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Neoclassical Bookcases

NEOCLASSICAL STYLE

Neoclassical design emerged in Europe in the 1750s, as the Age of Enlightenment reached full flower. Neoclassical furniture took its cues from the styles of ancient Rome and Athens: symmetrical, ordered, dignified forms with such details as tapered and fluted chair and table legs, backrest finials and scrolled arms.

Over a period of some 20 years, first in France and later in Britain, neoclassical design — also known as Louis XVI, or Louis Seize — would supersede the lithe and curvaceous Rococo or Louis XV style.

The first half of the 18th century had seen a rebirth of interest in classical antiquity. The "Grand Tour" of Europe, codified as a part of the proper education of a patrician gentleman, included an extended visit to Rome. Some ventured further, to sketch the ruins of ancient Greece. These drawings and others — particularly those derived from the surprising and rich archaeological discoveries in the 1730s and ’40s at the sites of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum — caused great excitement among intellectuals and aesthetes alike.

Neoclassical furniture is meant to reflect both grace and power. The overall appearance of neoclassical chairs, tables and cabinetry is strong and rectilinear. These pieces are, in effect, classical architecture in miniature: chair and table legs are shaped like columns; cabinets are constructed with elements that mirror friezes and pediments.

Yet neoclassicism is enlivened by gilt and silver leaf, marquetry, and carved and applied ornamental motifs based on Greek and Roman sculpture: acanthus leaves, garlands, laurel wreaths, sheaves of arrow, medallions and chair splats are carved in the shapes of lyres and urns.

As you can see from the furniture on these pages, there is a bit of whimsy in such stately pieces — a touch of lightness that will always keep neoclassicism fresh.

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Style: Neoclassical
Antique Neoclassical Style Open Bookcase
Located in London, GB
A lovely antique neoclassical Empire style wood open bookcase, dating from around the 1930-50’s period. It has a reeded top edge and reeded tapered side columns, topped with gilt ...
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Early 20th Century English Neoclassical Bookcases

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Wood

Mahogany and Brass Shelves Unit Attributed to Maison Jansen, Circa 1940
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
Mahogany and brass neoclassical style shelves unit. This is a French work attributed to Maison Jansen. Circa 1940.
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1940s French Vintage Neoclassical Bookcases

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Brass

Globe Weinecke Leaded Glass 5 Section Barrister Bookcase
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous leaded glass bookcase by Globe Weinecke C1920. Quarter sawn oak in original finish. Excellent vintage condition with minimal wear. Bookcase consists of 3 storage areas and b...
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1920s American Vintage Neoclassical Bookcases

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Oak

20th-C. Maison Jensen Neo-Classical Style Steel Etageres or Shelves, Pair
Located in Kennesaw, GA
These make a strong statement! This is a pair of brushed steel etageres in the manner of Maison Jansen. They have removable glass shelves. The x-frame lends a clean elegance to the s...
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Late 20th Century Unknown Neoclassical Bookcases

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Steel

Large French Neoclassical Pine Bookcase
Located in Long Island City, NY
A large French neoclassical Louis XVI style pine bookcase - Shelving unit.
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1940s Vintage Neoclassical Bookcases

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Pine

French Display and Storage Cabinet with Neoclassical Influences
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French tall display and storage cabinet from the mid 20th century. This vintage cabinet from France, which stands approximately 7.75 ft tall, has been designed with a Neoclassical ...
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Mid-20th Century French Neoclassical Bookcases

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Wood, Glass

19th Century Neoclassical Italian Fruitwood Corner Étagère
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Delicate 19th century Italian fruitwood corner shelf or étagère made in the neoclassical taste. Having two tiers and decorated with X forms on the sides. Supported by three narrow le...
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19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Fruitwood

Louis-Philippe Style Bookcase in Solid Cherrywood, 100% Made in France
Located in Landivy, FR
This bookcase is made with 2 parts is made of French cherrywood and also available in oak. - The Upper part has 3 glass doors and 3 removable shelves on wooden racks. - The Lower ...
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2010s French Neoclassical Bookcases

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Wood, Cherry, Oak

Italian Walnut 18th Century Library Bookcase Panneling
Located in Vosselaar, BE
A good late 18th century Italian neoclassical library room panneling. This room consists of one central bookcase with a tympan centerpiece. At both sides angle cabinets with hand blo...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Walnut

Pair of Adam Style Black Lacquered Bookcases
Located in New York, NY
Pair of English Adam-style (20th Century) black lacquered and gilt trimmed Neo-classic bookcases with glass stenciled pediment top. (PRICED AS Pair)
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Late 19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Gold Leaf

