Antique Library Bookcases are large pieces built to store a huge amount of books in amazing timbers like Burr walnut or Solid figured Mahogany. With the lavish lifestyles of the Georgian and Victorian Upper class homes, they produced antique 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, stately and stylish with quality brass fittings and unusual features. They were a grand example of 19th Century carpentry with glazed fronts, adjustable shelving and cleverly splits into several 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 as they would have been hand french polished so build up a beautiful patina over time. Because of their grand proportions they offered massive storage space along with decorative and useful features such as a secretaire drawer. The best examples were break-fronted with carved corbels or pilasters, still retaining their original ‘wavy’ glass. Here on antiques world we have got some superb antique bookcases for sale including some very large impressive library bookcases. Have a look below at a few we have on offer or visit our shop to see lots more available.
Library & Breakfront Bookcases for sale
below are some examples of previous sold and if any look of interest please let us know as we can keep you informed of new exiting acquisitions that come in stock –
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. The piece splits into two sections making transportation that bit easier.
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. 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.
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. This unique pair of antique library bookcases stand on moulded plinths and are a beautifully golden shade of walnut.
Early 19th Century Mahogany Library Bookcase by Cecil Halliday. It has been constructed from the finest mahogany timbers and 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 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.
Magnificent example of a Mahogany library bookcase with a low waist dating from around 1850. 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.
Library bookcase complete with a secretaire drawer, the interior 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.
Library bookcase constructed from the finest quality walnut timbers by a true craftsman and 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 skill required to achieve the detailing displayed is truly mind blowing and very rarely found in modern day equivalents. 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.
Grand Arts & Crafts library bookcase 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.
Victorian Break Front Burr Walnut Antique Library Bookcase, 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. 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.
Hi JamesJust wanted to say a big thank you for the bookcases which arrived safely and promptly this afternoon. They are simply stunning – we are very thrilled with them! A fantastic service end to end. We look forward to keeping an eye on your collections and visiting again.warm regardsAnne
- Super Quality Solid Oak Antique Library Bookcase,
Hi James, Just to let you know that the bookcase was safely delivered on Thursday and is every bit as magnificent as you described. We will keep an any on your website for our next purchase. With Regards, Howard
Thanks for all of your help with the delivery!Books are now (mostly) all in and it’s helping to slowly make my house feel like home.Kind regards,Andrew