Relevant categories: Bookcases,Cabinets and Chests
( Above Photo: Victorian Bureau Bookcase Desk Satinwood 1880 )
The classic English bookcase is a beautiful and highly functional furniture piece that can greatly improve your home’s interior décor. It features horizontal shelves and may have a cabinet for storing books and other materials in print.
These bookcases were created over a long period, transcending several kings and queens. Therefore, they may have different features and could be made using different materials. The following are some of the available classic English library bookcases:
( Above Photo: Victorian Library Steps Mahogany Step Ladder )
Victorian library bookcases were mainly created using mahogany as the main materials. Given the exquisite materials and the workmanship that went into these furniture pieces, their quality was of the highest level.
These bookcases were made from 1837 when Queen Victoria took over the throne in Great Britain. The bookcase’s upper section often had a shaped cornice on glazed doors. While some had fixed shelves, others had adjustable shelves.
The library bookcase stood on a plinth base, which supports it and its contents. Just above the plinth is a cupboard with two paneled doors. Despite serving different families for many years, these bookcases will likely be in good condition.
( Above Photo: Antique Secretaire Desk Bookcase Hobbs and Co Coramndel )
The George II library bookcase was a precursor to what would come in later years. It featured a double-arch top above two mirror doors. The doors open into an exquisite interior. Its base comes with a couple of candle slides and a hinged writing surface.
Inside the base, there are two tiny candle drawers, two small drawers, and two long drawers. The library bookcase stands on a pair of bun feet, which adequately supports it and its contents. Unlike the Victorian era when mahogany was common, these bookcases were mainly made from walnut.
( Above Photo: Sheraton Bureau Bookcase Painted Satinwood 1890 )
Even though rare, William & Mary bookcases can still be found in homes and antique houses across the world. These bookcases date back to the late 17th century, before Queen Anne ascended to the throne. They feature bold double-dome pediments and cross-grain moldings, typical of the last quarter of the 17th century.
The bookcases have well-figured hand-cut veneers in herringbone lines. There are candle slides in the bookcase section with fitted drawers and shelves. Other features include gilded finials and a quarter-veneered fall in the central section with a concealed fitted interior and a secret compartment.
Its writing section sits above a three-drawer base with an apron with a bold arcade. The bookcase sits on walnut bun feet. It has brass engraved mounts with hinges and locks. These rare bookcases were constructed in three stages and would feature three sections.
( Above Photo: Georgian Breakfront Bookcase Flame Mahogany )
One interesting type of the classic English bookcase was made during the Regency period in the early 19th century. As is characteristic of the Regency period, the bookcase is simple and with open graduating shelves. The base has a cabinet with grilled doors and a brass gallery.
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The classic English bookcase is a type of furniture that change its forms as it transcends the different periods when it was made. Therefore, you should critically evaluate it based on the designer and period when it was made.
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