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Regency Bookcases

REGENCY STYLE

Like France’s Empire style, Regency-style furniture was rooted in neoclassicism; the characteristics of its bedroom furniture, armchairs, dining room tables and other items include clean lines, angular shapes and elegant details.

Dating roughly from the 1790s to 1830s, antique Regency-style furniture gets its name from Prince George of Wales — formally King George IV — who became Prince Regent in 1811 after his father, George III, was declared unfit to rule. England’s Regency style is one of the styles represented in Georgian furniture.

George IV’s arts patronage significantly influenced the development of the Regency style, such as the architectural projects under John Nash, which included the renovation of Buckingham House into the formidable Buckingham Palace with a grand neoclassical facade. Celebrated designers of the period include Thomas Sheraton, Henry Holland and Thomas Hope. Like Nash, Hope instilled his work with classical influences, such as saber-legged chairs based on the ancient Greek klismos. He is credited with introducing the term “interior decoration” to English with the 1807 publishing of Household Furniture and Interior Decoration.

Although more subdued than previous styles like Rococo and Baroque, Regency interiors incorporated copious use of chintz fabrics and wallpaper adorned in chinoiserie-style art. Its furniture featured fine materials and luxurious embellishments. Furniture maker George Bullock, for instance, regularly used detailed wood marquetry and metal ornaments on his pieces.

Archaeological discoveries in Egypt and Greece informed Regency-era details, such as carved scrollwork, sphinxes and palmettes, as well as the shape of furniture. A Roman marble cinerary chest, for example, would be reinterpreted into a wooden cabinet. The Napoleonic Wars also inspired furniture, with martial designs like tented beds and camp-style chairs becoming popular. While the reddish-brown mahogany was prominent in this range of pieces, imported woods like zebrawood and ebony were increasingly in demand.

Find a collection of antique Regency tables, seating, decorative objects and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Regency
Important Antique Regency circa 1810 Brass & Walnut Revolving Bookcase Table
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this important, fully restored original Regency circa 1810-1820 brass and walnut revolving book table of museum quality This is the finest quali...
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1810s English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Brass

Pair of 19th Century English Regency Style Mahogany Bookcases
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of 19th century English Regency style mahogany bookcases featuring inlaid lower cabinet doors ending on bracket feet.
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19th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Mahogany

Kindel Furniture Mid-Century French Regency Cherry Breakfront Bookcase Cabinet
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous mid-century French Regency style sideboard credenza with glass front lighted display cabinet or bookcase By Kindel Furniture USA, circa 1960s. Carved cherry wood,...
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Mid-20th Century American Regency Bookcases

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Brass

19th Century Regency Style Bookcase Cabinet of Diminutive Scale
Located in San Francisco, CA
19th century Regency style bookcase cabinet of diminutive scale. Mahogany. Only 30.5" wide. The top cabinet with glazed doors with the original period glass and intricate geometric m...
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19th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Brass

Pair of English Regency Bookcases, C. 1820
Located in Doylestown, PA
A stunning pair of early 19th century English Regency bookcases in satinwood and blonde mahogany, the upper cases with lattice-carved cornices over a pair of glazed doors, above the ...
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1810s English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Mahogany, Satinwood

19th Century Regency Period Mahogany Secretaire Bookcase
Located in Petworth,West Sussex, GB
A stunning early 19th century, George III - Regency period solid mahogany secretaire bookcase. Well proportioned mahogany bookcase with astragal glazed 2-door cabinet over a fitted f...
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Early 19th Century British Antique Regency Bookcases

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Brass

Pair of Early 19th Century Mahogany Bookcases Attributed to Gillows of Lancaster
Located in Dublin, IE
A pair of English Regency flame mahogany two door inverted breakfront bookcases attributed to Gillows of Lancaster, the top section with moulded cornice with applied ormolu plaques d...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Mahogany

Mahogany and Brass Tabletop Bookstand, from a Parish-Hadley Design Commission
Located in Morristown, NJ
19th c., England, mahogany brass mounted rotating stand divided into four compartments, topped with a brass finial. A handsome addition to any desk, providing an interesting talking ...
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19th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Brass

19th Century English Regency Style Rosewood Bookcase/Cabinet with Gilt Accents
Located in Atlanta, GA
Regency style rosewood bookcase with gilt and ebonized accents, grillwork cabinet doors above and curtained doors hiding six (6) interior drawers below, 19th century England.
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19th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Rosewood

Mid-Century English Style Carved Fruitwood and Burl Bookcases / Cabinets, Pair
Located in Kennesaw, GA
These wonderful bookccases are carved fruitwood with burled doors. The top portion has serpentine styling, and the paint could be interpreted as a soft yellow or warm ivory. They are...
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Mid-20th Century American Regency Bookcases

