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

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

A Victorian rosewood bookcase with carved corbels and fretwork decoration, c1860, 228 cm high, 123 cm wide, 49 cm deep

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

A richly carved padouk bureau-bookcase, Dutch, 18th/19th century, 250 cm high, 136 cm wide, 53 cm deep

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

A quality Victorian rosewood bookcase, low long rectangular form with two fitted shelves, brass strung inlay, full reeded turned columns to the front corners, platform base with thumb moulded edge. 168 cm x 31 cm x 91 cm

Fine antique 19th century four glazed shaped edge panelled front bookcase / vitrine, with gilt bronze mounts, canted sides and quarter veneered panelled sides, 148 cm high, 93 cm wide

Antique 19th century French carved walnut four door bookcase, carved to the pelmet with a foxes head, carved door fronts to the base with hunting trophies, 236 cm high, 133 cm wide, 43 cm D

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

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 large glazed cedar bookcase, Australian, 19th century, 242 cm high, 157 cm wide, 47 cm deep

An Australian cedar glazed two door bookcase, 19th century, 233 cm high, 137 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

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

A Victorian cedar secretaire bookcase, second half 19th century, with an architectural pediment above two glazed doors with three shelves, a central lockable fall front section below flanked by four small graduated drawers with Wellington chest style locki

A good Victorian cedar bookcase, second half 19th century, the bookcase having a fine patina, with an architectural pediment, glazed doors with three shelves, the extended base with an ogee frieze drawer above two panelled cupboards and a plinth base, deco

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.

A 19th century Australian cedar breakfront secretaire bookcase, with carved scrolls and shell cartouche to the arched pediment above three arched glazed doors, a central secretaire drawer above recessed doors and flanked by doors with applied carved scroll

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)

Late 19th century French ebonised and brass inlaid open bookcase with galleried top and ormolu mounts.

A mahogany two door bookcase, 19th century, the low bookcase of shallow form, with two large slightly arched glazed doors opening to two shelves, and raised on a plinth base. Height 98 cm. Width 153 cm. Depth 24 cm.