Antique Library Bookcases

Antique Library Bookcases

With the lavish lifestyles of the Georgian and Victorian Upper class homes, they produced furniture to impress,  furniture designers were coming up with superb larger new pieces with features displaying  architectural themes. This would include the magnificent antique library bookcases, usually constructed from the finest quality timbers and quality fittings. Here on antiques world we have got some superb antique bookcases for sale including some very large examples and if you visit our bookcases category you will see our latest stock available for sale.

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This striking Edwardian mahogany antique library bookcase with original makers’ label, belonging to A Gardner & Son of Glasgow, dates back to 1900. It has a moulded cornice with reeded frieze and eye catching central carved rams head. It has three glazed doors with key and working locks and each interior has three adjustable shelves. The lower section of the antique bookcase has a beautifully figured top above three cupboard doors with central flamed mahogany panels. Each interior has one removable shelf and the whole piece stands on splayed bracket feet and is a rich, medium mahogany with a striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing. The piece splits into two sections making transportation that bit easier.

Edwardian Mahogany Antique Library Bookcase – by A. Gardner & Son of Glasgow. Edwardian Mahogany Antique Library Bookcase – by A. Gardner & Son of Glasgow. Edwardian Mahogany Antique Library Bookcase – by A. Gardner & Son of Glasgow.

Large Regency Break Fronted Mahogany Antique Secretaire Library Bookcase.
It is with great pleasure we offer for sale this extremely rare find; a large break fronted mahogany antique secretaire library bookcase dating from around 1830 in the Regency period. It is of superb quality constructed from the finest quality mahogany. It has a deep break fronted moulded cornice above four glazed doors which are framed by pilasters with tulip carved capitals. The doors have arched mouldings, key and working locks and each interior has four adjustable shelves. The lower section has a break fronted moulded top above a deep central secretaire drawer with a fall front, still with the original brass mechanism, and Hobbs of London lock with key. The interior of the secretaire drawer has the original black tooled leather writing insert, several pigeon holes and small mahogany lined drawers with ebonised turned handles. Either side of the secreatire drawer can be found two beautifully figured concealed drawers which can only be accessed using secret buttons from within the secretaire drawer itself!
Below the drawers are four beautifully flamed mahogany doors, with arched mouldings, and working locks with key. The interior of the central cupboard has three mahogany lined drawers with original turned handles (one slightly chipped) and original blue lining paper. The outer two cupboards each have a single fixed shelf, and working lock with key. Again the doors are flanked by pilasters which are topped with tulip carved capitals.
This magnificent antique bookcase is of the finest quality and really is a rare find indeed.

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Large Regency Break Fronted Mahogany Antique Secretaire Library Bookcase. Large Regency Break Fronted Mahogany Antique Secretaire Library Bookcase.

This impressive and unusual pair of large burr walnut antique library bookcases date from the Victorian period. The pair is made up of one large eight door bookcase and a smaller four door bookcase. They show signs of being adapted in the early 1900’s and were most likely commissioned to fit a particular space. The cornice is moulded below which sits a figured walnut frieze. The doors have beautifully moulded glazing bars, brass handles and key with some working locks. The lower sections have panels that are delightfully figured with burr walnut. The interiors of the top sections all have three fixed shelves while the lower sections all have two fixed shelves. This unique pair of antique library bookcases stand on moulded plinths and are a beautifully golden shade of walnut with a striking grain, good patina, are in very good condition and have been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.

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Pair of Large Burr Walnut Antique Victorian Library Bookcases. Pair of Large Burr Walnut Antique Victorian Library Bookcases.

This Magnificent Quality Regency Mahogany Library Bookcase dates from around 1830 and has been constructed from the finest mahogany timbers. It is of unusual slender proportions, probably a bespoke built piece, so it does not protrude too much into a room but can still store a vast quantity of books. The bookcase has a moulded cornice above three astragal glazed doors with key and working locks. Each interior has four adjustable shelves. The lower section of the bookcase has three cupboard doors that are beautifully figured with plum pudding mahogany and have moulded edges, key and working locks. Each interior has three adjustable shelves. The bookcase stands on a moulded plinth, splits into three sections for removal and is a rich medium mahogany

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Magnificent Quality Regency Mahogany Library Bookcase Magnificent Quality Regency Mahogany Library Bookcase

Large Antique Victorian Break Fronted Mahogany Library Bookcase.
Dating from around 1890 in the Victorian period this impressive break fronted mahogany antique library bookcase has very large proportions. It has a moulded cornice, complete with dental moulding, above three astragal glazed doors with key and working locks. The interior has three adjustable shelves.
The top sits on a break fronted base with three cupboard doors, all with moulded panels and keys with working locks. The interior has a single removable shelf. This stately and stylish antique library bookcase sits on a moulded plinth and has aged to a medium shade of mahogany. It is a grand example of Victorian carpentry and shows signs (to the expert eye) of being partly constructed from a much earlier piece.

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Large Antique Victorian Break Fronted Mahogany Library Bookcase.

