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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Beard Watson bureau bookcase, with glass door bookcase (1 glass panel missing), over fall front bureau, 2 drawers and 2 doors, 111 cm wide, 215 cm high

A very rare and collectable cedar campaign bookcase Australian 205 x 95 x 55 cm in three parts fitted with three flights of drawers, to the base cupboard, the bureau section and behind the pigeon hole section of the bureau each section fitted with six bras

Edwardian cedar bureau bookcase. Double glazed doors in the top section, 4 front drawer over two carved panel doors

Important and early cedar secretaire bookcase, previously undocumented with 18th century design elements and Georgian master crafted cabinet work, with Hepplewhite inspired swan necked pediment with Chippendale pinwheel adornment. Georgian 13 pane glazing

Circa 1910's bureau bookcase. Queensland maple with fitted dropfront bureau (no locks). In two sections. Height 240 cm. Width 128 cm. Depth 51 cm

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