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French Painted Bookshelf with Architectural Columns
Located in Southampton, NY
French painted bookshelf with architectural columns. This is a contemporary piece painted in an old looking grey finish. Found in Belgium. The columns are made of wood and plaster. T...
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20th Century Belgian Shelves

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Plaster, Wood

Antique Painted Open Bookshelf or Display Shelves
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique painted open bookshelf or display shelves was designed for a store in a quaint European village, and is perfect for the casual decor! Sturdy, no-nonsense construction provide...
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Early 20th Century Balkan Rustic Shelves

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Wood

Restored White Painted Midcentury Rattan Side Table Bookshelf
Located in Van Nuys, CA
White painted midcentury era rattan side table bookshelf featuring two shelves with skeleton side walls and a swivel base for easy book location. Restored to new for you. All rattan,...
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Vintage 1960s American Side Tables

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Rattan

Lovely White Egg Shell Blue Painted Distressed Corner Plant Stand Bookshelf
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely white eggshell blue painted distressed corner plant stand, bookshelf. A very good looking well made and decorative corner unit, idea...
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20th Century English Post-Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

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Wood

19th Century English Bamboo Bookshelf with Lovely Painted Finish
Located in Buchanan, MI
A 19th century English bamboo bookshelf with lovely painted finish.
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Antique Late 19th Century English Bookcases

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Bamboo

'Rocket' Bookshelf by Peter Shire, 1986-1987
By Peter Shire
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Vintage bookshelf by Peter Shire, 1986-1987. Birch solid core plywood and Abet Laminati Laminate, metal with paint. Approximate: 58" high x 10" wide (front to back) Peter Shire:...
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Antique Miniature Folk Art Primitive Salesman Sample Bookshelf Bookcase
Located in Dayton, OH
Turn of the century artisinal bookcase. Features a serpentine and saw tooth crown, four shelves, finished in black. Measure: 31".  
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Early 20th Century Primitive Models and Miniatures

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Hardwood, Paint

19th Century French Wooden Bookshelf with White Patina
Located in Vulpellac, Girona
19th century french cupboard with a nice white patina. It comprises lot of space for books or just keeping. There is central lower cupboard with two wooden doors which are left ...
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Antique 19th Century French Country Bookcases

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Pine

M. Matégot Rigitule, Glass Bookshelf Jardinière Library, Wall Mounted Sculpture
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in London, GB
Matégot is perhaps the last and most important metalsmith of the French after war era. Had incredible originality in his design. Always very poetic in his realization. Time to coll...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures

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Steel

Achille Salvagni "San Lorenzo A" Bookshelf, Bronze, Onyx, Laquer, Contemporary
By Achille Salvagni
Located in London, GB
Achille Salvagni San Lorenzo A 2016 Bookshelf in polished walnut with organic-shaped glass shelves and 24-carat gold-plated, antiqued finish cast bronze decorations, legs in burni...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Bookcases

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Onyx, Bronze

Achille Salvagni "San Lorenzo B" Bookshelf, Bronze, Onyx, Lacquer, Contemporary
By Achille Salvagni
Located in London, GB
Achille Salvagni San Lorenzo B 2016 Bookshelf in polished walnut with organic-shaped glass shelves and 24-carat gold-plated, antiqued finish cast bronze decorations, legs in burni...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Bookcases

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Onyx, Bronze

Antique Venetian Baroque Italian Painted Bookshelf
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique Italian Venetian Baroque painted bookshelf was an interesting find, indeed! With bold contours and carved supports, it sports its original patinated painted finish. Perfect f...
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Antique Early 1900s Italian Baroque Bookcases

Contemporary Painted Metal Bookshelf
Located in North Miami, FL
Four tier metal bookshelf with oblisk top, painted in a leopard finish. Glass shelves are beveled and there is a design on the backside of this bookshelf.
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20th Century American Bookcases

Swedish Gustavian Style Painted Bookshelf Cabinet Bookcase by Lillian August
Located in Shippensburg, PA
Swedish style blue painted two-part bookcase cabinet, circa 21st century, retailed by Lillian August Item # 008MGP26M This is a gorgeous designer piece retailed by Lillian Augu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Gustavian Bookcases

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Glass, Wood

Painted Dorothy Draper Bookshelf Secretary
By Henredon, Dorothy Draper
Located in Chicago, IL
This impressive cabinet was designed by Dorothy Draper for Henredon. It features a Dutch-style bombe base with three drawers, splayed feet, and intricately chased brass drop pulls.<b...
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Vintage 1960s American Secretaires

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Wood

  • Painted Dorothy Draper Bookshelf Secretary
  • Painted Dorothy Draper Bookshelf Secretary
  • Painted Dorothy Draper Bookshelf Secretary
  • Painted Dorothy Draper Bookshelf Secretary
H 89.5 in. W 49 in. D 19.25 in.
English Painted Fish Decoupage Bookshelf
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
English 1890's bamboo bookshelf with adjustable shelves is sturdy and re-finished with black paint overlaid with decoupage of fish and an interesting boarder with sea grass shelves a...
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Antique 19th Century English Bookcases