This is a magnificent example of a quality mahogany large antique library bookcase with a low waist dating from around 1850. A rectangular moulded cornice sits above three glazed doors with arched moulding, key and working locks. The three adjustable interior shelves can be moved accordingly to best display your books through the original glass panels. The lower section has a ‘low waist’, making it aesthetically pleasing to the eye, with a rectangular beautifully figured top and having a moulded lower edge. The three cupboard doors have moulded central panels and key with working locks. The two outer interiors have a single shelf while the central cupboard has three mahogany lined drawers with brass pull handles. The whole bookcase stands majestically on a plain plinth and splits into three sections, aiding removal and transportation. This is a very impressive bookcase with simple but stylish lines and a fineness of finish only found in true quality pieces.

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Magnificent Quality Large Victorian Mahogany Antique Low Waisted Library Bookcase.

Dating from around 1870 in the Victorian period this fabulous antique mahogany library bookcase has large proportions and comes complete with a secretaire drawer. It has a shaped moulded break fronted cornice above four glazed doors that display arched mouldings and the original glass, the doors also benefit from a key and working locks. The interiors consist of three adjustable shelves in the outer cabinets and two adjustable shelves in the central cabinet. The base of the unit has a break fronted moulded top with rounded corners above two outer drawers and a central secretaire drawer, the drawer fronts having rosewood turned handles. The interior of the secretiare contains a faux leather writing surface, six small mahogany lined drawers with striking birds eye maple fronts along with three pigeon holes. The secretaire opens using the original brass folding mechanism. Below the drawers there are four beautifully figured cupboard doors all with arched mouldings, central panels and small turned handles. Each cupboard interior has a single removable shelf. The whole bookcase stands on a moulded break fronted plinth and has the usual minor character marks but is overall in very good condition. It splits into five sections making transportation and positioning easier than one might otherwise think.

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Large Victorian Mahogany Break Fronted Antique Secretaire Library Bookcase. Large Victorian Mahogany Break Fronted Antique Secretaire Library Bookcase.

This magnificent antique library bookcase dates from the late Victorian period, circa 1900, and has been constructed from the finest quality walnut timbers by a true craftsman. It retains the renowned makers stamp, Maple & Co., who are famous worldwide for their quality pieces, especially in the Arts and Crafts design. This particular bookcase has a moulded cornice above three glazed doors with the original, and unusual, bevelled glass, original handles and keys with working locks. The doors hang from the finest quality brass hinges, a key design feature on the bookcase. The interiors of the two outer displays contain four adjustable shelves while the central interior contains just three. The lower section has a rectangular moulded top above three mahogany lined drawers again with moulded edges and original brass handles. Below these can be found three cupboard doors with magnificent central raised fielded and carved panels. The skill required to achieve the detailing displayed is truly mind blowing and very rarely found in modern day equivalents. The doors again hang from the original quality brass hinges and have the original brass handles. The interior of each cupboard contains a single removable shelf. The bookcase has reeded sides, stands on turned feet and can be split into two sections to aid removal. This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a magnificent quality bookcase made by the renowned craftsman at Maple & Co. and heavily influenced by the Arts & Crafts movement of the late Victorian and early Edwardian period.

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Quality Walnut Antique Victorian Library Bookcase by Maple & Co. Maple and co bookcase Quality Walnut Antique Victorian Library Bookcase by Maple & Co.

 

Dating from around 1870 in the Victorian period this spectacular Grand antique library bookcase is constructed from the finest quality solid oak timbers and made to very large proportions. The level of craftsmanship used in its construction is self evident and the fact that even the shelves and back boards are made from solid ash is testament to its quality. It has a decorative moulded cornice above four glazed doors with arched mouldings and beautifully hand carved corbels dividing the separate sections. The doors have working locks operated by a single key while each interior has three adjustable shelves. The lower section has a beautifully figured top with moulded edge over three mahogany lined drawers displaying the original brass handles. Beneath these can be found four cupboard doors, all with moulded edges and central raised fielded panels. The cupboards are divided by reeded carved columns while the interiors each contain a single removable shelf. The bookcase stands on a plain plinth, splits into three sections and has aged to a very rich warm shade of oak.

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Grand Victorian Solid Oak Antique Library Bookcase

 

This Magnificent Victorian Break Front Burr Walnut Antique Library Bookcase circa, 1860 has been constructed from striking burr walnut which is extremely rare and unique.  It has a moulded break front cornice above three glazed doors with decorative beaded edge and elegant carved corbels, sitting on pilasters.  Each interior benefits from four adjustable shelves.  The lower section of this amazing bookcase has a break front moulded top above three beautifully figured cupboard doors with beaded edge again with elegant scrolled corbels sitting on pilasters.  Each interior has one removable shelf and it sits on a plain break fronted plinth.  You would certainly be bowled over by the magnificence of this wonderful bookcase and it also splits into several sections for easy removal.  The Burr Walnut has  aged  to a wonderful golden shade with a striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.

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Magnificent Victorian Break Front Burr Walnut Antique Library Bookcase

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