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.
Bureau Bookcases for sale
Below is a selection of past pieces that we have sold and if any look of interest please email us so we can add you onto our wanted list and update you with new acquisitions.
Early 18th Century Figured Walnut Antique Bureau Bookcase. dating from the George I period it is very rare due to it being made from Walnut, circa 1730. It has a moulded cornice above two glazed doors, with key and working lock, fronting an interior with two adjustable shelves. The moulded fall front is beautifully figured and has lovely feathered banding, when opened it reveals an interior that contains a red leather writing surface, small oak lined drawers and several pigeon holes. The lower section has three graduating cock beaded oak lined drawers with brass handles and feather banding detail on the front. This is a truly fine and rare antique bureau bookcase that stands on shaped bracket feet and has minor marks and old repairs, all adding to its character and authenticity and to be expected in a piece that is nearly 300 years old.
Mahogany Antique Bureau Bookcase with blind fretwork carved frieze and moulded fall front is made from beautifully figured flamed mahogany. The interior has the original brown tooled leather writing insert, a central cupboard door and several small drawers and pigeon holes. The lower section has a two over three graduating drawer configuration, all having the original brass swan neck handles. There is a decorative lower edge above delightfully scrolled carved cabriole legs with ball and claw feet and shell motif.
Quality, Mid Georgian, Antique Mahogany Bureau Bookcase. This wonderful example of mid Georgian carpentry dates from around 1770, is made from mahogany, ideal for the antiques enthusiast. The moulded cornice displays dental moulding and sits above two glazed doors with cross banding and astragal glazed panels, the doors having a key with working lock. The interior of the bookcase contains three adjustable shelves. Between the top bookcase and bureau base can be found two pull out candle support slides…….maybe even the Georgians sat at their desk working late into the night?? The bureau itself consists of a moulded fall front, being richly figured, which when opened reveals an interior displaying a small central cupboard and several small drawers and pigeon holes. It also contains two secret slides which flank the cupboard and have reeded fronts. The base has four graduating oak lined drawers with magnificent brass Rococo period handles and key escutcheons. This truly delightful piece stands on shaped bracket feet and displays a wealth of charm and character only found in a genuine antique.
Quality Inlaid Edwardian Mahogany Antique Bureau Bookcase
Flamed Mahogany 19th Century Bureau Bookcase of relatively large proportions. It has a moulded cornice above two astragal glazed doors displaying the original bevelled glass and key with working lock. The bureau has a moulded fall front with a strikingly figured flamed mahogany central panel, key and working lock. The piece as a whole stands on shaped bracket feet and still retains the original back boards.
- Lyndon Mason,
Fabulous piece of furniture and first rate service from James and not forgetting Chris his excellent courier. We travelled right across the country to buy this cabinet but it was totally worth it. Five stars all round.
- bookcase/chiffonier and chest of drawers,
Dear James,With many apologies for not getting in touch sooner, we just wanted to let you know how delighted we are with both the bookcase/chiffonier and chest of drawers which arrived last Thursday. They’re both absolutely perfect for our needs and we’re now wondering how we managed without them! Thank you very much indeed for arranging such efficient delivery - Carl was punctual to the minute, both pieces were brilliantly packed and then revealed to be exactly as described. The whole experience has been fantastic :)With very best wishes, and renewed thanks,Caroline & James
- John Blackburn, Hello James, a short note to say thanks for altering and storing our bookcases - the one you altered to 111mm fitted perfectly, with quite literally a couple of mm to spare.The delivery guys were 1st rate too.Many thanks,John