase, with leadlight glazed doors & original cabinet fittings, 173 x 122 x 50 cm

A c.1920 floor bookcase in English oak, 74 x 94 x 26 cm

A blonde oak provincial style bookcase, 20th century, with an extended architectural cornice above a two section bookcase with three shelves, divided and flanked by fluted pilaster and capital decorations above pull out writing surfaces, pairs of cupboards

A Louis XV style provincial oak bookcase, early 20th century, with a stepped cornice above two full length cupboards with shaped bevel glazing to the upper section and fielded panels of conforming design below, with long brass hinges and pierced brass escu

An American oak sectional barrister's bookcase, in five sections with sliding, glazed panel doors, 1920 x 870 x 30 cm

American oak revolving bookcase, early 20th century, the moulded square top above three shelves, on brass and wooden castors, height 115 cm width 51 cm depth 54 cm

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 George III oak bureau bookcase, English circa 1780, 225 cm high, 105 cm wide, 56 cm deep

A very impressive Gothic revival oak library bookcase, French circa 1865

Victorian oak dwarf bookcase with scroll and fruit moulded capitals, the central cupboard applied with full leather book spines on box base (in two parts)

A pair of French oak gothic revival bookcases, late 19th century, 272 cm high, 100 cm wide, 38 cm deep

Antique 19th century French oak two door bookcase with glazed doors, approx 22- cm x 138 cm

Antique French carved oak two door bookcase, two drawers below, lower panels carved in relief with musical trophies, lions back in relief to the pelmet, approx 230 cm high, 110 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A large French oak bookcase, circa 1890s. The bookcase in the Louis XVI manner, with a broken pediment to an architectural cornice above a pair of glazed doors with internal shelving and flanked by fluted columns and supports to an open compartment, a pair

Oak 4 tier open front bookcase 64 cm wide, 128 cm high approx

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

Renaissance revival carved oak bookcase 19th century the deep cornice above a gadrooned frieze to double leadlight doors enclosing shelved interiors, flanked by pilasters carved with lion heads, the lower part with two carved doors, flanked by further pila

Antique French Renaissance style carved oak two door bookcase, approx 219 cm high, 130 cm wide, 46 cm deep

Rare 19th century English oak library bookcase with adjustable open shelving

Antique French Renaissance revival carved oak bookcase, carved in high relief with mask heads, water birds, fruit and foliage, approx 236 cm high, 129 cm wide, 57 cm deep

Vintage oak leadlight two door bookcase, approx 167 cm high, 91 cm wide, 28 cm deep

A pale French oak Moderniste bookcase, circa 1940s, of elegant simple form with three glazed doors with beaded trim and timber panelled lower sections, rounded edges and raised on a recessed and waisted plinth base. Height 165 cm. Width 175 cm. Depth 43 cm

Taylor and Co. oak secretaire bookcase, approx 213 cm high, 97 cm wide, 54 cm deep

A Victorian oak Gothic revival glazed bookcase, 19th century, with an extended cornice above a relief carved frieze with trailing foliage, a pair of arched astragal glazed doors opening to shelving, with shaped and panelled drawers and a pair of cupboards

Arts and crafts bookcase in English oak 33 x 31 x 130 cm

A French Louis XV style oak bibliotheque with a domed cornice above a pair of glazed doors on short carved cabriole legs. 260 cm high, 112 cm wide, 42 cm deep

Antique Renaissance style carved oak floor open bookcase, approx 143 cm high, 152 cm wide, 36 cm deep

Antique French Henri II style three door bookcase decorated with carved oak leaves and barley twist supports, approx 245 cm high, 225 cm wide, 56 cm deep

Vintage oak bureau bookcase, with glazed door bookcase over 4 front bureau, 2 drawers and 2 doors, 86 cm wide, 194 cm high

19th century English oak library bookcase with glazed doors

Antique Scottish oak bookcase, by John Taylor & Son, Edinburgh, 64 cm wide, 128 cm high

An English oak glazed barristers bookcase in 4 sections by Globe Wernicke

An English oak glazed barristers bookcase in 4 sections by Globe Wernicke

French oak 4 door bookcase with carved panel and glazed doors; height 195 cm, width 233 cm, depth 52 cm