A Buyer's Guide to Antique Bookcases

05-04-2014

Cosying up with a book is still one of the best ways to relax these days! Storing books however can often be an issue depending on the size of your book collection. Why not consider an antique bookcase which can be very practical and eye-catching- Here at Reindeer Antiques we have a wide range of antique bookcases and cabinets that come in a variety of shapes, styles and woods.

This is an elegant Sheraton period mahogany veneered cabinet the cornice is crossbanded in tulipwood and strung in boxwood with a pair of glazed doors. The bookcase is a lovely colour and offers plenty of storage with three frieze drawers and a pair of cupboard doors which open to reveal adjustable shelves flanked by banks of drawers.

Next we have a handsome Sheraton period mahogany secretaire bookcase which retains excellent patina and colour with a cross grain veneered cornice beautifully inlaid with boxwood to simulate a dentil moulding. Veneered through out in carefully selected Cuban flame mahogany. A pair of glazed doors with gothicised astragals protect the books and below the secretaire drawer opens to reveal a fully fitted interior veneered in satinwood. This sits above a pair of cupboard doors and the bookcase itself is raised on bracket feet. This is a practical and beatiful piece which offers storage, display and a workspace that is suitable for letter-writing or for a laptop.

Here we have a smaller bookcase, this is a charming Georgian two door mahogany cabinet with an elegant swan neck pediment above a single shelf and a cupboard below for extra storage. 

Finally we also have some antique cupboards and hanging shelves which would happily store books, ideal for flats and studio spaces. This is a lovely set of Chippendale hanging shelves with pierced fretwork sides and two drawers, and this is a Sheraton period mahogany hanging cupboard with a sweet swan neck pediment with brass paterae above an astragal glazed door.

If you are considering an antique bookcase or cupboard to house your book collection or for general storage and display please have a look on our website or pop into our London showroom on Kensington Church Street.

 

Author: Caroline McCaffrey