Antique Georgian Bookcases were pieces of 18th Century antique furniture owned by the very wealthy, as only the rich would own a large collection of books during this period. They were grand freestanding pieces built to fit in as part of the architecture of the home, often made for manor houses, Libraries or offices. The upper part will always be glazed (often with astragal glazing bars) to display books and the lower part having drawers or blind cupboard doors. Antique Georgian Bookcases can be very large in size and in unusual shapes like the break front. They were built in Solid Mahogany or Oak and designed by master furniture designers such as Chippendale or Gillows of Lancaster. The level of craftsmanship used in their construction is self evident using only the best quality brass fittings, including swan neck handles, unusual scrolled pediments, having Grecian design mouldings and will stand on bracket feet or break-fronted plinths. It is always best to try to find these bookcases in original condition as possible with charming character from years of use along with the lovely old wavy glass panels that would have been produced by hand. Here at antiques world, we preserve the original finish and patina by lovingly restoring our antiques. This is done with traditional techniques and only using the finest quality bees waxes. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale or to see the full selection click here.
Georgian Bookcases for sale
Georgian Mahogany bookcases were of taller proportions with decorative dental moulding and astragal glazing.
This example is of a very unusual Size, being Tall and Slim proportions, ideal for an alcove.
This piece is from the later 18th Century being glazed above a chest of drawers built from Solid Oak with Decorative Cross-banding inlay.
Here is a wonderful example of an adaptation that makes this period piece a splendid size and would fit wonderfully in any small space.
This is a rare find, a Large Break Fronted Mahogany Library Bookcase and is a truly sensational piece. It has four astragal glazed doors above two over two graduating oak lined cock beaded drawers with beautifully figured fronts and quality brass handles.
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 JamesJust to let you know that the bookcase arrived this morning as arranged. We are really pleased with it.Many thanks.Best wishesVikki
- James – Excellent all round – many thanks,
We recently took delivery of a bookcase and chest of drawers and are absolutely delighted with both. Having never before bought any antiques online, we were more than a little apprehensive at making such large, and lifelong, investments 'sight unseen' but both pieces were very accurately described (as to dimensions and, all important, condition) and we could not be more pleased with our purchases. Prior to purchasing, James was extremely helpful and good-natured about our various questions and we were then highly impressed by how carefully both items were wrapped for safe delivery (arriving exactly when scheduled). Excellent all round - many thanks!