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From the late 18th Century architects were designing homes with separate rooms to house collections of books. Free standing mahogany bookcases were designed with glazed upper sections of shelving and cupboards below. These cabinets would be set into recesses. Made between 1714 – 1837 the Georgian secretaire bookcase typically had glazed as well as interior doors and secretaire drawers. The breakfront bookcase was popular traditionally used to store books, china and trophies and usually featuring four opening doors. Queen Anne style bookcases were also very popular in the early 18th Century with graceful and elegant curves’ their designs were simple and often featured cabriole legs. Later in the 18th Century, bookcase designs became more elaborate. During the 19th Century, bookcases rapidly became available, over time and smaller bookcases were designed with the idea they were kept in a sitting room or bedroom with just enough storage for your most treasured books. Designers of note include the most coveted cabinetmakers of their day Thomas Chippendale and Thomas Sheraton. Sheraton bookcase designs often featured open fronts with adjustable shelves; his satinwood bookcases were considered divine, carrying enrichment without looking ostentatious. Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) designed sophisticated and stylish bookcases, his designs had elements of neoclassicism, as well as French Rococo and gothic inspiration; many of Chippendale designs became popular again in the mid and late 1800s. Storage is a must in an office, study or library. Credenzas or cabinets for files can sit along the wall behind the desk with bookcases either side should ensure you never run out. A huge benefit to storage is there are many possibilities and you can find storage cabinets and dressers to fit any style or requirement.

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An exceptional cerejeira veneered bookcase

An exceptional cerejeira veneered bookcase

A fine mahogany veneered and yew burl banded cabinet

A fine mahogany veneered and yew burl banded cabinet

A George III mahogany breakfront bookcase

A George III mahogany breakfront bookcase

Chippendale style bookcase

Chippendale style bookcase

Sheraton style mahogany bookcase

Sheraton style mahogany bookcase

A mahogany display cabinet

A mahogany display cabinet

Regency style mahogany library bookcase

Regency style mahogany library bookcase

Althorp mahogany bookcase

Althorp mahogany bookcase

Regency style mahogany library bookcase

Regency style mahogany library bookcase

A mahogany cabinet

A mahogany cabinet

A flame mahogany bookcase

A flame mahogany bookcase

A Sheraton mahogany glazed bookcase

A Sheraton mahogany glazed bookcase

Chippendale style mahogany bookcase

Chippendale style mahogany bookcase

Serpentine Display Cabinet

Serpentine Display Cabinet

Antique Mirror Panel Display Cabinet

Antique Mirror Panel Display Cabinet

Sheraton style mahogany bookcase

Sheraton style mahogany bookcase

Mahogany narrow display cabinet

Mahogany narrow display cabinet

Mahogany and satinwood crossbanded side cabinet

Mahogany and satinwood crossbanded side cabinet

Dorchester corner cabinet

Dorchester corner cabinet

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