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.
- John Blackburn, Hello James, a short note to say thanks for altering and storing our bookcases - the one you altered to 111mm fitted perfectly, with quite literally a couple of mm to spare.The delivery guys were 1st rate too.Many thanks,John
- Jean Harvey,
This is what furniture is supposed to look like. A great showroom and lovely people to deal with.
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