  • English Painted Fish Decoupage Bookshelf
  • English Painted Fish Decoupage Bookshelf
  • English Painted Fish Decoupage Bookshelf
  • English Painted Fish Decoupage Bookshelf
H 44.75 in. W 41.5 in. D 13.38 in.
Painted Dorothy Draper Bookshelf Secretary
Located in Chicago, IL
This impressive cabinet was designed by Dorothy Draper for Henredon. It features a Dutch-style bombe base with three drawers, splayed feet, and intricately chased brass drop pulls.<b...
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Vintage 1960s American Secretaires

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Wood

  • Painted Dorothy Draper Bookshelf Secretary
  • Painted Dorothy Draper Bookshelf Secretary
  • Painted Dorothy Draper Bookshelf Secretary
  • Painted Dorothy Draper Bookshelf Secretary
H 89.5 in. W 49 in. D 19.25 in.
Pine Painted Utility Shelf or Bookshelf
Located in Baltimore, MD
This Primitive utility shelf unit has been used for storing heavy vessels and some of them have left their marks on the shelves of this pretty piece. Three shelves are pegged into th...
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Antique Late 19th Century Hungarian Country Shelves

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Pine

  • Pine Painted Utility Shelf or Bookshelf
  • Pine Painted Utility Shelf or Bookshelf
  • Pine Painted Utility Shelf or Bookshelf
  • Pine Painted Utility Shelf or Bookshelf
H 60 in. W 34 in. D 11 in.
George lll Style Yellow-Painted Wood Bookshelf
Located in Hudson, NY
George III-style yellow painted wood bookshelf. Three ample shelves over a drawer at the bottom. Some scratches on the top shelf, negligible and unseen with books or bibelots. Grey ...
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Vintage 1960s George III Bookcases

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Wood

Paint Decorated Chinoiserie Triangular Bookshelf Etagere Maitland Smith
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Asian modern distressed paint display cabinet with three shelves over one drawer.
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20th Century Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Large Gray Painted Romanian Wall Unit Bookshelf, Antique Look
Located in Round Top, TX
This large wall unit is a reproduction of the style of shelving units called "grocers desks" in late 19th century Europe. It is built in 2 units, the upper shelves and 12 drawers (de...
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21st Century and Contemporary Romanian Bookcases

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Wood, Paint

Antique Painted Bookcase, European, Scandinavian, Bookshelf, circa 1900
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique painted bookcase, a European, possibly Scandinavian, Provincial book shelf with an equine theme dating to circa 1900. Substantially crafted in hardwood Traditi...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Country Bookcases

A European Painted Wood Bookshelf With Opened Shelves Over Two Doors
Located in Atlanta, GA
A European Painted Pine Wood Bookshelf with Wonderful Pediment and Opened Shelves over Doors. Nice Curvy Shape and Subtle Colors.
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20th Century European Cabinets

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Pine

Antique Original Painted Green Bookshelf with Many Drawers, circa 1880
Located in Round Top, TX
This unique shelf unit can be used as a bookshelf or wall unit. It originally served as a display for a shop owner in 1800's Europe. The original green paint, bun feet and porcelain ...
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Antique 19th Century Russian Apothecary Cabinets

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Paint, Pine

Freestanding Bookshelf with Painted Bronze Details by Cal Design
Located in Pasadena, CA
A contemporary freestanding bookshelf in wrought iron tubing and walnut plank construction with eight large open framed bays and two custom painted and aged bronze plaques applied fo...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Shelves

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Wrought Iron

Single Large British Colonial Painted Wood Bookshelf with Little Lower Drawers
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large British Colonial bookshelf or cabinet with multiple shelves and six smaller drawers in the lower part. Fluted columns give an interesting rhythm to this piece. The general co...
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20th Century Indian British Colonial Bookcases

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Wood, Wood

18th Century Italian Painted Wood Bookshelf with Egg and Dart Molding
Located in Atlanta, GA
A wonderful 18th century Italian painted wood cabinet with gilded egg and dart molding and floral carving. We added and custom painted the shelves, the back and the bracket feet, whi...
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Antique Late 18th Century Italian Cabinets

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Wood

Antique White Bookshelf, Historicism, Oak
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
Antique Historicism / Classicism bookcase with acanthus capitals on the sides. Hand painted white. Nine adjustable shelves on toothed racks. Solid oak.  
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Antique Late 19th Century German Other Shelves

