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Rare and Magnificent Neoclassical Mahogany Bibliotheque Bookcase



A rare and magnificent neoclassical mahogany three door bookcase dating to the second half of the 19th century. Resting on a large plinth, the bookcase has three large frame doors with parallel detached moldings over a metal trellis work, backed up with ochre colored velvet and flanked on the corners by a pair of tapering mahogany herms topped with sideways looking gilt bronze female busts in the Empire style. Under the concave shaped top a frieze applied with a gilt bronze Vitruvian scroll connects both finely shaped gilt busts. In between the doors are elegant half columns discretely decorated with gilt bronze rings to complete the delicate design. The inside construction and back panels are executed in finest quality oak and the mahogany on the outside has taken an overall lovely honey – colored patina to bear witness of times gone by. The design of this bookcase is quite unique and seems to combine the neoclassical style of Thomas Hope with French Empire taste as emulated by the Parisian furniture makers Jacob. It was probably created in Belgium where quality furniture making knew its heyday from the mid-19th century up to World War I thanks to industrialisation and Fine tropical woods imported from the Congo. The bookcase has nine adjustable shelves in oak.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 94.89 in. (241 cm)Width: 100.4 in. (255 cm)Depth: 18.9 in. (48 cm)
  • Style
    Empire Revival (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Antwerp, BE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU950415704821

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Antwerp, Belgium
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