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Brass

Antique Regency Library Metamorphic Library Steps Table Oxblood Leather Ladder
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this sublime original Regency circa 1810-1820 fully restored metamorphic library steps table with oxblood leather steps This is an important an...
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1810s English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Leather, Hardwood

English Regency Brass and Mahogany Bookcase (Manner of Gillows)
Located in New York, NY
English Regency (Early 19th Century) mahogany bookcase with reeded columnar angles flanking glazed doors over green silk lined brass grilled doors on lions paw feet. (Manner of Gillo...
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Early 19th Century British Antique Regency Bookcases

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Brass

Pair of English Regency Mahogany Bookcase Cabinet Consoles
Located in Nashville, TN
Handsome and present very well. Both with adjustable or removable shelf. Nice rich mahogany color and patina with inset marbles (both with repairs ). Sotheby's sticker verso. Propert...
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1830s English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Mahogany

Vintage Two Drawer Bevan Funnell Flamed Hardwood Dwarf Open Library Bookcase
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning vintage Bevan Funnell dwarf open library bookcase in flamed mahogany with twin drawers It is a good looking and well made piece, i...
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20th Century English Regency Bookcases

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Hardwood

Regency Style Palm & Pineapple Bookcases / Etageres Att. Gampel-Stoll, Pair
Located in Kennesaw, GA
I have not had these bookcases attributed to Gampel-Stoll before now! They are painted white with glass shelves. They could be illuminated. At their widest, branch to branch, they ar...
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1970s American Vintage Regency Bookcases

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Glass, Wood

Pair of Regency Mahogany Library Bookcases with Rosewood Inlay
Located in London, GB
Pair of Regency mahogany library bookcases, English, circa 1830. A pair of Regency mahogany and rosewood library bookcases. The two glazed doors enclose multiple shelves with panell...
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19th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Wood, Mahogany

English Regency Mahogany Satinwood Inlaid Secretary with Bookcase, Circa 1800
Located in Charleston, SC
English Regency mahogany secretary bookcase with an arched pediment, centered inlaid sun medallion, upper hinged glass bookcase revealing three interior adjustable shelves, fall fron...
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Early 1800s English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Brass

Fine Pair of 19th Century Regency Rosewood Bookcases with Gilt Brass Railings
Located in Dallas, TX
A fine and rare pair of Regency rosewood bookcases with gilt brass railings.
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Early 19th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Bronze

19th Century English Rosewood Breakfront Bookcase with Hidden Drawers
Located in Charleston, SC
Fine 19th century English regency period Rosewood breakfront bookcase. “Plain and neat” but refined with details such as row of horizontal shelves hidden by the bottom rail of the gl...
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19th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Rosewood

Regency Mahogany Dwarf Open Bookcase
Located in Bedfordshire, GB
A very good quality regency mahogany dwarf open bookcase, having extremely well figured top and frieze over two fixed shelves, with four elegant reeded upright supports, terminating ...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Mahogany

Pair of Miniature Waterfall Bookcases
Located in Dublin 8, IE
Pair of miniature mahogany Regency era waterfall bookcases with brass castor feet, brass handles, two graduated shelves & single drawers below.
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Early 19th Century Irish Antique Regency Bookcases

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Brass

Chinese Export Black Lacquer and Gilt Waterfall Open Side Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
The rectangular top without scrolled ends over a frieze decorated with two dragons clutching the flaming pearl of wisdom; over four graduated shelves with bamboo decoration to the fr...
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Early 19th Century Chinese Antique Regency Bookcases

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Lacquer, Wood

Antique English Regency Style Carved Mahogany Narrow Etagere, Circa 1920s
Located in Germantown, MD
A patinated Antique English Regency Style mahogany Narrow Etagere in good condition. Great for displaying arts and other ornamental objects. Measures 53.75" tall, 18" wide and 12"...
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Early 20th Century American Regency Bookcases

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Mahogany

Early 19th Century Flame Mahogany Secretaire Bookcase
Located in Martlesham, GB
Early 19th century flame mahogany secretaire bookcase, the top having a decorative scrolled pediment above a pair of Gothic arched astragal glazed doors opening to reveal three adjus...
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1830s British Antique Regency Bookcases

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Mahogany

Brighton Pavilion Étagère
Located in Westwood, NJ
Inspired by the Regency style from the Brighton Pavilion, the four-tier Neo Classic étagère is rife with broader global influences. Like the molded pagoda cornice or the spiral colum...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Regency Bookcases

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Wood

Ornate 19th Century Hardwood and Brass Revolving Bookcase in the Regency Style
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning 19th century Brass and Mahogany revolving bookcase in the Regency style A very good looking and well made item, revolving bookcase...
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19th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Brass