19th Century Italian Neoclassical Painted Display Cabinet w/ Faux Marble Columns
Located in Miami, FL
A very beautiful and tall Italian neoclassical style cabinet with polychromed finish, with open display shelves over base with two doors. This impressive cabinet is very dramatic wit...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Pine, Paint

Pair of English 19th Century Neoclassical Style Painted and Carved Pine Shelves
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of English Neoclassical style painted pine breakfront shelves from the 19th century, with dentil molding, carved meander and foliage. Created in England during the 19th centur...
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19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Pine

Long French Stretcher Base Console
Located in Westwood, NJ
A French Neoclassic style mahogany and cerejeira veneered console table, the rectangular crossbanded and molded edge top above four frieze drawers, on square legs, joined to the side...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Neoclassical Bookcases

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Wood

Storage Unit or Library in American Walnut, circa 1900
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Storage unit or library in American walnut, circa 1900. The shelves are removable and can be adjusted differently. Total dimensions H 230 cm W 145cm D 58 cm The high glass cabi...
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Late 19th Century North American Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Oak, Walnut

Antique French Louis XVI Vitrine
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique French Louis XVI Vitrine is the perfect choice for displaying your most prized possessions, collection or family memorabilia! Glass on three sides and an elevated design are ...
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Early 20th Century English Neoclassical Bookcases

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Glass, Mahogany

Late 19th Century Danish Mahogany Book Cabinet
Located in Pasadena, CA
Late 19th century Danish mahogany book cabinet with tambour doors that hide two shelves.
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19th Century Danish Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Mahogany

Open Bookcase in Solid Oak, Wooden Stained and White-Cream Lacquered
Located in Landivy, FR
This classical bookcase Unit is made of French Oak. It can be combined with other units to get a full wall of bookcases. This unit has one fixed wooden shelf + 3 removable and adj...
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2010s French Neoclassical Bookcases

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Oak

Directoire Style Painted Bookcase in French Oak, white Stain, pearl grey lacquer
Located in Landivy, FR
This 3 doors bookcase is a handmade reproduction of the French Directoire Style at the end of the 18th century. This period style is remarkable with its straight, classical and timel...
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2010s French Neoclassical Bookcases

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Glass, Wood, Cherry, Oak, Lacquer

Modern Ebonized Glass Door Bookcase
Located in Westwood, NJ
Modern ebonized glass door bookcase with brass trim. An elegant and sophisticated piece in a larger size perfect for display. This etagere has two glass framed doors that open mak...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Neoclassical Bookcases

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Brass

Italian Hand-Painted and Parcel Gilt Bookcase Bibliotheque, 19 Century
Located in Cypress, CA
Embossing Italian hand-painted and parcel gilt book case display cabinet, late 19 century. A parcel gilt arched crowning, above four shelving compartments decorated in a floral moti...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Wood

Pair of Antique Open Bookcases
Located in London, GB
A beautiful and very well made pair of antique open bookcases. They are in the neo-classical style, and were made in England, around the 1950’s period. The quality is superb and the...
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Mid-20th Century English Neoclassical Bookcases

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Wood

Neoclassical Style Mahogany and Brass Revolving Library. French. Circa 1950
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This very nice neoclassical style revolving library is made of mahogany and brass. This bookcases is a very elegant model. This is a nice French work, in the style of Maison Jansen, ...
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1950s French Vintage Neoclassical Bookcases

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Brass

English Mahogany Wood Cabinet / Bookcase
Located in Hudson, NY
Great English craftsmanship two parts mahogany wood china cabinet / bookcase with interior glass shelves & exterior Greek key influence wood design detail. The hutch / bookcase is ve...
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19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Brass

Neoclassical Style Gilt Iron and Carrara Marble Étagère
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Elegant five shelf étagère constructed from gilded wrought iron and featuring white Carrara marble shelf inserts. This tall display case has a corniced top and matching flared base. ...
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20th Century Neoclassical Bookcases

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Carrara Marble, Iron

Monumental 18th Century Open Library Bookcase
Located in Vosselaar, BE
A large open display cupboard/bookcase. Made in Mantua Italy at the end of the 18th century for a monastery from local poplar and pine. Beautifully proportioned neoclassical style wi...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Poplar

Italian 19th Century Neoclassical Trompe L'oeil Painted Cabinet
Located in Troy, NY
Very decorative, rare and whimsical two-part cabinet, featuring charming trompe l'oeil still lives of imaginary kitchen items. Top and bottom part with double doors. retaining origin...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Pine

