First seen in the Georgian period, Antique Open Bookcases are one of those useful pieces of furniture that can house a large book collection, without the hassle of having to open doors to gain quick access, as it is open fronted. You can often see good examples from the Regency period, breakfront in Mahogany, but they are more commonly seen from the Victorian and Edwardian eras in Walnut and Oak timbers. Most have adjustable shelves, using brass buttons, or slatted wood sections enabling you to have the shelves at various heights. They can stand on a simple plain plinth, to splayed bracket feet and come with little details like blind fretwork carvings or inlay around the edges. These practical antique bookcases also can have decorative carved corbels to column sides, making each piece unique. They are extremely popular pieces of antique furniture and don’t usually hang around due to their smaller size so are easy to fit into any home and surprisingly have a really good storage capacity. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.
Open Bookcases for sale
Below are some more examples we have previously sold, have a look and let us know if any particular style is what you are looking for and we will see if we can find something similar.
Victorian Arts and Crafts, Walnut Antique Open Bookcase with Mirror, in the style and quality of the renowned cabinet makers Lambs of Manchester with arts and crafts influences.
Golden Oak Antique Open Bookcase, Dating from around 1870 in the Victorian period, is full of charm, character and has small decoratively carved corbels.
Small Arts & Crafts Edwardian Antique Oak Open Bookcase with unusual central plaque.
Spectacular, ‘Burr’ Pollard Oak, Antique Open Bookcase, constructed from the very rare and extremely attractive pollard oak that has a definite burr walnut look to it.
Victorian Mahogany Antique Open Bookcase with Barley Twist Columns.
Antique 19th Century walnut antique open bookcase
Regency Rosewood antique open bookcase of desirable proportions and fixed shelves.
Liberty’s Edwardian Oak Antique Open Bookcase.
Dating from around 1835 this is a fine example of a William IV antique Open bookcase with elegant barley twist upright supports and two magnificently carved quality corbels.
This unusual antique Victorian open bookcase has an aged paint finish and dates from around 1880. It has a rectangular solid marble black top above two adjustable shelves flanked by elegant barley twist turned pillars.
Lovely Victorian Oak Antique Open Bookcase circa, 1880, beautifully figured with reeded sides and beautifully carved corbels.
Tall Open Bookcase with hand carved corbels.
- 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
- A very fine piece of furniture,
Hi James, We are very pleased with the bookcase received safely today. Your courier Chris has been careful to keep us updated on the delay caused by van problems and he and his colleague were efficient and polite. You had packed the bookcase very well and it has a fine colour, we have yet to put the shelves in or fill it but that's tomorrow's job! Thank you once again for a very fine piece of furniture, with best wishes Sue Pardon
- We’re extremely pleased with the furniture – many thanks!,
Hi JamesWe’re extremely pleased with the furniture – many thanks!There are some other things we need so we’ll keep an eye on your web-site.Kind regards.Michael