Early 19th C English Regency Mahogany Library Stand
Located in Charleston, SC
An early 19th century Channel Island library bookcase or étagère features solid mahogany turnings, three shelves, a finished scalloped gallery, and two drawers on four bun feet wit...
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Early 1800s English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Mahogany, Pine

19th Century English Regency Breakfront Bookcase Attributed to Gillows Lancaster
Located in Dublin, IE
A superb Regency flame mahogany four door breakfront bookcase attributed to Gillows of Lancaster, surmounted with pierced lattice work, cresting above four geometric glazed doors, wi...
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19th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Mahogany

19th Century Regency Period Rosewood Shaped Open Bookcase
Located in Petworth,West Sussex, GB
An unusual and very fine early 19th century rosewood waterfall open bookcase. A three quarter gallery superstructure with shelves above a shaped open bookcase with a pair of drawers,...
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19th Century British Antique Regency Bookcases

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Brass

Neo-Gothic Early 19th Century Classical English Regency Bookcase Secretary Desk
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Make sure when you see sale price to take advantage of it, it will not be extended. English Regency inlaid mahogany secretary Upper hinged glass bookcase revealing three interior sh...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Brass

Pair of Regency Style Mahogany Open Bookcase's
Located in Martlesham, GB
A nice pair of mid-20th century Regency style mahogany open bookcases, each bookcase having four adjustable shelves inside, decorated with ebonised moulded pilasters supported on scr...
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1960s English Vintage Regency Bookcases

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Mahogany

Pair of French Regency Painted Bookcases
Located in New York, NY
Pair of French Regence-style cream painted and gilt trimmed bookcase cabinets with 2 glass front doors with gilt pilaster column sides above 2 lower doors with a diamond design. (PRI...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Regency Bookcases

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Gold Leaf

19th Century Barbados Regency Cedrela Bookcase
Located in Charleston, SC
A circa 1820 bookcase from Barbados that reflects the West Indies/British Colonial style made from solid cedrela, featuring five shelves and pointed finials on top. This bookcase is ...
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1820s Bajan Antique Regency Bookcases

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Cedar

Restored Regency circa 1810 Revolving Hardwood Library Bookcase with Faux Books
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer this very fine, highly collectable original Regency circa 1810 revolving library bookcase in mahogany with leather faux books If you are looking at this ...
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1810s English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Leather, Hardwood

Pair of 19th Century Regency Rosewood Open Bookshelves
Located in London, GB
A fine quality pair of early 19th century Regency period rosewood open bookshelves, having gilt brass columned superstructures mounted with pierced galleries and inset beading, above...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Brass

Regency Period Mahogany Bookcase with Gothic Tracery
Located in Peterborough, Northamptonshire
A Regency period mahogany bookcase. The glazed top section with slight Gothic tracery. The base well figured with left and right hand matching panels.
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Early 19th Century Great Britain (UK) Antique Regency Bookcases

Materials

Mahogany

Regency Two Piece Bookcase
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Wonderful 19th Century regency two-piece bookcase. With Egyptian brass heads and feet to columns of the top and bottom pieces with a grill to the doors. With gilt brass to the insid...
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19th Century British Antique Regency Bookcases

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Mahogany

Large Regency Mahogany Bookcase
Located in Martlesham, GB
Early 19th century large Regency mahogany bookcase, the moulded cornice above a pair of glazed doors with brass grilles of intricate form, opening to reveal four adjustable shelves, ...
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1820s English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Mahogany

Regency Flame Mahogany Set of Shelves
Located in London, by appointment only
Nicholas Wells antiques is pleased to present this elegant set of shelves constructed with four planks of fine highly figured flame mahogany with simple moulded fronts and sides, sup...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Mahogany

Regency Period Mahogany Revolving bookcase, circa 1820
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very good quality Regency period mahogany revolving circular free standing bookcase, having three graduating tiers each with dummy books, raised on a tripod reeded base, terminatin...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Mahogany

19th Century English Regency Antique Mahogany Chiffonier Cabinet with Bookshelf
Located in Shippensburg, PA
Regency mahogany brass-mounted chiffonier, England, 19th century Item # 902XFP09P With a diminutive form and tidy lines, this little Regency era chiffonier is the ideal size an...
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19th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Brass

Late 18th C English Mahogany and Pine Secondary Breakfront
Located in Charleston, SC
An institutional 18th century breakfront, this piece consists of eight sections that can be used or stored as desired. It is finished on all sides, so could be at home either against...
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Late 18th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Pine, Mahogany

