The antique bureau bookcase is a piece of furniture first seen in the Early Georgian period and the design was so popular it carried on until the early 20th century. They will usually have glazed doors above a bureau base so ideal for studying or writing with ease of access to your books or papers. They come with interesting small drawers and pigeon holes for your stationary along with lots of drawer or cupboard space. 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. During the Edwardian period, these pieces of useful furniture was heavily produced in lots of different designs as they were in the height of fashion. Often earlier Sheraton and Chippendale influences were added to their designs but with the same purpose, for storing books and combining with a writing area. Here at Antiques World we get lots of lovely examples for sale and you can see our current selection of bookcases here.
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.
This George I antique bureau bookcase 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. It is a warm golden shade of walnut with a striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.
Mahogany Antique Bureau Bookcase.
This elegant antique mahogany bureau bookcase dates from around 1920. It has a moulded cornice above a blind fretwork carved frieze. The astragal glazed doors open to reveal two adjustable shelves, ideal for either books or displaying decorative objects. The moulded fall front is made from beautifully figured flamed mahogany and has a key with working lock. 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 and is a bureau bookcase 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
This quality antique bureau bookcase dates from the Edwardian period, circa 1900, is made from mahogany and has relatively large proportions. It has a moulded cornice above two astragal glazed doors displaying the original bevelled glass and key with working lock. Once opened the doors reveal three adjustable shelves. The bureau has a moulded fall front with a strikingly figured flamed mahogany central panel, key and working lock. The interior retains the original tooled leather writing insert and also benefits from several pigeon holes, letter racks, pen holders and four small drawers with the original brass handles. The lower section has a two over three graduating drawer configuration. All the drawers having working locks, cock beading and displaying the original brass swan neck handles. The piece as a whole stands on shaped bracket feet and still retains the original back boards. It splits into two sections, aiding transportation.
- 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.
Dear James,A very belated ‘thank you’ for the bookcases. They’re beautiful. The driver was also excellent. He phoned the day before, arrived promptly and brought the bookcases into the house with good grace!
Dear James,Just a note to thank you for the Arts & Crafts open bookcase. It is the finest piece of furniture I own. Pass on my thanks to whoever polished it so thoroughly and to the men who delivered it carefully and courteously.Very pleased.Julian