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 elaborate bureau bookcase. Fall front writing bureau, with two door fitted cabinet over three drawer chest, teak with very elaborate camel bone inlay on foliage, ducks & doves front feet carved lions paws, Gujarat India

An 18th century bureau bookcase, in highly figured walnut veneer. The base of serpentine shape and the fall opening to a well laid out interior. The top with a cupboard with arched mirror doors under a shaped broken arched pediment. Later finials and handl

Edwardian mahogany bureau bookcase of GeoIII design with moulded cornice, shelving enclosed by two astragal glazed doors, the bureau with four drawers

A Georgian mahogany bookcase bureau c.1790, and later, the upper section with two door glazed cabinet with three interior shelves, the bureau having fold-out door with tooled leather writing surface. The interior with drawers, letter racks and stationery c

A George III mahogany, two door bookcase bureau with secretaire, circa 1790 the top with two astragal glazed doors and three interior shelves, the lower with pullout secretaire drawer having interior drawers, stationery compartments over three lower drawer

An Edwardian mahogany and inlay bureau bookcase, with astragal glazed doors, fall front and drawers below. Width 92 cm

Georgian glass topped bookcase bureau. Upper section with two astragal glazed doors opening to Three adjustable shelves. Drop front bureau opens to 10 internal fitted drawers and several pigeon holes. Under section with 4 full length drawers. Key escutcheo

A Dutch inlaid walnut bureau bookcase, 18th century, with arched pediment inlaid with shell, ivory and tinted ivory above an upper section with a central cupboard and a series of drawers, a fall front opening to reveal further drawers, and two lower cupboa

A George II mahogany bureau bookcase, circa 1755, the Palladian pediment with central scrolling cartouche, above two glazed doors opening to reveal shelves, below which there is a fall front opening to reveal compartments and drawers, above two half width

A walnut secretaire bureau bookcase, 20th century; 212 cm high, 88 cm wide, 44 cm deep

A George III oak bureau bookcase, English circa 1780, 225 cm high, 105 cm wide, 56 cm deep

A George III pine bureau bookcase, English 18th century, 210 cm high, 110 cm wide, 50 cm deep

Fine English mahogany Sheraton style bureau bookcase, approx 219 cm high, 102 cm wide, 54 cm deep

A Georgian mahogany astragal glazed, secretaire bookcase, bureau, the top part with two doors and three interior shelves, the base with pullout shelf, over fold-out door with tooled leather writing surface; the interior with stationery compartments and dra

A George IV mahogany and banded five drawer bureau bookcase. 260 cm high, 170 cm wide, 54 cm deep.

An English mahogany 19th century four drawer drop front bureau bookcase. Height 216 cm, width 97 cm, depth 53 cm.

A fine English 18th century Chinoiserie bureau bookcase. 246 cm high, 97 cm wide, 56 cm deep

Composed George III bureau bookcase with moulded dentille cornice, adjustable shelving enclosed by two glazed astragal doors, inlaid fall front revealing fitted interior, four graduated cockbeaded drawers on bracket feet

Antique English figured walnut bureau bookcase, fall front revealing a fitted interior, above four cross banded graduating drawers, standing shaped bracket feet, 198 cm high, 93 cm wide

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

Vintage oak bureau bookcase, with glazed door bookcase over 4 front bureau, 2 drawers and 2 doors, 86 cm wide, 194 cm high

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

George III two height bureau bookcase, with Adam style pediment, approx 239 cm high, 106 cm wide, 53 cm deep

Oregon bureau bookcase with glass door elevated bookcase above a fitted interior fall front bureau and 4 drawers, 130 216

George III mahogany bureau bookcase. Height 220 cm, width 127 cm, depth 54 cm. Provenance: Sothebys 'Rivkin Collection' (lot 430)

A good late Georgian walnut bureau bookcase of pleasing colour and proportions. The glazed upper section with three adjustable shelves. The fall front revealing pigeon holes in elm with five drawers below on bracket feet. Height 220 cm. Width 115 cm. Depth

Antique Georgian mahogany bureau bookcase, fitted with fret work glazed doors, the fall front revealing a fitted interior. Approx 209 cm high, 91 cm wide, 58 cm depth

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

Georgian mahogany bureau bookcase. Interior fitted with flame mahogany drawers and compartments with ivory handles. Cock-beaded drawers with brass handles and astragal glazed doors. Lovely proportions. 212 cm x 81 cm x 53 cm

George II mahogany bureau bookcase, the moulded cornice above a pair glazed doors enclosing shelves, the lower section with a hinged slope enclosing, a fall enclosing a stepped interior and a well above three graduated drawers, below two short and two long

Georgian mahogany bureau bookcase, with astragal glazed doors and fitted interior

A Sheraton Revival mahogany bureau bookcase, the moulded cornice above an astragal glazed door, the lower bureau section with fitted interior, above three drawers on bracket feet. 198 cm high, 61 cm wide, 44 cm deep.

Vintage bureau bookcase fall front bureau with enclosed book shelf above and below, 2 door cabinet at the bottom, 76 cm wide, 146.5 cm high

Antique bureau bookcase fall front bureau with pigeon hole interior, enclosed bookcase with adjustable shelves above, 2 drawers & 2 doors below, 84 cm wide, 210 cm high

Antique mahogany barrel roll top bureau bookcase slide out desk with fitted interior, enclosed bookcase above with 3 adjustable shelves, 2 door cabinet below, 128 cm wide, 229 cm high

Late Victorian bureau bookcase fall front bureau with fitted interior, enclosed bookcase above and 2 door cabinet below, 117 cm wide, 32 cm deep, 237 cm high

An English Georgian mahogany bureau bookcase, circa 1800, a moulded cornice above a pair of astragal glazed doors with interior wooden shelves, a fall front opening to a leather tooled writing plane and an arrangement of drawers, pigeon holes and a central

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