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.
An Edwardian blackwood Rolltop desk with bookcase, early 20th century, the desk with a two door four panel glazed bookcase above a tambour front, a fitted interior with pigeon holes and two drawers, an arched kneehole and a single pedestal with four drawer
An Edwardian walnut secretaire bookcase, early 20th century, the bookcase with a simple architectural pediment above a pair of framed glazed doors and three shelves, an extended lower section with a panelled relief carved drop front drawer with brass swing
A fine Edwards & Roberts Edwardian mahogany bureau bookcase, the swan neck pediment, above a pair of astragal glazed doors, below a fall with satinwood inlay enclosing drawers and pigeon holes, above graduated drawers on bracket feet. Maker stamped: Edward
An Edwardian Sheraton mahogany bureau bookcase, the moulded cornice, with a frieze with satinwood banding, above a pair of astragal glazed doors. The lower section with a fall, enclosing drawers and pigeon holes, above graduated drawers, all with satinwood
A fine Edwardian satinwood banded and marquetry bookcase by Maple & Co. with astragal glazed doors enclosing shelves above cupboard doors, cross-banded and line inlay overall and inlaid with satinwood, ambonya and fruitwood in neo classical urn designs wit
A pair of Edwardian Sheraton Revival mahogany bookcases, each with moulded cornice, above a frieze with marquetry decoration and a pair of astragal glazed doors on turned legs.200 cm high, 102 cm wide 36 cm deep.
Edwardian two door bookcase c.1900, mahogany and pine glazed upper doors, with two single drawers two door lower cupboard with carved motifs and bevelled glass mirror. Height 227 cm. Width 1200 cm. Depth 45 cm
An Edwardian revival revolving bookcase, the square top set with floral marquetry sprays surrounded by inlayed overlapping banding, the two tier lower section fitted with reeded sides above x foot. Height 77 cm. Width 48 cm
An Edwardian Oak Revolving Bookcase, circa 1900, the square bull nosed edge top with inlaid central and corner decoration and stringing over a four sectioned book storage with turned spindle partitions, height: 73 cm Width: 53 cm Depth: 53 cm
An Edwardian blackwood secretaire bookcase, circa 1910, the breakfront stepped everted canopy with dentil moulding over four tall astragal glazed doors above a recessed nook all raised upon a breakfront base with a central dropdown secretaire with feature
Edwardian mahogany elevated bookcase original ripple glass doors to upper section; adjustable shelves; lower section with two drawers and two doors with ornately carved urn and floral panels. Bears brass plate to interior 's and H Jewell, 29/30/31 Little Q
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