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.
This Louis Philippe vitrine was crafted in France during the 19th century from finley bookmatched mahogany. A brass border encompasses the large single pane of glass and faux panel below it. The interior is lined with a vibrant red linen blend fabric with a gold trim to give it a finished look. Three adjustable glass shelves provide a sophisticated way to display or store your favorite things. Below the main storage space are two drawers; one with Empire style hardware and one without. The larger, more obvious drawer is fixed with a pair of lion face drop ring pulls and a laurel escutcheon. The plain drawer is perfect for hiding valuables and provides a bit more storage space. A single key is included for the functioning lock within the door. Make sure to view all of the photographs to get a closer look at the details.
A darling petite etagere from England, crafted during the 1800’s from solid walnut. Three tiers each have a three-quarter gallery connected to square upright supports. Featuring its original casters, it has the ability to turn 360 degrees. Great for adding a bit more storage in a powder room or any smaller space. Make sure to view the detailed images to get a closer look at the quality craftsmanship and fine patina.
This 19th century English buffet with shelves is a fabulous storage piece with tons of sophisticated character. Three finished open shelves above a double door buffett in richly toned and patinated mahogany. The paneled doors feature a functioning lock with a single key. The interior storage space houses 20 pigeonhole compartments with scalloped hoods above an open area. The whole sits flush to the ground on a plinth base. Make sure to view the detailed images to get a look at the unique elements this piece contains. Circa 1890.
A wonderful English bamboo bookshelf from the 1890’s, that has been recently refinished in a gorgeous black and gold fish découpage with a stylish border. The interior and four shelves are fixed with a unique textured floral layer that beautifully compliments the patina of the bamboo. The front legs splay outward, adding not only to the stability of the piece, but also creating a more shapely silhouette. We have a number of pieces with a decoupage finish so make sure to browse the rest of our website for more. Make sure to take a look at all of the photographs to get a closer look at the unique elements of the bookshelf.
This charming three tier tea trolley is made of beautiful, solid mahogany. Liner and classically shaped, the excellent craftsmanship is apparent. Exceptionally turned columns give this otherwise simple piece an air of refinement, topped with turned finials and capped with brass casters. This large trolley is mobile and has a great patina. Make sure to view the detailed images.
A pair of bleached oak bookcases stand at 8.5 feet tall and make a huge impact together. The contrast of wood finishes makes it easy to incorporate with your existing decor. Each glass front case houses two adjustable shelves. The lower storage each contains a pair of drawers above locking doors with a single shelf on the interior. All locks are functional and 5 keys are included. Make sure to take a look at the additional photos for a better view of the brilliant details. Sold as a pair only.
This handsome three tier tea trolley is made of solid mahogany. Turned mahogany, column-form uprights give this otherwise simple trolley an air of refinement. The turned uprights are topped with styled finials and are lifted by brass casters with porcelain wheels. This large trolley is mobile and has a great patina. Incredibly versatile, it’s perfect as a bar cart or bookshelf. Make sure to view the detailed images.
This darling delft rack is the perfect for a smaller kitchen to store your everyday culinary items. Handcrafted circa 1830’s. The open shelves can display your china and spices. Three equally sized drawers with simple brass pulls provide hidden storage. Make sure to scroll through the detailed images to get a closer look.
A handsome mahogany bookcase from England circa 1850. Antique glass front doors showcase the beautifully curving panes. The top houses two lengthwise adjustable shelves with a pigeon hole shape bisecting the center. Two adjustable half sized shelves flank the pigeon hole and provide a variety of ways to display your decor or books. A large, single drawer fixed with a pair of cast brass drop ring pulls showcases a gorgeous inlay border and a functioning lock. The bottom, paneled doors house a single adjustable shelf. Splayed bracket feet raise the whole. Two keys are included for both sets of functioning locks.
This massive English bookcase is the perfect combination of form and function. Three antique glass front doors conceal separated storage cavities, each is fitted with three adjustable finished shelves for plenty of versatility. Three lower storage compartments are housed behind wonderfully patinated, quality brass mesh front doors. A single, finished adjustable shelf is housed within each lower compartment. The richly toned wood is in wonderful antique condition and features a subtle inlay of a lighter wood for a fantastic contrast. Each door features a functioning lock- four keys are included. Make sure to view the detailed images to get a closer look at this stately storage and display piece.
A bamboo bookcase, made in England at the end of the 19th century. The shelves were once topped with woven seagrass that has been removed due to excess wear. It has been replaced with fresh black paint and brilliant découpage paper fish and styled trim, which have been aged to match the antique bamboo. Although they have been newly created, they appear as though they could be original to the piece. Make sure to view the detailed images to get a closer look at the great condition and unique elements of this bookcase.
