The antique bureau bookcase is a piece of antique furniture first seen in the Early Georgian period and the design was so popular it carried on until the early 20th century. The antique bureau bookcase will usually have glazed doors above a bureau base so ideal for studying or writing with ease of access to your books or papers. Their interiors come with interesting features, with tooled leather writing inserts, pigeon holes, letter racks, pen holders and small drawers with brass handles, ideal for stationary. The rarest examples were from the 18th century in Walnut, often with feather banding detail on the front. They became more popular in the Georgian period with the main timbers being used was Mahogany with astragal glazed tops. The astragal glazed doors open to reveal adjustable shelves, ideal for either books or displaying decorative objects. During the Edwardian period, these fine antique bookcases were more heavily produced in lots of different new designs as they were the height of fashion. Often earlier Sheraton and Chippendale influences were added to their decoration with elegant inlays and quality brass fittings. Because of their clever carpentry, they split into two sections, aiding transportation, so will fit into most homes. Here at Antiques World we get lots of lovely examples for sale and you can see our current selection of bookcases here or you can see a small collection below.