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Open Bookcase

Towards the end of the 18th Century small bookcases became increasingly popular. They would be made to fit recesses or in the spaces between windows in drawing rooms in contrast to the larger library bookcases. They were sometimes described as a “moving library” as castors were fitted to move the books from one room to another, brass carrying handles were sometimes fitted as well. Sheraton designs (c. 1790) were varied, mahogany, rosewood, satinwood were used but the feet were mainly turned and tapered. The Chiffonier, would describe a cabinet with shelves above, a popular design in the Regency period. Another form of small bookcase designed to stand away from a wall which came into vogue around 1810 was the circular bookstand which revolved on a central pillar. In order to fit the books into the circular space, there are, fixed at regular intervals, groups of wedge shaped panels.

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Victorian style waterfall bookcase or dresser

Victorian style waterfall bookcase or dresser

A finely parquetry veneered four tier etagere

A finely parquetry veneered four tier etagere

A hickory open bookcase

A hickory open bookcase

Mauretania open bookcase

Mauretania open bookcase

Napoleon III style dwarf bookcase

Napoleon III style dwarf bookcase

A hickory dwarf open bookcase

A hickory dwarf open bookcase

Ebonised and parcel gilt open bookcase

Ebonised and parcel gilt open bookcase

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