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Louis XV Bookcases

LOUIS XV STYLE

The style of 18th-century French furniture was guided by the court. When Louis XV, who reigned from 1715–74, focused royal life on the smaller salons of Versailles rather than its grand chambers, it transformed the aesthetics away from the imposing and angular furniture that characterized the style of Louis XIV. A broader focus on comfort and more delicate forms define antique Louis XV furniture, with nature-inspired carvings, wood inlays, curved cabriole legs, asymmetrical shapes and rounded oval seat backs. The furnishings changed throughout the king’s life, as he ascended to the throne as a child and then grew to establish his own tastes.

Pieces like the bergère, an upholstered armchair with a wide cushion that fit the flowing dresses in fashion at the time, reflected this more informal court. Introduced at the start of Louis XV’s reign, bergère chairs in this style were deeper and broader than other chairs of the period.

Louis XV tapestries and carpets tended to be floral and colorful, and design elements were borrowed from Asia. Dutch-born cabinetmaker Bernard van Risenburgh brought lacquer techniques influenced by Japan and China into his luxuriously made furniture. Along with its fine details, the furniture of the era also featured new innovations including mechanical devices. Jean François Oeben, a royal cabinetmaker, created such intricate pieces as a mechanical table for Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV’s mistress. It involved a sliding top and a writing surface that extended from its marquetry panels.

During the later years of Louis XV’s reign, there was a shift from the ostentatious rocaille style, part of the exuberantly decorative Rococo movement in Europe for which designers such as Nicolas Pineau and Juste-Aurèle Meissonier are known. The style under Louis XVI would return to boxier forms, but with a neoclassical touch inspired by the ancient world.

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Style: Louis XV
Romweber French Provincial Louis XV Burl Wood Breakfront Bookcase Cabinet, 1920s
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional French Provincial Louis XV style breakfront bookcase cabinet or dining cabinet By Romweber USA, Circa 1920s Gorgeous book-matched exotic burled acacia wood, with mu...
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1920s American Vintage Louis XV Bookcases

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Brass

18th Century Louis XV Gold Leaf and Lacquered Bookcase Italy 1700
Located in Roma, RM
Rare Italian lacquered bookcase , luigi xv era, completely original and removable, great size and quality. Rare and impressive piece of furniture. In good aesthetic functional condit...
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1740s Italian Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Gold Leaf

Small French Louis XV Style Marble Bronze Walnut Bookcase Leather Book Spines
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a gorgeous French louis XVbookcase with a brass mesh grill and a gorgeous set of antique leather bookspines that are tastefully placed in the top section. The marble top adds...
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1920s French Vintage Louis XV Bookcases

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Carrara Marble, Bronze

French 18th Century Louis XV Style Provincial - Country French Armoire Bookcase
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Tall French 18th-19th Century Louis XV Style Provincial - Country French Carved Walnut Armoire - Bibliotheque - Bookcase. The twin-door vitrine or book cabinet with three wooden sh...
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Late 18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Brass, Bronze

Rare Kingwood & Mahogany Louis XV Style Bookcase
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
Exceptional Quality Louis XV Style Bookcase in Kingwood and Mahogany parquetry, with thick 1-3/4″ marble top. With original ormolu mounts and hardware, this is a truly fine and rare ...
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Early 1900s French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Marble

19th Century French Hand Carved Open Bookcase
Located in Hopewell, NJ
French walnut hand carved open bookcase with three shelves and a drawer in Louis XV style. Massive and stable in very good condition. Lovely carved sunflowers in base, which holds a ...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Walnut

19th Century Louis XV Style Dainty Mahogany Bookcase, Stamped
Located in NICE, FR
We present you this rare and charming 19th century, Louis XV-style small open bookcase, known as a 'bibus' in French. It has graceful curves on its front and sides and boasts a 'Brèc...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Marble, Bronze

Antique French Provincial Louis XV Burled Walnut Armoire Bookcase
Located in Sheridan, CO
Beautiful antique armoire French Provincial Louis XV burled walnut and walnut with three adjustable interior shelves, late 1700's, 18th Century. This 18th c. This French burled walnut armoire...
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Late 18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Brass

French Bookcase, Louis XV Style 19th century.
Located in Leimen, DE
Step back in time with this captivating Napoleon III Bookcase from France, dating back to the 1850-60's. Its charming design features a slightly curved front with two doors, boasting...
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1860s French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Marble

Large Solid Oak French Louis XV Style Breakfront Bookcase Vitrine, circa 1980
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
For customers that require professional insured delivery we are proud to have teamed up with a nationwide professional delivery company that will assist with coordinating your delive...
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1980s American Vintage Louis XV Bookcases

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Oak

Antique French Louis XV Kingwood, Marble & Ormolu Bookcase by E. Poteau, c1870
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique French Louis XV by Edouard Poteau (Paris, France - late 19th century) bookcase offers marble top surmounting kingwood bookmatched case having double doors with shaped glas...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Bookcases

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Marble, Metal, Ormolu

Walnut Louis XV Bookcase with Glass Doors, circa 1890
Located in Evergreen, CO
Elegant in every way, this late-19th century, Louis XV bookcase is as stunning as it is practical. The beautiful, tight grain of walnut, finished in a medium stain is showcased on th...
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Late 19th Century Belgian Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Glass, Walnut, Oak

