Antique Breakfront Bookcases were first seen as far back as the Georgian era in Mahogany and designed by skilled cabinet makers such as Chippendale. They were usually quite grand in size with features like a swan neck pediment sitting on top and glazed front doors on the front. The Breakfront, on an antique bookcase is the shape of a piece that steps forward in the centre or sometimes you can see the same design, but in an inverted breakfront so the piece steps back in the centre not forward. This is often seen in large antique library bookcases with glazed tops above cupboard bases and really are grand pieces of furniture. This shape was also used in the Victorian era on long open bookcases, with a decorative carved frieze and lots of book storage.  Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.