Antique Bookcases were an essential part to a Victorian home but on rare occasions you can see a pair of antique bookcases originally built to fit into alcoves either side of the fireplace. They were also made for larger Libraries, Offices or studies in collages or would have been built for the more wealthy client as not many homes could take a matching pair of large bookcases in the same room. They are constructed in more robust timbers like solid Mahogany, English Oak and come with ample storage for a large book collection. They are nearly always glazed fronts, sometimes with astragal glazing and can either have full length doors, or sit above a cupboard base. They are also very useful as they mainly have adjustable shelves, meaning they can house different sized books from smaller to large all in one piece of furniture and can look particularly stunning with a collection of leather bound books running from top to bottom. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.
Pair of Bookcases for sale
Below are a few examples of previously sold pairs of bookcases, but if any particular style looks of interest please let us know as we do get many similar designs in stock and we can try to locate something similar.
Unusual Pair of Walnut Antique Open Bookcases. This Edwardian pair of antique open bookcases are made from walnut and date from around 1910. They have beautifully figured rectangular tops above two removable shelves and stand on shaped bracket feet. This delightful pair are practically proportioned for the modern home and would look wonderful either flanking a large window or even a bed perhaps?
Pair of Victorian Antique Mahogany Bookcases. This unusual Pair of Victorian Antique Mahogany Bookcases ca. 1890 are in the Regency design, they have a simple curved cornice above a glazed door with key and working lock. The glazing bars are beautifully inlaid with striking satin walnut crossbanding, boxwood and ebony string inlay. Each interior has three adjustable shelves. The lower section has two cupboard doors with figured flamed mahogany panels, key with working locks. Each interior has one central shelf. The bookcases stand on splayed bracket feet and have had some earlier (probably Regency) quality timbers used when built in the Victorian era, making these pieces not only very fine quality and very unusual being a pair but also very useful for anywhere in the home but especially the use in alcoves or either side of a window.
Unusual Pair of Antique Walnut Edwardian Open Bookcases. It is with great pleasure we offer for sale this rare pair of open bookcases made from walnut and dating from around 1900 in the Edwardian period. They each have a rectangular moulded top above a frieze with moulded lower edge. The body of each bookcase contains three adjustable shelves and stands on a plain plinth.
Unusual Pair of Victorian Oak Arts & Crafts Antique Open Bookcases. This antique pair of open bookcases date from the Victorian period, circa 1890, are constructed from oak and are typical of the Arts & Crafts design, popular at that time. They each have a beautifully figured top above two adjustable shelves. The corners are decoratively carved while the sides are moulded and sit above a delightfully turned gallery. They sit on turned bun feet, to the front, and at some point in their history have been restored to create this unique pair of bookcases.
Unusual Pair Of Victorian Mahogany Antique Bookcases. These Unusual Pair Of Victorian Mahogany Antique Bookcases circa, 1900 are of unusual small proportions. Each have a moulded cornice above a frieze with decorative thumb mouldings and circular floral motifs. Each door has astragal glazing and key with working locks. Each interior has three adjustable shelves, whilst the lower section has a rectangular moulded top above a beautifully figured cupboard door again with the delightful floral motifs. Each interior has one fixed shelf. They stand on shaped bracket feet and split into two sections for easy removal. These fine pieces would compliment any home and are very unusual being a matching pair.
- 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
Dear James,A very belated ‘thank you’ for the bookcases. They’re beautiful. The driver was also excellent. He phoned the day before, arrived promptly and brought the bookcases into the house with good grace!
- Antique bookcase to Dorking,
Dear JamesThank you for the bookcase. It arrived safely and looks excellent.RegardsStephen