19th Century French Louis XV Walnut Display Armoire ~ Bookcase
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century French Louis XV walnut display Armoire ~ Bookcase is a majestic example of fine craftsmanship, executed in what experts consider the finest indigenous wood ever availabl...
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1890s French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Brass

18th Century French Louis XV Carved Walnut Bombe Secretary Bookcase
Located in Dallas, TX
Crafted in Bordeaux, France, circa 1760, the antique "secretaire a abattant" with upper display shelving is built in two sections. The top part features a curved bonnet cornice with ...
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Mid-18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Walnut

French Louis XV Painted Display Cabinet
Located in Charleston, SC
The 19th century glass-fronted bookcase /display cabinet of the Louis XV manner in painted walnut wood with a Chapeau de Gendarme crown. Double glass doors open to give access to ...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Bronze

Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Bibliotheque, Attributed to François Linke
Located in Brighton, West Sussex
A Louis XV style gilt-bronze mounted bibliotheque, attributed to François Linke. This bookcase is lavishly mounted with ormolu, notably the busts of soldiers to the angles which are known as 'têtes des guerriers antiques'. The doors are quarter veneered with a diamond pattern in precious timber and enclose three adjustable shelves. French, Circa 1890 This impressive bookcase reprises the work of the celebrated Ancien Régime...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Bronze

Louis XV Carved Provincial Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
Louis XV carved provincial cabinet, with a carved central cartouche depicting fruit, leaves & flowers in a basket. Its top 2 carved cabinet doors, e...
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Mid-18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Oak

Louis XV Style Bibliotheque or Book Case
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Louis XV Style Bibliotheque or Book Case - a large and substantial piece and a compliment to any large room which needs sophisticated stora...
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Late 20th Century Louis XV Bookcases

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Brass, Wire

18th Century French Louis XV Small Marquetry Bookcase or Vitrine
Located in Berlin, DE
18th century French Louis XV small Marquetry bookcase or Vitrine Rectangular vitrine or bookcase standing on four cabriole feet, front and sides slightly curved, the angles pointe...
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Mid-18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Breccia Marble, Bronze

Library /Secretary in Marquetry by Chevrie
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Superb furniture in marquetry and bronze in the louis XV louis XVI transition style executed by A.Chevrie famous parisian cabinetmaker of this time. The furniture at the top opens ...
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1890s French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Bronze

Bibliotheque by Paul Sormani with Gilt Bronze and Brèche d'Alep Marble Top
Located in New York, NY
This Sormani bookshelf is made of kingwood and bois satine with a brèche d'Alep marble top. The center panel holds an open shelf with adjustable shelf and a section with sliding tamb...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Bronze

Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Style Kingwood Bronze Mounted Open Bookcase
Located in Middleburg, VA
Mid-20th century French Louis XV style Kingwood bronze mounted open front bookcase. Beautiful inlay work on the sides. France, circa 1940. Measures: 34.25" H, 40" W, 10.5" D.  
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Bookcases

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Bronze

Louis XV Bookcase by Pierre Garnier with Inlay Wood and Marble Top, circa 1750
Located in VÉZELAY, FR
Superb inlaid bookcase / vitrine / showcase with very thick marble top, feet decorated with bronze and double mesh door. 3 shelves present. In excellent general condition. Key present, the lock works perfectly Louis XV style and period, France, 18th century, around 1750. By the cabinetmaker Pierre Garnier...
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Mid-18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Marble, Bronze

French 19th Century Louis XV St. Kingwood, Tulipwood, Ormolu and Marble Étagère
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An elegant and very high quality French 19th century Louis XV st. Kingwood, Tulipwood, ormolu and Brèche marble Bibus/étagère, stamped G.DURAND. The bookshelf is raised by five most ...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Marble, Ormolu

French 1800s Cherry Buffet à Deux-Corps with Glass Doors, Clock and Drawers
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Louis XV style cherry buffet à deux-corps from the early 19th century, with glass doors and round clock. Created in France at the beginning of the reign of Emperor Napoléon ...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Glass, Cherry

Pair of Marble Top Bookcases with Brass Gallery and Mountings
Located in Locust Valley, NY
A pair of ebonized Louis XV style bookcases circa 1940, with a coral tone marble top and brass gallery and ormolu mountings to feet and apron.
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Mid-20th Century Louis XV Bookcases

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Marble, Brass

French 19th Century Louis XV Style Tulipwood and Ormolu Bibus
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An elegant French 19th century Louis XV st. tulipwood and ormolu mounted Bibus, stamped F.Durand FILS. The Étagère is raised by Fine cabriole legs with beautiful wrap around ormolu s...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Marble, Ormolu

18th Century French Louis XV Grand Scale Bibliothèque or Display Cabinet
Located in Winter Park, FL
A grand scale 18th century French Louis XV Period bibliothe`que, or bookcase, from the Loire Valley. Made of solid cherry wood with chestnut as a secondary wood and constructed in tw...
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18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Iron

