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 early 20th century Australian Blackwood arts and crafts bookcase. 182 cm high, 115 cm wide, 38.5 cm deep

A four door Neo-Gothic Arts and Crafts oak bookcase of generous proportions, 317 cm high, 240 cm wide, 59 cm deep. Provenance: This impressive piece was originally commissioned by the Chirnside Family for Werribee Mansion, Victoria

A maple 1920s arts and crafts book case with lead light inserts, 175 cm high. 150 cm wide, 35 cm deep

An Australian Arts and Crafts blackwood bookcase, cicra 1900, reputedly one of the original features from Buckley & Nunn department store, 192 cm high, 92 cm wide, 28 cm deep

A small Australian blackwood open bookcase in the arts and crafts style, circa 1900. 106 cm high, 66 cm wide, 28 cm deep

Antique arts & crafts style elevated bookcase with glazed door cabinet (3 shelves), above 2 drawers and 2 timber panel doors, parts for base section are to the side, 123 cm wide, 203 cm high

Arts and crafts bookcase in English oak 33 x 31 x 130 cm

A rare late 19th century 'Arts & Crafts' mahogany revolving bookcase fitted with drawers and carved panels in the Gothic manner

An English Arts & Crafts mahogany bookcase, with tooled leather and stud mounted shelves 88 cm width x 29 cm depth x 106 cm high

Unusual rustic Arts & Crafts bookcase in fiddleback oak with huon pine secondaries

An Arts & Crafts period bureau bookcase. Two glazed doors over a fitted interior on a 6 drawer and single door base. Birds eye maple inlay to shape panels. Hidden storage in the plinth. Inscribed 'Harry Grout 1908' under bookcase. Width 126 cm. Height 234

An Arts & Crafts blackwood book cabinet W. H. Rocke & Co, Melbourne, the shaped pierced gallery with central cut brass and ebonized cartouche, above two glazed doors with conforming inlay, flanked by square fluted columns terminating in candle stands, brac