Neoclassical Style Mahogany and Brass Shelves Unit, French, Circa 1940
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This neoclassical style shelves unit is made of mahogany and brass. This is a very elegant bookcase with 4 mahogany shelves surrounded by a brass gallery. This is a French work, circ...
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1940s French Vintage Neoclassical Bookcases

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Brass

English Satinwood Library Bookcase with Neoclassical Decoration
By Thomas Sheraton
Located in London, GB
A library bookcase in the manner of Sheraton and the Adam Brothers. Constructed in satinwood, line inlaid, and hand decorated in polychrome; of breakfront form, rising from swept ...
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19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Satinwood, Paint

Hugh 4-Door Glass Cabinet 1900 Early 20th Century Gustavian Style
Located in Vienna, AT
Amazing hugh cabinet of the early 20th century. This piece was standing in a Viennese private school which was founded in 1897. Focus of this school was European education. The stude...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Glass, Softwood

19th Century Federal Period Duncan Phyfe Style Flame Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
By Duncan Phyfe
Located in Charleston, SC
Rare and important antique American early 19th century figured mahogany "Duncan Phyfe" style flap-top secretary bookcase with gorgeous lyre-shaped glazed doors. Color of mahogany has...
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Early 19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Mahogany

Classical Manner Ebonized Corner Etagere
Located in New York, NY
Classical manner ebonized and parcel gilt etagere with three levels. Measures: 28" H x 13" W x 13" D.
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Early 20th Century Neoclassical Bookcases

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Wood

Fine Pair of Neoclassical Style X Form Support Etageres
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A handsome pair of well made and sturdy open Etageres in the neoclassical style. Each with an openwork 3/4 gallery on top, carved frame, four shelves, and X form supports on the side...
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20th Century Neoclassical Bookcases

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Wood

Pair of Neo-Classical Library Bookcases
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
By repute, these sophisticated neo-classical bookcases were removed from Lambton Castle, one of the grandest country houses in the north of England, seat of the Earls of Durham. O...
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19th Century British Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Brass

Antique Revolving Bookcase English 19th Century Tiger Oak Arts & Crafts Rotating
Located in Ijzendijke, NL
Stylish & practical! This English late 19th century revolving bookcase. Gorgeous antique oak with Arts & Crafts style carved base. Decorate your office, living room or study with t...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Oak

Pair of Russian Plum Pudding Mahogany Bookcases
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Russian (Circa 1820) plum pudding mahogany bookcase cabinets with brass trim and "X" design on 2 front doors, with 2 lower doors and fall front drawer. (PRICED AS Pair)
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19th Century Russian Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Mahogany

Rosewood Bookcase Breakfront Cabinet by Bethehem Furniture
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Breathtaking vintage 2-piece rosewood breakfront of substantial size by Bethlehem Furniture Mfg. of Red Lion, PA in the neoclassical / French Empire Taste. This remarkable piece feat...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Bookcases

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Brass

Italian Neoclassical Faux Marble Lacquer and Giltwood Open Shelves Cabinets
Located in Firenze, IT
Add extra shelving and storage space to your living room, library or study with this important antique architecturally hand- carved open cabinets or bookcases in Neoclassical style. ...
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19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Giltwood, Wood, Lacquer

Italian Display Cabinet
Located in Westwood, NJ
A Classic Italian cerejeira veneered and mahogany display cabinet, the molded cornice above glazed sides and two doors with a trellis astragals enclosing a lit interior with three ad...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Neoclassical Bookcases

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Wood

Pair of Neoclassical Style Iron Clad Bookshelves
Located in Stamford, CT
Stunning pair of unique custom made industrial neoclassical style bookshelves with iron over wood and brass trim. Each in the form of an ancient Egyptian doorway making for a very mo...
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Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Bookcases

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Iron

Grand Scale Neoclassical Bookcase
Located in Larkspur, CA
Neoclassical-inspired columnar grand scale bookcase with exaggerated cornice and stepped base, interior shelving and silver leafed rosette detailing and fluted columns, the whole in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Neoclassical Bookcases

Materials

Paint

Austrian Neoclassical Style Bookcase Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
Continental Austrian neoclassical style oak bookcase cabinet with geometric inlay, gilt egg-and-dart detail, ebonized trim, and Gothic filigree on front doors, circa 1790.   
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18th Century Austrian Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Oak

Vintage Ball and Stick Book Case or Storage Shelf
Located in Seattle, WA
Vintage ball and stick book case or storage shelf Dimensions. 19 W ; 39 H ; 12 D.
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1930s Vintage Neoclassical Bookcases