19th Century French Hand Carved Four Shelves Open Bookcase in Louis XV Style
Located in Sofia, BG
French walnut hand carved four shelves open bookcase in Louis XV style. Massive and stable in very good condition. France, circa 1890.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Walnut

19th Century French Louis XV Walnut Bookcase
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century French Louis XV walnut bookcase is a masterpiece of the cabinetmaker's art! The luxurious nature of the coveted French walnut exudes a sophistication unmatched by any ot...
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1880s French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Walnut

Louis XV-Style Vitrine with Marquetry Decoration
Located in Paris, FR
Louis XV-style vitrine crafted of veneered rosewood, amaranth and satinwood. Elegantly set upon cabriole legs, the showcase is distinguished by a luxurious marquetry decoration featu...
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1870s French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Rosewood, Satinwood

Vitrine French 2 Door with Marble Top, Ormolu Mounts, Louis XV Styling
Located in Toronto, CA
A vitrine in the Louis XV French styling, with 2 glass doors and a marble top. The case is veneered in Walnut with tulip wood and rosewood and the ormolu mounts give it a formal char...
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20th Century French Louis XV Bookcases

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Tulipwood, Walnut

Pair of 19th Century French Louis XV Style Marble Top Bibliotheques / Bookcases
Located in Charleston, SC
A Regal pair of Louis XV style French ormolu-mounted marble top Bibliotheques with rosewood, Kingwood, Tulipwood, and mahogany veneers. These elegant French bookcases showcase the re...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Marble, Ormolu

French 18th Century Louis XV Transition Period Cube Marquetry Vitrine or Library
Located in Berlin, DE
French 18th century Louis XV Transition period cube marquetry vitrine showcase or library A fine small 18th century Louis XV/Transitional period vitr...
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1760s French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Bronze

Maison Jansen French Louis XV Style Red Lacquered & Gilt Trimmed Bookcase
Located in New York, NY
French Louis XV-style (1940s) red lacquered and gilt trimmed bookcase with 2 drawers above 3 shelves with a shaped top and bronze sabot feet. (Stamped: JANSEN)
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Bookcases

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Giltwood, Wood

French Grey Painted Louis XV Style Two-Part Bibliothèque Custom-Made in 1978
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large French vintage Louis XV style painted two-part bookcase with glass doors, custom-made for a client in 1978. This French bibliothèque features a dark grey painted cornice...
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Late 20th Century French Louis XV Bookcases

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Wood

French Louis XV Style Oak Bookcase
Located in Dallas, TX
Large French Louis XV style oak bookcase with adjustable shelves and chicken wire in doors.
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Bookcases

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Wire

French Louis XV Period Dome Top Oak Bibliothèque, circa 1750
Located in valatie, NY
This gracious dome top country French bibliothèque is made of carved golden oak. It has two arched top removable doors with inset scrolled panels and scrolled openings with traditional inset chicken wire. This beautiful piece has its original brass rooster head hardware. The doors open with no centre post to an interior lined in gold damask trimmed...
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18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Oak

French 19th-20th Century Louis XV Style Mahogany and Ormolu Mounted Vitrine
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very fine and large French 19th-20th century Louis XV style mahogany and ormolu-mounted Vitrine cabinet with a Veined Mint green marble top, attributed to Georges-François Alix...
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Early 1900s French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Marble, Ormolu

18th Century Oak Corner Library Cupboard
Located in Vosselaar, BE
This mid-18th century oak corner cupboard originates from the Prebysterie (living quarters of a pastor) of the small Normandy village of Foie, now part of Normanville. It was reputed...
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Mid-18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Oak

Louis XV Dome Topped Walnut Bibliotheque, c1750
Located in valatie, NY
This beautiful French Louis XV bookcase has a single molded domed top and two arched doors with screened openings. The bibliotheque is carved with wheat, grapes, flowers, leaves and ...
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18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Mesh, Walnut

19th Century French Kingwood and Ormolu Revolving Bookcase
Located in London, GB
A French revolving library bookcase Constructed in kingwood, amaranth and goncalo alves, and dressed with high quality gilt bronze work; rising from quadripartite swept and hipped...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Bronze

French Louis XV 18th Century Walnut Vitrine Display Cabinet with Glass Door
Located in Atlanta, GA
A petite French Louis XV period walnut vitrine display cabinet from the 18th century, with single glass door and richly carved floral-themed motifs. Created in France during the 18th...
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18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Walnut, Glass

French Three Door Louis XV Style Bookcase with Ormolu Mounts
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
French three-door walnut Louis XV style bookcase with book-matched and banded veneer work throughout and a splendid ‘sunburst’ pattern to the c...
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Early 1900s French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Walnut

Louis Xv bookcases for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Louis XV bookcases for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the Late 20th Century, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage bookcases created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include case pieces and storage cabinets and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, metal and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Louis XV bookcases made in a specific country, there are Europe, France, and Belgium pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original bookcases, popular names associated with this style include Alexandre Chevrié, Paris, Faubourg, Frédéric & Gervais Durand, and Paul Sormani. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for bookcases differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $1,632 and tops out at $49,930 while the average work can sell for $10,625.

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