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.
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!
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
Bookshelf to London,
Hi James. The bookshelf just came in, driven by two nice & kind men. All perfect, 100 % satisfaction. Be sure I’ve placed you in my bookmarks … sooner or later I want to change my desk with a mahogany one … Thanks & regards