This large Louis Philippe bibliotheque is a magnificent way to display or store any precious decor items in your home or office. Unlocking the four glass front doors reveals a single interior cavity with three dovetail adjustable shelves. The lower storage area is bisected in the middle with a pair of paneled doors revealing each cavity- both lower locks are functioning as well. Four keys are included, one for each functioning lock. The solid walnut has gained a wonderful patina and showcases the distinctive wood grain. Make sure to view the detailed images for a closer look at its current condition of this fantastic storage piece.
This is a handsome Louis Philippe style bibliotheque from France, circa 1830. Crafted from deeply toned mahogany with a great patina. The doors feature their original wavy glass and a functioning key and lock. Three adjustable shelves are housed inside and showcase an edge with a darker finish than the exterior for a great contrast. The whole is supported by carved bracket feet. It’s medium size makes it perfect for displaying collectibles or storing books . Make sure to view the detailed images to get a closer look at the condition!
A sizable pine bibliotheque crafted in France circa 1860. The four arched glass front, locking and latching upper doors close before two saw-tooth adjustable shelves diverge in the center of the piece. Four lower doors close before two separate compartments, each with a single adjustable shelf. There are two keys included for all four functioning locks that serve as the doors’ pull. This piece sits on a plinth base, flush to the ground. This piece is both rustic and refined. The vibrant pine has gained a wonderful patina over the years. New glass has recently been professionally installed for a clear view of your art, books, and decor. This bibliotheque is the perfect combination of display and hidden storage space. In wonderful antique condition, make sure to view the detailed images to get a closer look.
This magnificent three tier tea trolley is made of solid mahogany. Turned mahogany, column-form uprights give this otherwise simple trolley an air of refinement. The turned uprights are topped with styled finials and are lifted by brass casters with porcelain wheels. This large trolley is mobile and has a great patina. Incredibly versatile, it’s perfect as a bar cart or even in a nursery as a changing table! Make sure to view the detailed images.
An English tea trolley crafted in the 19th century. The mahogany is stunning, with a deep, rich color and lovely patina. Two tiers are each enclosed with a molded edge. The four upright supports have been turned and styled to give this otherwise linear piece some flair and ornamentation. The supports are capped with turned finials and sit on brass casters. In wonderful antique condition, make sure to view the detailed images to get a closer look!
This is a finely done French 19th century cabinet, perfect for as a display case or entertainment center. Crafted with rosewood, the top beautifully showcases the dark venous grain and knots. The seemingly plain apron seamlessly houses a hidden drawer atop a pair of shaped glass front doors. The original glass has been replaced. Unlocking the doors reveals two fixed shelves with a darker finish than the exterior. One key is included. The whole sits on a plinth base, flush to the ground. Circa 1840. This piece is in wonderful antique condition, make sure to view the detailed images to get a closer look.
A massive Dutch apothecary display case from a pharmacy. A large cornice with gorgeous acanthus leaf carvings draws the eyes up. Three molded, adjustable shelves compose the top portion while the bottom single shelf is fixed. Fantastic reeding and fluting details perfectly compliment the paneling on the sides. In wonderful antique condition with a gentle patina, there is plenty of space for books, art, and decor. This piece would have originally been built into the wall behind the pharmacist counter, evidence of which can still be found on the back. The last photograph shows supports that are provided and need to be attached for shipping due to its size. Make sure to view the detailed images to get a closer view of this incredible display piece.
Display your treasured objects in this beautiful early 20th century French Empire style mahogany vitrine. Beveled glass panels can be found in the case antique’s door and sides, allowing one to view the contents placed inside on its two glass shelves. A mirrored back gives the illusion of a completely transparent cabinet. The vitrine has recently undergone a refinishing, giving the antique a ‘like new’ appearance. The wonderful brass hardware found at the capital and base of the pilaster columns which flank the door has been polished to a brilliant luster – along with the sabots that cap the front feet. Inside, two additional finished mahogany lower shelves can be used to house objects out of sight. The door can be locked using the original brass palm motif key included.
A massive French walnut Bibliotheque or bookcase from the 19th Century. The straight lines and vertical motif across the crown are classic decorations of the Louis XVI style. All three of the glass door fronts contain the original wavy glass, the four interior shelves are removable and adjustable within each column. Below the glass doors are three book slides, creating a flat surface for a book or to place a candlestick. When open, they add an extra 11” of depth and an extra layer to your interior. The base is made of simply paneled doors, perfect for enjoying the beauty of the walnut and for hidden storage. Behind the paneled doors is one removable and adjustable shelf. Complete with 4 keys, all locks in working order.
