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 important George III astragal glazed mahogany library breakfront bookcase, 280 cm high, 246 cm wide, 58 cm deep

George IV flame mahogany secretaire two door bookcase having drawers below and two glazed doors above, 253 cm high, 112 cm wide, 55 cm deep

A fine George IV mahogany breakfront library bookcase, English, circa 1800, 240cm high, 250cm wide, 40cm deep

The Humphrey Gray Secretaire Bookcase, rare and important Australian Colonial Cedar, Tasmanian origin, circa 1835, 232 cm high, 124 cm wide, 58 cm deep, Provenance, Orginally made for wealthy free settler Humphrey Gray (1784-1868) who emergrated to Van Die

George III oak bureau bookcase, with walnut cross banding, 116 cm wide, 232 cm high

George IV mahogany secretaire bookcase, with brass inlay decoration, the astragal glazed upper section enclosing shelves, the lower section with well fitted secretaire drawer, above three long drawers on turned bun feet, height 242 cm width 120 cm depth 57

George III mahogany secretaire bookcase, with enclosed bookcase above a fitted secretaire drawer and 3 long drawers, 109 cm wide, 229 cm high

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

A George III inverted breakfront bookcase, the cornice with moulded Chinese Chippendale decoration, above astral glazed doors, below four panelled doors, 255 cm wide approx., 40 cm deep. Provenance: Connoisseurs Stores. Melbourne, The Estate of Stanley Cra

A Georgian mahogany secetaire bookcase. English 18th century, height 241 cm, width 121 cm, depth 57 cm

A Georgian pine bookcase, English, 18th century, 238 cm high, 109 cm wide, 33 cm deep

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 richly carved padouk bureau-bookcase, Dutch, 18th/19th century, 250 cm high, 136 cm wide, 53 cm deep

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

A George III fiddleback mahogany tulipwood crossbanded secretaire bookcase, English, circa 1810, 240 cm high, 120 cm wide, 40 cm deep. Provenance: Christie’s, The Leo Schofield Collection, 6 November 1992, Lot 363

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 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 George IV astragal glazed mahogany bookcase, circa 1820, 256 cm high, 138 cm wide, 58 cm deep

A George III mahogany glazed bookcase with ebonized stringing throughout, 194 cm high, 110 cm wide, 55 cm deep

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

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

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 mahogany table-top revolving book-case, in Georgian style with inlaid decoration to the top, containing a number of earlier 20th volumes of literature. Height 28.5 cm. Width 28 cm. Depth 28 cm.

A George III mahogany four door breakfront bookcase, 243 cm high, 196 cm wide, 46 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

A Georgian mahogany re aire bookcase with glazed doors above retaire drawer and three long drawers, circa 1,800, 224 cm high. 88 cm wide, 45 cm deep

George III mahogany secretaire bookcase, c. 1800, the upper section with a moulded cornice above two astragal glazed doors, the lower section with a fall flap inlaid with satinwood and ebony, above two short and three long drawers with brass handles, raise

A George IV flame mahogany secretaire two door bookcase having four drawers below. 220 cm high, 106 cm wide, 52 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 fine quality George III flame mahogany bookcase secretaire, the top with two panel glazed doors, arch to the top of each, stepped pediment, enclosing three fitted shelves, the base with four front secretaire enclosing a fitted quality interior with drawe

A Georgian astragal glazed two door bookcase, late 18th / early 19th century, the top part bookcase with three interior shelves; the base with two half drawers over three full size drawers. Height 211 cm. Width 125 cm. Depth 52 cm

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

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 George III mahogany library bookcase, circa 1810 the moulded pediment above three Gothic arch astragal glazed doors enclosing adjustable shelves, the lower section with three panelled door cupboards, the central doors to both sections with sliding action

A George III walnut veneered secretaire bookcase, with an elaborate fitted interior to the secretaire compartment including secret drawers. 206 cm high, 107 cm wide, 84 cm deep. Provenance: Purchased from Robert Haines Gallery, Sydney

A George III mahogany secretaire bookcase, circa 1790. 270 cm high, 126 cm wide, 60 cm deep

Georgian mahogany bookcase with adjustable shelving on bracket feet

A George III mahogany secretaire bookcase the astragal glazed upper doors with Gothic arched glazing bars, above a secretaire drawer and two panelled doors, bracket feet, 124.5 x 243 x 59 cm Provenance: purchased from Kent Antiques, Melbourne, 4th October

A George III satinwood inlaid mahogany bookcase, circa 1800 having a moulded and inlaid cornice to the top, two thirteen pane astragal glazed satinwood banded doors opening to reveal adjustable shelves, the lower section having two panelled and satinwood b

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