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Shallow Bookshelf

Antique French Renaissance Open Bookcase
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique French Renaissance Open Bookcase is the perfect choice for a compact, shallow bookshelf
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Early 20th Century French Renaissance Shelves

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Oak

Midcentury Wrought Iron & Oak Plank Open Bookshelf
Located in Dallas, TX
Midcentury Wrought Iron & Oak Plank Open Bookshelf combines timeless flair with elegant scrollwork
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Wrought Iron

19th Century English Open Library Caddy, Bookshelf
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century English Open Library Caddy ~ Bookshelf is a charming piece that can serve in a variety
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Antique 1890s English British Colonial Shelves

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Sycamore

19th Century English Regency Antique Mahogany Chiffonier Cabinet with Bookshelf
Located in Shippensburg, PA
today's home. Projecting only 14" into the room, this shallow cupboard offers an angular form and rich
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Antique 19th Century English Regency Cabinets

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Brass

Late 19th Century French Beautifully Ornate Brass Freestanding Mantel Clock
Located in Atlanta, GA
at either far rear side. This French clock, circa 1880s-1920s, is shallow in depth as to fit easily
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Antique Late 19th Century French Mantel Clocks

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Metal, Brass

Model 795 Bookcase by Carlo Scarpa for Bernini
By Bernini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Brooklyn, NY
any space, the Model 795 bookshelf (sometimes called the “Serie 1935” or “Liberia 1935”) was designed
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Metal

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Baker Historic Charleston Bombay Dresser
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Located in Pasadena, TX
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Victorian Rosewood Bookcase
Located in Whaley Bridge, GB
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George IV Mahogany Library Bookcase
Located in New York, NY
George IV mahogany library bookcase with brass castors.
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Antique Early 19th Century English George IV Bookcases

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Located in Berlin, DE
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Located in London, GB
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19th Century American Barber Shop Back Bar
Located in Forney, TX
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19th Century Anglo Indian Carved Hard Wood Three Tiered Shelf
Located in Stamford, CT
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19th Century French Fruitwood Bookcase
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
19th Century French fruitwood bookcase, with two glazed doors above two panelled doors. With keys for both and four adjustable shelves. Circa 1890.
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Antique Late 19th Century French Bookcases

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Huge French Heavily Carved Oak Bookcase, circa 1880
Located in Daylesford, Victoria
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Antique 1880s French Belle Époque Bookcases

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18thC Style French Bookshelf/Bookcase
Located in San Francisco, CA
Shallow bookshelf with parquetry design and the original marble top.
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20th Century French Bookcases

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Tall French Bobbin Turned Open Bookshelf
Located in Port Chester, NY
A tall bookshelf with eye catching turned supports. A beautiful look and shallow enough to hold
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Antique Late 19th Century French Bookcases

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17th Century Antique Housekeepers Oak Bookshelf Cupboard
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
17th century antique housekeepers oak bookshelf cupboard This is a very unusual antique cupboard
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Located in Atlanta, GA
versatile size, with a shallow profile, and can be used as a bookshelf, cabinet, media storage, or room
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Located in Hele, Devon, GB
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Danish Mid-Century Modern Teak Bookcase Bookshelf Cabinet by Poul Hundevad
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Located in Shippensburg, PA
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Located in Port Chester, NY
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Located in High Point, NC
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Located in Dallas, TX
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Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Paul McCobb Calvin Line Mahogany Sideboard with Bookshelf Top C. 1950s
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in Palm Springs, CA
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Finding the Right storage-case-pieces for You

Of all the antique and vintage case pieces and storage cabinets that have become popular in modern interiors over the years, 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, Poul Cadovius 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.

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