Antique Bookcases & Bibliotheques
Fireside Antiques offers antique bookcases. We source many of our vintage bookcases and Bibliotheque on buying trips to Europe. Here, you will find a vast selection of English and French 19th Century antiques.
Dimensions 93 H x 46 W x 21.75 D (in)
Dimensions 88 H x 60 W x 17 D (in)
Dimensions 84 H x 39.75 W x 17.88 D (in)
Dimensions 85 H x 41.5 W x 18.25 D (in)
Dimensions 91.5 H x 80 W x 15.88 D (in)
Dimensions 32.125 H x 20.875 W x 20.875 D (in)
Dimensions 94.75 H x 57.50 W x 21.50 D (in)
Dimensions 106 H x 40.50 W x 16.37 D (in)
Dimensions 72.63 H x 71.75 W x 17.88 D (in)
Dimensions 73.75 H x 43.38 W x 20.38 D (in)
Dimensions 78.50 H x 43.25 W x 15.50 D (in)
Dimensions 96 H x 49.75 W x 19.5 D (in)
Dimensions 84.25 H x 49 W x 14.75 D (in)
Dimensions 111.25 H x 86.25 W x 25 D (in)
Dimensions 69.5 H x 38.25 W x 13.38 D (in)
Dimensions 64.75 H x 37.88 W x 16 D (in)
Dimensions 94.25 H x 60 W x 17 D (in)
Dimensions 85.63 H x 54.13 W x 23.25 D (in)
Dimensions 103 H x 82.75 W x 18.50 D (in)
Dimensions 53 H x 72 W x 23.5 D (in)
Antique Bookcases From Fireside Antiques
Often, a library is one of the first places we pair with antiques since we associate books with old, historical knowledge. As such, antique bookcases can be some of the most awe-inspiring furniture pieces we offer. Additionally, because of their versatility as a display shelf, bookcases can fit into nearly any household renovation or design.
You might be surprised by the wide variety of unique shapes and styles that our antique bookcases offer, too. From open bookcases with floating shelves to barrister bookcases with glass doors, we’ve seen it all. Even antique buffet cabinets and armoires can function well as bookcases with the right modifications, something the restorers at Fireside Antiques know well.
Another reason antique bookcases tend to be so eye-catching is their status as the elite’s furniture. Throughout history, books were often considered a luxury afforded only to the rich, so as such, bookcases tended to belong to the rich, too. This resulted in the abundance of ornate bookcases you see today.
Despite their elegance, though, antique bookcases have the unique property of not overpowering a space. Because bookcases were designed to showcase the books within, they had to blend in with the rest of the home. A quality antique bookcase today will reflect that philosophy by matching a room’s décor while not commanding too much attention.
Of course, if your bookcase couldn’t hold your books or fine china safely, that meant it failed as a furniture piece, too. A bookcase was intended to protect precious books, papers, and other important items within its confines. To that end, antique bookcases were sometimes lined with silk or the insides painted with bright colors to highlight their contents.
Decorating With Antique Bookcases
One of the best parts of decorating with an antique bookcase is its versatility. Regardless of whether your decorative “case” is actually a buffet, a vitrine, or even a tea trolley, they can go in virtually any room and bring class to almost any space.
Since these are essentially antique displays, you don’t need to display books in them at all. If you don’t have a large book collection, why not use one of our antique bookcases to display figurines, collectibles, artwork, or even photographs?
Don’t assume that a high-quality antique bookcase from Fireside Antiques is the same as any old bookcase, though. These bookcases were made with the craftsmanship common in furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries. Despite being old, worn, and decorated with beautiful patina, these bookcases will stand the test of time and hold your collection with ease.