Regency Style Black & Gold 3 Tier Whatnot Stands Bookcase Shelves Curio, a Pair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Regency style black & gold 3 tier whatnot stands bookcase shelves curio - a pair. Item features black and gold distress painted lacquer finish, hand painted tops with oriental scenes...
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21st Century and Contemporary Regency Bookcases

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Wood, Lacquer

Late Regency Bird’s-Eye Maple Cylindrical Open Bookcase Attributed to Gillows
Located in Lymington, Hampshire
A late Regency bird’s-eye maple cylindrical open bookcase attributed to Gillows, the circular leather-inset top above four sections divided by panelled uprights, each with two adjust...
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1820s English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Birdseye Maple

Regency Rosewood Sideboard or Bookcase
Located in Whaley Bridge, GB
Sn5062 Superb Regency sideboard with outstanding original green marble top above a mahogany lined frieze drawer and open section with height adjustable shelf, flanked by two cabinet ...
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19th Century British Antique Regency Bookcases

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Rosewood

Pair of Regency Period Rosewood Open Bookcases
Located in London, GB
A pair of early 19th Century Regency period figured rosewood Open Bookshelves of unusual small proportions, in the manner of Gillows of Lancaster, having brass galleried mirror backe...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Rosewood

Waterfall Bookcase
Located in Sturminster Marshall, Dorset
A five-tier waterfall bookcase of tapering form with blind fret and open fret decoration, the ends inset with brass retaining rods. Finished in an aged stone paint with light distres...
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21st Century and Contemporary English Regency Bookcases

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Mahogany

Fine English Late Regency Mahogany Secretaire Bookcase by Gillows of Lancaster
Located in San Francisco, CA
A beautifully crafted late Regency mahogany secretaire bookcase in 2 parts, made and signed by Gillows of Lancaster, one of England's finest cabinetmakers for over 200 years. The pie...
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1830s English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Mahogany

19th Century Irish Regency Side Cabinet Bookcase by Williams & Gibton of Dublin
Located in Dublin, IE
A very fine Irish Regency period brass inlaid side cabinet by "Williams & Gibton" of small proportions, with green marble top over a plain frieze and a glazed door, stamped with No. ...
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Early 19th Century Irish Antique Regency Bookcases

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Marble

Regency Mahogany Bookcase
Located in Whaley Bridge, GB
Sn4543 A large Regency bookcase in mahogany, having architectural pediment above string inlaid flamed mahogany frieze and a pair of astragal glazed doors enclosing 8 height adjustabl...
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1820s English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Rosewood

Early 19th Century Regency Breakfront Low Bookcase
Located in Dublin 8, IE
Early 19th century Regency breakfront low bookcase, the shaped statuary marble top raised over four brass grilled and lined doors with brass closing slip opening to reveal shelved in...
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Early 19th Century Irish Antique Regency Bookcases

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Marble

English Regency '19th Century' Faux Bamboo Étagère
Located in New York, NY
English Regency (19th century) narrow pine faux bamboo trimmed étagère / what-not with three open shelves and slat sides having a bottom drawer.  
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19th Century British Antique Regency Bookcases

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Faux Bamboo, Pine

Regency Six Tier Etagere Bookcase
Located in Westwood, NJ
A Regency style six tier etagere bookcase with X frame supports, carved finials and a lower two drawer shelf. Dimensions: 22" W x 10" D x 73.5" H.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Regency Bookcases

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Wood

English Regency Mahogany Library Stand / Étagère, Early 19th Century
Located in Charleston, SC
English four-tier library stand with one-drawer. This Regency étagère is solid mahogany and has turned column supports between the shelves and a Classic Marlborough leg below the dra...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Mahogany

Antique English Regency Mahogany Glazed Bookcase Cabinet
Located in Glasgow, GB
A handsome early 19th century late Georgian / Regency mahogany astragal glazed bookcase on cupboard dating to circa 1810. The moulded cornice above a pair of doors with rectangular g...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Brass

Regency Open Bookcase
Located in Westwood, NJ
A Regency style open bookcase, the leather inlaid top above two frieze drawers with adjustable open shelves below, on turned legs. Dimensions: 47" W x 10.5" D x 36" H.
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Regency Bookcases

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Wood

Fine Quality Open Bookcase, Regency Period, Early 19th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
A fine quality Regency period open bookcase, with three shelves. The supports in form of scrolls, the base decorated with carved sphinxes all raised on a plinth base.
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Early 19th Century English Antique Regency Bookcases

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Wood

Early 19th Century Rosewood and Brass Inlaid Open Bookcase
Located in Martlesham, GB
Early 19th century rosewood and brass inlaid open bookcase, having a nice figured top above the frieze decorated with brass inlay and ormolu beading at the bottom, the bookcase havin...
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1830s British Antique Regency Bookcases

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Rosewood

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