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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Vintage French walnut three door bookcase, approx 235 cm high, 200 cm wide, 47 cm deep

Antique French carved walnut two height bookcase/cabinet. Applied barley twist columns to the sides, applied scrolling decoration, and grotesque marks to the centre, approx 217 cm high, 116 cm wide, 52 cm deep

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

An elegant Victorian walnut bookcase, second half 19th century, with an extended pediment with rounded edges and twin framed glass doors opening to three timber shelves, the extended lower section with bullnose and thumbnail edging, two oak lined frieze dr

A fine Victorian walnut library corner display bookcase, 19th century, having a leather top above a strapwork frieze and two side sections each with three tiers of bookcase display shelving, later glazing, flanked by extended Corinthian columns with flutin

A walnut revolving library bookcase with makers label Em. Terquem, Paris, French, circa 1900, 82 cm high, 42 cm square

A fine Continental burr walnut, two door glazed bookcase c.1870, the top section having turned Jacobean side columns, two glazed doors over two half size drawers, the lower section with two half size drawers over a two door cupboard, height: 242 cm, width

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

Victorian burr walnut cabinet bookcase of neat proportions, with moulded cornice, adjustable shelving, enclosed by two blaze doors within acanthus top uprights, cupboard below enclosed by two panel doors within acanthus top uprights on box base

A French burr walnut and gilt metal mounted bibliotheque, first half 20th century, the shaped apron with gilt metal mounts below open shelves 130 width x 42 depth x 103 cm height

A walnut square revolving bookcase, English, circa 1900, 116 cm high, 58 cm square

Antique 19th century French carved walnut four door bookcase, carved to the pelmet with a foxes head, carved door fronts to the base with hunting trophies, 236 cm high, 133 cm wide, 43 cm D

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 fine walnut three door Directoire style bookcase, early 20th century, richly figured throughout with oyster and burr veneer panelling, a central glazed section with a fine mottled marble top, shelved interior and flanked by pillar cupboards with concave

A pair of impressive Art Deco wall units with original fittings, burr walnut with fitted leather interior, bronze nickle plated handles, four doors and sectional shelving, 222 cm high, 182 cm wide, 55 cm deep

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

An Edwardian walnut secretaire bookcase, early 20th century, the bookcase with a simple architectural pediment above a pair of framed glazed doors and three shelves, an extended lower section with a panelled relief carved drop front drawer with brass swing

A late Victorian walnut bookcase with astragal glaze doors,. 228 cm high, 120 cm wide, 46 cm deep.

A European walnut bookcase, later 19th century, with an extended concave cornice, a single glazed door above an extended section with a pulvinated and fluted frieze drawer, two burr walnut panelled doors upon a breakfront base with squashed bun feet, embel

A Victorian walnut bookcase, second half 19th century, the bookcase having an ogee shaped extended cornice above two glazed doors opening to three shelves, the extended lower section with an ogee frieze drawer and two recessed panelled cupboards above a pl

A Victorian walnut bookcase, second half 19th century, with a simple architectural cornice above two glazed doors opening to three shelves, the extended lower section with an ogee shaped frieze drawer and two panelled cupboard doors below upon a plinth bas

A French walnut, two door glazed bookcase, c.1900, with four adjustable interior shelves. Height 197.5 cm. Width 108 cm. Depth 40 cm

A Victorian walnut cylinder roll top secretaire bookcase, circa 1880s, with brass maker's plaque for Steinfeld Levinson & Co, Melbourne, having an architectural cornice with an arched and galleried pediment, two glazed doors flanked by pilasters above a bu

Impressive walnut double dome topped bookcase, four door cupboard below, approx 210 cm high, 180 cm long

A Victorian burr walnut and inlaid marquetry decorated two door bookcase. 216 cm high, 137 cm wide, 46 cm deep.

A Victorian walnut three door bookcase, circa 1880s. 132 cm high, 183 cm wide, 41 cm deep.

Edwardian walnut secretaire bookcase, 135 cm wide, 253 cm high

Victorian walnut breakfront elevated bookcase, with 3 glazed doors above 3 timber panel doors, 181 cm wide, 70 cm deep, 205 cm high

Antique French Louis Philippe walnut three door bookcase, approx 235 cm high, 234 cm wide, 36 cm deep

A Victorian walnut veneered & ormolu mounted bookcase. Approximately 224 cm high, 87 cm wide, 40 cm deep

A large French carved walnut glazed bookcase by Maison Lalande, circa 1900. 245 cm high, 210 cm wide, 52 cm deep

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

Superb and rare 19th century Italian walnut bookcase, two glazed doors flanked by turned columns above two panelled doors below

Antique Henri II walnut two door bookcase, approx 216 cm high, 142 cm wide, 47 cm deep

A large walnut revolving bookcase, bearing makers label, Paris, French, circa 1940. 174 cm high

An English 19th century walnut four door bookcase having four doors below and three drawers and four glazed doors above. 233 cm high, 214 cm width, 56 cm deep

Antique French Empire revival bookcase, in burr walnut, lattice work to the doors, fitted with Egyptian style gilt bronze mounts, 195 cm high, 130 cm wide

Edwardian walnut elevated bookcase with glazed 2 door bookcase above 2 drawers and 2 timber panel doors,122 cm wide, 212 cm high

Bookcase: Continental dome topped walnut bookcase, c1930s. Height 203 cm, width 113 cm, depth 43 cm

A Victorian period walnut long low bookcase with two glazed doors, three adjustable shelves, short serpentine upstand and plinth base. 136 cm x 30 cm x 89 cm