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Mahogany, Walnut

Italian Antique 19th Century Bookcase in Solid Larch Wax Polished
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Original Italian late 19th century neoclassic bookcase in solid larch restored and wax polished. Measures cm: H 180 x W 109 x D 53.
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Late 19th Century Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Pine

French Large Neoclassical Bookcase, Painted in White Lacquer
Located in Montreal, Quebec
French large Neoclassical bookcase, painted in white lacquer, lion's claw feet, neoclassical x or cross design at ends.
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20th Century French Neoclassical Bookcases

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Wood

Mahogany Wood China Cabinet / Hutch
Located in Hudson, NY
Hand crafted Italian Mahogany wood two part china cabinet / hutch with interior glass shelves and mirror back splash. The hutch / cabinet is very sturdy and in good condition. Minor ...
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1930s Italian Vintage Neoclassical Bookcases

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Brass

Iron Neoclassical Style Étagère with Mirror Shelves
Located in New York, NY
1950s French iron neoclassical style etagere with five mirror shelves, gold ball feet and detail. Light age to mirror. Very good condition for age! Measures: 53" height to top shelf...
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1950s French Vintage Neoclassical Bookcases

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Metal

19th Century English Mahogany Four-Door Bookcase in the Neoclassical Manner
Located in London, GB
A library bookcase in the manner of the Adam Brothers Constructed in a well figured mahogany, with fine carved detailing; of inverted four-door breakfront form, rising from a plin...
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19th Century British Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Mahogany

Zinc Book Shelf
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Unique shelving unit created by a Belgium designer, Francine Villier-Levy. This tall unit in created using a zinc window pediment from a Parisian building and adding a steel frame an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Belgian Neoclassical Bookcases

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Iron, Zinc

18th Century Italian Neoclassical Painted Bookcase
Located in Dallas, TX
18th century Italian neoclassical painted bookcase is a marvel of architecture inspired by the masters of ancient Greece and Rome! The boldly molded crown transitions to dentil trim ...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Glass, Wood

C19th Birch Bookcase with glazed top and Ebonised diamond detailed base.
Located in London, GB
A handsome two part mid C19th century Swedish Birch Bookcase/Cabinet. The top section is glazed with doors that fold back into two parts, the interior has four shelves for books and ...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Birch

Pair of Mid-Century Light Green Painted Mirror-Backed Bookshelves
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Italian Neo-Classic-style Mid-Century bookshelves with light green painted wood exteriors, beige painted shelves, mirrored back panels, and gilt medallion corner details with...
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19th Century Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Wood, Mirror, Giltwood

Early 19th Century Duncan Phyfe Grecian Plain Style Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
By Duncan Phyfe
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An important piece of American furniture, attributed to the shop of Duncan Phyfe, circa 1840. To quote "Duncan Phyfe: Master Cabinetmaker in New York," 2011 (Kenny, Brown). "At i...
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1830s American Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Mahogany

19th Century Mahogany Revolving Open Bookcase
Located in North Miami, FL
19th Century mahogany revolving open bookcase having well figured and inlaid square top over sections with slatted divisions raised on original metal frame and castors. Generally, th...
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19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

Materials

Metal, Gold Plate, Brass

19th Century French Mahogany Display Cabinet
Located in Buchanan, NY
19th century mahogany vitrine with original glass and brass inlays. A brass gallery surrounds an original piece of marble at the top of this case piece.  
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Glass, Mahogany

Neoclassical Style Steel and Brass Étagère Shelf by Jansen
Located in Dallas, TX
Italian Maison Jansen style étagère shelf from the mid-20th century. Steel frames with brass accents. Featuring six-tiers, each tier with glass shelf, the uprights with ram's head te...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Neoclassical Bookcases

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Brass, Steel

Large Parcel Gilt Neoclassical Bookcase from 19th Century Elements
Located in London, GB
A large parcel gilt Neoclassical bookcase, reconstructed using 4 tall, carved wood corinthian style and fluted pilasters (from the 19th century), with gilt highlights to the base flu...
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Mid-19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

Materials

Wood

French 19th Century Walnut Bookcase with Original Glass Door
Located in Buchanan, NY
19th century French, walnut bookcase with original locking glass door. The inside depth of the piece is 12.5 inches and has two shelves. Additional shelves can be reproduced if neede...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Walnut, Oak

Italian Neoclassic Style Cream Painted and Parcel-Gilt Breakfront/ Bookcase
Located in Hollywood, FL
The upper case with columns with parcel-gilt tops and centers painted with neoclassic motifs centered with cabinet doors, over a similarly decorated and conforming base.
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Bookcases

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Wood, Giltwood, Paint

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