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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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
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 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 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
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:
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
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 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
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