First seen in the 18th century, 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.
This is a 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.
This is an unusual design. It is a small Arts & Crafts Edwardian antique Oak open bookcase with central plaque depicting a Viking boat.
This is a good example of a 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.
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 is a very nice example of a tall open bookcase with hand carved corbels and moulded sides.
Dear James,A quick note to thank you very much for the prompt delivery of the bookcase yesterday. My mother and I are very pleased with it and it fits perfectly into the spot planned for it.Could you, please, pass our particular thanks on to the people who delivered it so efficiently, especially as the weather and travel conditions were so bad yesterday. I do hope the return journey to Clitheroe wasn’t too difficult.
- Antique bookcase to Dorking,
Dear JamesThank you for the bookcase. It arrived safely and looks excellent.RegardsStephen
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