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Oak

  • Antique White Bookshelf, Historicism, Oak
  • Antique White Bookshelf, Historicism, Oak
  • Antique White Bookshelf, Historicism, Oak
  • Antique White Bookshelf, Historicism, Oak
H 47.25 in. W 74.81 in. D 19.69 in.
French Provincial Louis XV Style Bookshelf
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Rustic country Provincial style book case or book shelf with carved scalloped details will be useful in any room for books or displaying collectables. The shelving unit has been whit...
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Vintage 1960s French French Provincial Bookcases

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Wood

  • French Provincial Louis XV Style Bookshelf
  • French Provincial Louis XV Style Bookshelf
  • French Provincial Louis XV Style Bookshelf
  • French Provincial Louis XV Style Bookshelf
H 39.5 in. W 39 in. D 11 in.
Italian Panted & Parcel Gilt Bookshelf with Cherub Face
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian painted in soft Venetian blue coloration and highlighted with 22-karat gold leaf accents throughout. Accented with carved cherub face at top arch. Great display cabinet for a...
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Vintage 1930s Italian Rococo Bookcases

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Wood, Giltwood

John Keal Desk with Bookshelf for Brown Saltman
By John Keal
Located in Laguna Hills, CA
Mid-Century Modernist design with floating top in two-tone black and white satin finish with three drawers in front and bookshelf on the backside. Can be used against the wall or flo...
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany, Paint

  • John Keal Desk with Bookshelf for Brown Saltman
  • John Keal Desk with Bookshelf for Brown Saltman
  • John Keal Desk with Bookshelf for Brown Saltman
  • John Keal Desk with Bookshelf for Brown Saltman
H 28.5 in. W 52.25 in. D 23.75 in.
Large Mid-Century Wood and Blue Italian Bookshelf, 1950s-1970s
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century corner wood and blue Italian Bookshelf, 1950s-1970s. Lovely Tall Italian Bookshelf painted a Mid-Century blue in the shelves Exact date when it was made is unknown ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Paint, Wood

Industrial Vintage Mid-Century Perforated Yellow Metal Bookshelf or Shelves
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Vintage midcentury modernist industrial style shelf in canary yellow with circular perforations. Made of a steel frame and perforated metal painted or enameled in yellow with circula...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Metal, Steel

Goldscheider Vienna Girl with Book Sitting on a Bookshelf by Dakon, circa 1935
By Stefan Dakon, Goldscheider Manufactory of Vienna
Located in Vienna, AT
Very rare goldscheider Art Deco ceramic figurine. The girl with blond curly hair and a green bow in her hair, wearing a black and white checked dress, is sitting cross-legged on a l...
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Vintage 1930s Austrian Art Deco Ceramics

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Ceramic

Painted Bookshelf For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal painted bookshelf for your home. Frequently made of wood, metal and bronze, every painted bookshelf was constructed with great care. There are 8 variations of the antique or vintage painted bookshelf you’re looking for, while we also have 2 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer painted bookshelf, there are earlier versions available from the 19th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. Each painted bookshelf bearing Mid-Century Modern hallmarks is very popular. A well-made painted bookshelf has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Achille Salvagni, Mathieu Matégot and Peter Shire are consistently popular.

How Much are Painted Bookshelf?

A painted bookshelf can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $4,700, while the lowest priced sells for $230 and the highest can go for as much as $73,857.

Finding the Right Storage Case Pieces for You

Dressers, credenzas and cabinets have long been home staples, perfect for routine storage or protection of personal items. 

In the mid-19th century, cabinetmakers would mimic styles originating in the Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI eras for their dressers, bookshelves and other structures, and, later, simpler, streamlined wood designs allowed these “case pieces” or “case goods” — any furnishing that is unupholstered and has some semblance of a storage component — to blend into the background of any interior. 

Mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts will cite the tall modular wall units crafted in teak and other sought-after woods of the era by the likes of George Nelson and Finn Juhl. For these highly customizable furnishings, designers of the day delivered an alternative to big, heavy bookcases by considering the use of space — and, in particular, walls — in new and innovative ways. Mid-century modern credenzas, which, long and low, evolved from tables that were built as early as the 14th century in Italy, typically have no legs or very short legs and have grown in popularity as an alluring storage option over time. 

Although the name immediately invokes images of clothing, dressers were initially created in Europe for a much different purpose. This furnishing was initially a flat-surfaced, low-profile side table equipped with a few drawers — a common fixture used to dress and prepare meats in English kitchens throughout the Tudor period. The drawers served as perfect utensil storage. It wasn’t until the design made its way to North America that it became enlarged and equipped with enough space to hold clothing and cosmetics. The very history of storage case pieces is a testament to their versatility and well-earned place in any room. 

In the spirit of positioning your case goods center stage, decluttering can now be design-minded. A contemporary case piece with open shelving and painted wood details can prove functional as a storage unit as easily as it can a room divider. Whether you’re seeking a playful sideboard made of colored glass and metals, an antique Italian hand-carved storage cabinet or a glass-door vitrine to store and show off your collectibles, there are options for you on 1stDibs.