This is a handsome Louis Philippe style bibliotheque from France, circa 1860. Crafted from deeply toned mahogany with a great patina. The doors feature recently installed glass and a functioning key and lock. Four adjustable shelves are housed inside. The whole is supported by carved bracket feet. It’s medium size makes it perfect for displaying collectibles or storing books. Below the doors is a secret drawer without hardware. Make sure to view the detailed images to get a closer look at the condition!
This handsome vitrine was crafted in the style of Louis XVI in 19th century France. Patinated brass details throughout compliment the deeply toned mahogany. Original wavy glass doors are flanked by metal inset fluted columns that feature brass capitals and bases. The interior storage houses three adjustable shelves with sawtooth joinery. The lock is functional and includes a key. Elevated on turned feet inset with brass. Its petite size and uncluttered design makes it a versatile piece that will work beautifully in any living space. Make sure to view the detailed images to get a closer look at this vitrines’ great condition!
A handsome solid rosewood bibliotheque, crafted in France circa 1890. Gorgeous arched doors with beveled glass and geometric carvings accentuate the display space at the top of this bookcase. Four adjustable shelves provide plenty of space for your prized art, books, or oddities. A working lock secures the heavy doors. Fluted and wonderfully carved column forms flank the doors. Below the doors, a single drawer is fixed with two decorative bail pulls and a functional lock. Turned, ball feet support the whole. Two keys are included. Cleaned and polished with French wax paste; a fantastic patina envelopes this case piece. Make sure to view the detailed images to get a closer look at the quality craftsmanship and great condition of this bibliotheque!
This handsome 19th century bibliotheque is the perfect combination of modern and antique! Designed with simplicity and function in mind, the cornice and paneling has minimal thumbnail carving. The richly patinated mahogany body compliments the worn brass mesh in the door panels and the cool tone of the recently painted interior. Four adjustable shelves with dovetail joinery are housed in the interior for plenty of storage space . One key is included for the doors’ functional lock. The whole is elevated on bun feet. Interior paint color is Farrow & Ball Mouse’s Back. Circa 1860. Make sure to view the detailed images to get a closer look!
An impressively tall bookcase from 19th century France. A wonderfully aged ebony finish gives the whole a great patina! The top houses five adjustable shelves and measures 10” in depth. Fluted carvings on the top and shoulders match those found on the bottom portion of the piece. The unique bottom, measuring 30” in height, features nine pigeon holes and three ledger bays. Because of its great height and shelf adjustability, this is the perfect piece to display a variety of art, books, or in an office setting. Make sure to view the detailed images for a closer look.
This impressive bibliotheque was made in 19th century France in the Napoleon III style. Stamped by P. Mazaroz. R, a prominent French cabinet maker and artist in the late 1800’s. Symmetrical carvings throughout the piece create an appealing balance. The beautiful glass doors provide a view of the interior, featuring four adjustable shelves, making this a perfect bookcase or display case. Below the main storage is a single drawer, fixed with unique tassel pulls and well carved panels. The whole is supported by bun feet. The body measures 55-⅛”W x 19-¾”. Make sure to view the detailed images to get a closer look at the detail throughout.
This is a sweet Louis Philippe Bibliothque, made of richly finished mahogany and its original wavy glass. Being a relatively small size and having four removable shelves, make it a very versatile piece. One key is included to open the lock and latch doors and reveal the interior storage. Designed with simplicity and function in mind, the cornice and paneling has minimal thumbnail carving while the corners are chamfered. Make sure to view detailed images to get a closer look.
This two-door French Empire bibliotheque is framed on either side by columns that go all the way to the feet. The top and bottom of the columns are accented with brass. The top is decorated with minimal ormolu, adding just a touch of Empire-style detail. One key is included to open the locking and latching doors, fitted with new glass. Housing three shelves, the top two are removable and the third serves as the top for a pair of drawers. Invisible when the doors are closed, both drawers are fitted with beautiful brass pulls and provide for more organization within the piece. Made of strong mahogany in the 19th century, the wood has a fantastic patina. Make sure to view detailed images to get a better look.
A bright four door oak bookcase with a terrific distressed quality. The large carved cornice sits heavily atop the whole of the piece. Paned original glass- front doors, unlock and unlatch open to the top storage compartment, housing three adjustable shelves that have thumbnail carving detail, visible through the glass doors. One working key is included and opens both the top and bottom doors. The bottom doors are carved with symmetrical square details and open to reveal one permanent shelf. Make sure to view the detailed images to get a closer look at the beautiful wood. Circa 1880.
