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...Small enough to stand on the floor beside a chair, it was an ideal companion for the bookworm, and is still being made. A large number of these were made from the 1930s to the 1950s for sale with a complete set of the Encyclopedia Britannica. However in the market place revolving bookcases are scarce.In Australia bookcases tended to follow the fashionable British designs. The finest examples were made in cedar, sometimes veneered with rarer native species. Others, towards the later part of the colonial period, were made of pine, frequently stained or varnished, and featuring the typical Edwardian machine carvings in the pediments and lower door panels.
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
A colonial kauri bookcase chiffonier, the tall top with two arched glazed doors, stepped ogee pediment, carved corbel supports, four adjustable shelves with tooled leather aprons, the base with two shaped frieze drawers above two panelled doors, conforming
Colonial solid mottled kauri bookcase the upper section with glazed panelled doors the lower section with two frieze drawers above panelled cupboards raised on a platform base. Height 216 cm. Width 114 cm
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 19th century Australian colonial cedar bookcase, with a shaped cornice, above a pair of glazed doors flanked by corbels, the lower section with a secretaire drawer flanked by corbels, above a pair of panel doors supported on a plinth. 233 cm high, 128 cm
Tasmanian Colonial cedar bookcase in the Sheraton style, c1835. Finely crafted in full cedar with 4 astrigal glazed doors & adjustable shelves. Height 251 cm, width 130 cm, depth 40 cm. Provenance: The Estate of the late Christopher Pearson, Adelaide
Colonial cedar bookcase comprising 3 upper doors and 3 lower doors all panelled in solid cedar, c1870. Height 243 cm, width 204 cm, depth 54 cm. Provenance: The Estate of the late Christopher Pearson, Adelaide
Colonial birds eye huon pine glass top bookcase with rolled drawer front flat pilasters and carved capitals. Huon pine secondaries, 225 cm high x 135 wide x 51 cm deep. Provenance: Property of Reverend Harlan Delbridge and Dr Dorothy Delbridge (Tasmania's
A good New Zealand colonial solid and veneered mottled kauri bookcase secretaire, the tall cabinet back of two glazed doors, each with two long Gothic arch topped detail, original glass, enclosing four original adjustable shelves, flared stepped pediment,
A 19th century Australian colonial cedar bookcase, the stepped cornice above two arch panelled glazed doors, the projecting lower section with two ogee frieze drawers and two further conforming panelled doors, plinth base. Provenance original furnishing of
An important 19th century Australian colonial cedar lawyer’s bookcase, the moulded cornice, above a pair frosted glazed doors with incised decoration flanked by Corinthian columns, the lower section with carved anthemion decoration, above a pair of arched
An Australian Colonial cedar bookcase, with stepped cornice above the two arched glazed doors, enclosing cedar adjustable shelves, set upon two deep set drawers on shaped bracket base 123 cm width x 53 cm depth x 210 cm high
A 19th century Australian colonial cedar bookcase, with moulded cornice above a pair of glazed doors flanked by corbels, the lower section with shaped long drawer above a pair of arched panel door flanked by corbels
A good New Zealand colonial rimu bookcase secretaire, the top with two glazed panelled doors enclosing adjustable shelves, ogee stepped cornice, scroll and floral carved detail, the base with a fitted secretaire drawer with Maori decorated (Tutenberg), bra
A rare, early Australian cedar secretaire bookcase, circa 1835, the moulded cornice above a pair of raised half arch panelled doors with lotus leaf carved decoration, enclosing shelves above a secretaire drawer enclosing pigeon holes and drawers above two
Fine quality Tasmanian Colonial huon pine glazed bookcase with two glazed doors to the top section flanked by carved corbels above a full width drawer and two panelled doors (early Tasmanian storage Company label to inside of glazed door)
A 19th century Australian colonial cedar Gothic library bookcase. Made for a convent in Ballarat, circa 1880, breakfront with a shaped moulded cornice, below a glazed door flanked by smaller glazed doors, the lower section with a three deep drawers, below
An Australian cedar bookcase, circa 1835, the ogee moulded cornice above a pair of glazed doors, each with three horizontal bars decorated with foliate scrolled ends, with further foliate scrolled spandres, above a pair of well figured flame cedar cupboard
A mid-19th century Australian Colonial mahogany library bookcase, with a shaped pediment, a pair of rectangular glazed doors, flanked by pilasters, the lower section with secretaire drawer, with full enclosing fitted interior, below a pair of panelled door
A mid 19th century Australian Colonial cedar bookcase with shaped pediment, below a pair of glazed doors enclosing adjustable shelves flanked by corbels, the lower section with long drawer, and a pair of panelled doors flanked by corbels supported on plint
A rare and important early colonial neo-classical cedar bookcase Australian, Sydney, multi-paned glazed top with original drawn glass, (11 panes to each side), carved scroll crests, fielded cross-banding to doors and cornice, two ogee fronted drawers, fram
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