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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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

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

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

A Victorian Gothic revival bookcase late 19th century with two doors and three interior shelves each side depth 34.5 cm, height 184 cm, width 155 cm

Victorian elevated bookcase, with two glazed doors above one drawer and two lower doors, 131 cm wide, 46 cm deep, 238 cm high approx

Victorian cedar glass top & bottom bookcase with arched doors flanked by corbels

19th century mahogany cylinder front slide out secretaire bookcase

A 19th century rosewood bookcase cabinet, 221 cm high, 130 cm wide, 52 cm deep

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

An elegant Victorian walnut bookcase, second half 19th century, with an extended pediment with rounded edges and twin framed glass doors opening to three timber shelves, the extended lower section with bullnose and thumbnail edging, two oak lined frieze dr

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

Exquisite 19th century French oak breakfront glazed bookcase of four doors to the top section and four panelled doors below (Provenance: ex-Bonython Estate)

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

Victorian cedar bookcase, the moulded cornice above a pair of glazed doors enclosing shelves, the lower section with a pair of panelled doors, height 236 cm width 138 cm depth 54 cm

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

A fine Victorian walnut library corner display bookcase, 19th century, having a leather top above a strapwork frieze and two side sections each with three tiers of bookcase display shelving, later glazing, flanked by extended Corinthian columns with flutin

A solid fiddleback blackwood bookcase, Tasmanian origin, late 19th century, 222 cm high, 116 cm wide, 52 cm deep, Provenance: Purchased from Hurnall's Antiques, Melbourne

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

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

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

An Australian hardwood bookcase, late 19th century, most likely blackwood, 240 cm high, 121 cm wide, 49 cm deep

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

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

An outstanding Victorian burr-walnut bookcase, with a pair of glazed doors flanked by corbels, the lower section with a pair of panelled doors, also flanked by corbels, 237 cm high, 113 cm wide, 50.5 cm deep. Maker: James Winter & Sons, 1 Wardour Street, S

A large pine breakfront bookcase, 19th century, the extended cornice with rounded corners and dentil borders above a pair of arched glazed doors opening to shelving and a fitted writing compartment with a small drawer arrangement, pull out writing surfaces

A large Victorian cedar bookcase, 19th century, with an extended architectural cornice above a pair of glazed doors with three shelves to the interior, the extended base with an ogee profile frieze drawer above two panelled doors and a plinth base, with si

A rosewood chiffonier bookcase, English, 19th century, 138 cm high, 107 cm wide, 41 cm deep

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

Victorian burr walnut cabinet bookcase of neat proportions, with moulded cornice, adjustable shelving, enclosed by two blaze doors within acanthus top uprights, cupboard below enclosed by two panel doors within acanthus top uprights on box base

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

A fine Victorian breakfront secretaire bookcase, circa 1870., with maker's mark of A. Blain & Son, Liverpool, with an architectural pediment above four arched and carved glazed cupboards, the extended lower section with a central secretaire with a finely f

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 19th century Australian cedar bookcase, the glazed door enclosing shelves, on platform base