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 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 outstanding Regency mahogany bookcase, with swan neck above a pair of astragal glazed doors, the lower section with secretaire drawer, above graduated drawers on paw feet. Approx. 227 cm high, 106 cm wide, 52 cm deep

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 George III mahogany glazed bookcase cabinet, the pediment top with architectural flared cornice above the two multi-panelled original glazed panelled doors enclosing adjustable shelves, the base with two large plain panelled doors with quarter-round moul

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

Regency mahogany secretaire bookcase, the moulded cornice over a pair of glass doors enclosing two glass shelves, the secretaire drawer fitted with eight small drawers and pigeon holes, above a pair of doors, height 223 cm width 112 cm depth 53.5 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 pair of impressive Art Deco wall units with original fittings, burr walnut with fitted leather interior, bronze nickle plated handles, four doors and sectional shelving, 222 cm high, 182 cm wide, 55 cm deep

An Empire-Stye ormolu-mounted mahogany bibliotheque, first half 20th century, the moulded cornice above a pair of arch-glazed and panelled doors enclosing adjustable shelves, on a plinth base with paw feet, the front with neo-classical ormolu mounts throug

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 large antique two door bookcase or display cabinet, late 19th to early 20th century, with a shaped extended cornice above two glazed doors opening to internal shelving above a pair of framed cupboards with diagonal shiplap panels, similar to the sides, a

A Victorian Tasmanian cedar secretaire bookcase with 3 shelves and glazed doors to upper section and lower section containing secretaire draw with 4 small birds-eye Huon pine drawers and pigeon holes over a pair of cupboard doors, circa 1860, 245 cm high,

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

A matched pair of late 19th century cedar library Bookcases, each with two glazed doors enclosing shelves, within reeded surrounds, 244 x 112.3 x 25 cm

A Victorian mahogany bookcase. Second half 19th century, having an ogee pediment above a pair of glazed doors with three shelves, the extended lower section with a pair of frieze drawers and two cupboards over a plinth base, simply decorated with fielded p

Antique elevated bookcase with glazed doors above a drawer and pair of timber panel doors, 107 cm wide, 48 cm deep, 216 cm high

Pair of antique cedar Gothic bookcase from St Mary's, Goulburn

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

A Georgian secretaire bookcase, early 19th century, of generous proportions, having an architectural pediment with a pair of navette shaped astragal doors above an extended lower section with a fall front fitted drawer and three further drawers below, all

A pair of French mahogany open shelf bookcases. 100 cm high, 84 cm long, 23 cm deep

A pair of mahogany single door bookcases having wire mesh doors below and astragal glazed doors above. 215 cm high, 80 cm long, 30 cm deep

A 19th century Australian cedar bookcase with moulded cornice, above a pair of glazed doors the lower section with long drawer, above a pair of panel doors flanked by carved corbels. 226 cm high, 104 cm wide, 50 cm deep

A Victorian cedar bookcase, second half 19th century, with an arched and carved pediment above a pair of similarly shaped and decorated glass doors flanked by acanthus leaf and fruit corbels, opening to a fitted interior with an extended lower section with

A French Art Deco rosewood bookcase, circa 1935, of pleasing plain form with a central part glazed door with two drawers below flanked by a pair of three quarter height cupboards and open compartments, the doors with curved sides and cast pierced curvaceou

Early Victorian mahogany bookcase the projecting cornice above a pair of pilasters surmounted by two carved figures and a pair of glazed doors, the lower section with carved lion heads and a pair of panel doors. Height 237 cm, width 122 cm, depth 50 cm

A pair of Regency simulated rosewood open pine wall mounted Bookshelves, circa 1830. The curved shaped surmount above three shelves with carved 'S' shaped supports and waisted form back splats, 79 cm width x 16.5 cm depth x 88.5 cm height. Provenance: Purc

An unusual French walnut bookcase cabinet, early 20th century. Possibly of ecclesiastical origin with a stepped extended top and a central arched section with a pair of deeply recessed slender doors opening to shelving, flanked by open bookcases supported

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

An outstanding 19th century Australian colonial cedar cylinder front bookcase, with moulded cornice above a pair of glazed doors, the lower section with a cylinder front enclosing a Huon pine interior, above a pair of panel doors flanked by corbels

A George IV mahogany secretaire bookcase, the top with two glazed doors above a secretaire door concealing pigeon holes below a pair of panelled doors on a plinth

A George IV flame mahogany secretaire bookcase, with a moulded cornice, above a pair of astragal glazed doors, the lower section with a secretaire drawer, below a pair panel doors. 280 cm high, 110 cm wide, 54 cm deep

A good George IV flame mahogany secretaire bookcase, with a moulded cornice above a pair of astragal glazed doors, the lower section with secretaire drawer, the fall enclosing a satinwood interior, above a pair of panel doors.224 cm high, 119 cm wide, 54 c

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

A George IV flame mahogany secretaire bookcase, with a moulded cornice, above a pair of astragal glazed doors, the lower section with a secretaire drawer, the fall with inset leather writing surface above graduated drawers. 218 cm high, 127 cm wide, 57 cm

An exceptional Queen Anne - George I period walnut double-dome bureau bookcase of small proportions, with ogee moulded cornice above a pair of shaped moulded mirrored doors, the mirrors with soft edge bevels and cut with attractive starbursts and crescents

A particularly fine burr walnut breakfront bookcase, with a moulded cornice, above a pair of glazed doors with drawers below, flanked by smaller glazed doors, the lower section with four panelled doors supported on a plinth..237 cm high, 190 cm wide, 51 cm

A late 19th century mahogany bookcase with fluted cornice, above a pair of astragal glazed doors, the lower section having two drawers above a pair of panel doors on bracket feet. 196 cm high, 130 cm wide, 50 cm deep

Victorian walnut library breakfront bookcase, the moulded cornice, above a glazed door flanked pillars and glazed doors, the lower section with shaped drawer above a pair of panel doors flanked by panel doors and corbels. Provenance: acorn Antiques. 267 cm

A George IV mahogany secretaire bookcase, with a moulded cornice above a pair of astragal glazed doors, the lower section with secretaire drawer, below graduated drawers on bracket feet. 223 cm high, 115 cm wide, 54 cm deep

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