Antique Victorian Bookcases began life very similar to earlier Georgian and Regency models in design but soon came into its own. It still had a Glazed upper section above cupboard doors but new features such as rounded corners, rounded more simple pediments were fitted and they always had to be highly french polished. The later Victorian cabinet maker liked to add astragal glazing bars, some simple carvings to the door fronts and also favoured more open bookcases, for ease of access to the reading material. The very late Victorian bookcases, were more heavily carved, often with a secretaire drawer fitted and plain glass doors. Oak, Walnut and Mahogany was the timbers used in construction along with fine inlay such as string inlay and banded edges. The best examples are the earliest models, more simple in design, still in the original finish, and traditionally cleaned to a high standard like we do here on Antiques World. The antique bookcase has always been one of the most useful pieces of antique furniture and the Victorian period produced some fine examples. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.
Victorian Bookcases for sale
Below are some examples of Victorian bookcases that we have sold, so if any of these styles look of interest let us know and we can add you onto our mailing list as we do get similar examples in stock.
Magnificent Quality Slim Antique Victorian Bookcase is a perfect example of the work of a true craftsman from the Victorian era circa 1860.
Tall Victorian Walnut Antique Glazed Bookcase with dental moulding and astragal glazed doors.
Golden Oak Antique Victorian Glazed Bookcase on Cupboard with attractive original Arts & Crafts style brass handles.
Quality Antique Victorian, Attractively Proportioned, Glazed Bookcase of a grand design but has very practical proportions. Both upper and lower sets of doors are framed with beautifully carved corbels while the whole piece stands on a plain plinth
19th Century Victorian Mahogany Antique Glazed Bookcase
Antique Victorian Characterful Oak Glazed Bookcase, the doors are flanked by flat raised pilasters.
Quality Oak Simple, Stylish Antique Victorian Bookcase, Dating from around 1890 has the quality workmanship and simple styling that epitomised the Arts & Crafts movement.
Victorian Walnut Large Antique Bookcase/Glazed Dresser
The slim design of this early Victorian antique bookcase is quite rare, it dates from around 1840, with a half round clash mould is accompanied by a key and working lock. The doors are flanked by stylish pilasters and it is the ideal bookcase to place in a room where space is at a premium, its desirable slim proportions making it a very practical.
Victorian Mahogany Antique Glazed Bookcase with wonderful golden flamed mahogany panels. The original appearance of the mahogany has been retained and revived resulting in a wonderful glass like finish.
Grand Arts & Crafts Oak Glazed Antique Bookcase with lovely acorn and oak leaf designed carvings.
Victorian Walnut Antique Open Bookcase with Decorative Carved Edge.
Victorian Golden Oak Bookcase, glazed top and cupboard bottom.
- 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
- 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
- antique bookcase to Hull,
Hi James,Bookcase arrived yesterday in time for us to go to our rugby match thank you. It is in place and fully laden with books etc, We are delighted with our purchase. Thank you for your prompt and efficient service. It was a pleasure to do business with you.Kind regardsLilian