This beautiful French 19th century buffet a deux corps is made of solid rosewood. It has a wonderful patina and amazing natural wood design on the bottom doors. Fluted columns with carving are on either side of these doors. The bottom half of the piece is 39-⅝”H. The inside depth is 16-⅝”. The top half of the piece is 46”H. There are two shelves faced with rosewood and the inside depth of 11-⅝” behind these glass doors. Columns are also on either side of these doors. The piece is topped off with a cornice. There is one key that operates the top and bottom locks.
A handsome 19th Century French bibliotheque – smaller in stature, but big on style. The case antique is finished in carefully bookmatched mahogany veneer and features glass front doors, ideal for showcasing your books and/or prized possessions. These doors retain their original glass and contain a functioning lock. They close before an interior that houses three adjustable finished shelves. The bookcase is lifted by large carved lion’s paw feet that elevate this beautiful bibliotheque – both literally and figuratively!
A warm and rich four door faux bois bookcase with a wonderful distressed quality, c. 1890. This painted piece features accented details in the mouldings and trim. The top section has two divided light, glass-front locking and latching doors that close before a single storage space with two adjustable shelves. A single key works the lock and acts as a pull. The lower body has two drawers, each with two turned wooden knobs and two doors with a single turned wooden knob. which also closes before a single storage space with a single fixed shelf. The whole is raised on four turned, bun feet. The bottom section is 40-¼”H with an interior depth of 16-¼”. The top is 9-¼”D.
This Louis Philippe inspired bibliotheque is made of solid pine with walnut trim. It has eight doors and four drawers. The four glass front, locking and latching upper doors close before three adjustable full length shelves. There are two keys that work the two locks with matching escutcheons. Four drawers split the upper and lower doors and have turned wood walnut knobs. Four lower, solid bookmatched doors close before a single compartment with a fixed shelf. This piece sits on a platform base. This piece is both rustic and refined.
A beautiful French Buffet à Deux Corps / Bibliothèque. The tall upper body has two lockable glass doors that showcase a storage cavity that is outfitted with three adjustable shelves. The lower body has two slides disguised just below the surface, just reach under to find the carved cup pulls to extend. Two lockable wood doors close before another interior storage cavity with a single adjustable shelf. A single key operates both locking doors. This tall case piece is impressively sized and extremely handsome.
This rare, impressive, and eclectic carved Napoleon III ebonized breakfront-bibliothèque is from Paris, France, c. 1860’s. It features locks by Huby Fils, Paris, a sure sign of quality craftsmanship. Having an upper case with broken pediment and panel-carved and stepped frieze above a pair of glazed doors, through which can be seen four adjustable shelves, flanked by four boldly carved-and-turned columns with Corinthian capitals, between each pair are three open fixed shelves. The lower case features a bank of three hidden drawers within its carved and stepped frieze through which the upper columns are extended, over a pair of central doors that open to reveal a large storage space with a single adjustable shelf, flanked by a pair of smaller cabinet doors for additional storage which are each outfitted to hold one or more adjustable shelves, as the original shelves are lacking. The original gilt-brass escutcheons are beautifully crafted in the Second Empire style and have two keys. The lock plates bear the incised mark: “Huby Fils/Serrurier/Paris.” Note: The eclectic Napoleon III style, also referred as Second Empire, combines the tradition of the past with the new manufacturing processes of the Industrial Revolution and the development of modernism. French writer, Auguste Luchet (1806-1872), refers to Huby in his account of the 1867 World Fair the “young prince of locksmiths” and his Renaissance-style and Napoleon III creations were famous. Reference: LUCHET, Auguste, “L’Art Industriel à L’Exposition Universelle de 1867,” A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Cie Editeurs, Paris, 1868, p.249.
An English tea trolley of grand proportions! This 19th century mahogany antique is oversized, and therefore likely used in a hotel or commercial setting. The wood is stunning, with deep, rich color. The four upright supports have been turned and styled to give this otherwise linear piece some flair and ornamentation. The supports are capped with turned finials and sit on brass casters. c. 1870.
French 19th century painted Louis XVI style counter top glass display cabinet. Two glass adjustable shelves and mirrored floor. Egg and dart molding around crown with pearl beading that frames each glass panel. Eight panels of glass total with interesting and intriguing corner arched glass panels. Some restoration has been done on the top, base and door. The top actually lifted off the cabinet – it was a stacking process for display. Now the top is secure and a door was made for your convenience. Wonderful for displaying a special collection. Made around 1850.
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.
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.