Antique Bookcases

During the 18th & 19th centuries a formal education was incredibly expensive and beyond the reach of the vast majority of the populace. Books were similarly expensive, as was the cases to store them. For this reason the antique bookcase, or bibliotheque in France, is not common at all. However, with our buying power, we are able to obtain a wide variety of antique bookcases for your enjoyment and daily use, transforming a room, office or library into a special place that reflects your style and refinement.

We have multiple options to choose from with many on display at our two antique stores that boast over 50,000 square feet of retail space. Our antique bookcases will immediately add that touch of elegance in any space and will complete the overall design of a room in an instant. No matter the style, color or finish you choose, you can trust Inessa Stewart's name for the highest quality antique bookcase. Did you know Inessa hand-selects every single antique item? With 24 years of experience in the business, Inessa is an expert when it comes to antique furniture. Please contact us if you have any questions about our selection.

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Dutch Painted Bookcase

Enchanting antique silhouettes with simple lines and rich patina painted finish infuse your space with the ambiance of an old English library, a George III style painted mahogany bookcase from Heldense, of Holland, still in business today and known for their classic English style furniture. It has been refreshed with a painted finish that is quite current...
$2,495
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Pair Louis Philippe Mahogany Bookcases

Pair Louis Philippe Mahogany Bookcases Each measures 95.5H x 54.5W x 21D.
$11,900
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Pair Painted Bookcases

Pair Painted Bookcases Measures 100H x 58W x 21D Circa 1880.
$12,900
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Pair Country French Regence Bookcases

Perfect for adding symmetry to any room in your home or office, this Pair of Antique Country French Bookcases were carved in the Regence style by talented yet simple rural artisans. Circa 1880s Each measures 89H x 50.5W x 22.5D
$6,950
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Antique Faux Bamboo Bookcase

To meet the demands of the Oriental craze that swept over Europe in the second quarter of the 19th century, furniture makers created objects such as this Antique Faux Bamboo Bookcase from local woods, simulating the bamboo with indigenous maple, pine, and beech.  This example will make a great choice to blend with a decor accented by Oriental design, and...
$2,750
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Antique French Louis XVI Triple Armoire

Benchmade from prized mueche mahogany, this stately Antique French Louis XVI Triple Armoire features classical styling and architecture.  Step-front center section adds visual intrigue from any angle, with tapered and fluted columns on each cornerpost for trim.  Bold Greek wave motifs on the crown and base are accented by the laurel wreath with foliates...
$7,980
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Antique Louis XVI China Buffet / Bookcase

Dating back to 1880, this lovely Neoclassical china buffet / bookcase creates elegant storage and display for kitchen, dining room or any room where you want to showcase a collection. Elegantly carved cabinet top features glazed top with original hand rolled glass, which provides ample space for showcasing plates, books and other collectibles. Below, the...
$1,335   $4,450
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Piemontese secretary / bookcase

Piemontese secretary / bookcase Measures 91H x 40W x 22D; surface 32H Circa 1890
$1,995
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Painted secretary / bookcase

Painted secretary / bookcase Measures 80 H x 32W x 18D; desk surface 30H Circa 1930
$1,980
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Barley twist barrister's bookcase

Barley twist barrister's bookcase Measures 49H x 45W x 12.5D Circa 1880s

19th Century Grand Empire Style Bibliotheque/Secretaire

It was difficult to conceal our excitement when we discovered this museum-quality antique secretary from the Napoleon III Period! Unique in its design, materials and execution, one can only marvel at its many wonders. Crafted exclusively from expensive imported mahogany, it was styled in the manner of the First Empire in honor of Napoleon III's uncle,...
$9,500   $16,800
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Antique French Louis Philippe Bookcase

Hand-crafted from exotic imported mahogany, and fitted with bookmatched flame mahogany on the lower cabinet, this bibliotheque makes the perfect addition to your home office, library, or main office. This piece featues a concealed desk-top complete with an embossed leather top. A full width drawer appears above the cabinets below, which are flanked by...
$3,289   $5,980
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19th Century Henri II Walnut China Buffet / Bookcase

This stunning Antique French Walnut China Buffet / Bookcase is a stately example of the Renaissance Revival style of late 19th century Europe. Elegantly hand-crafted in the style of Henri II by truly talented Paris artisans, and produces a display cabinet for your finest above, a serving surface for utility in the middle, and capacious storage behind...
$6,980
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Antique Louis Philippe Buffet A Deux Corps

The Louis Philippe period ushered in a period of austerity, a fact not lost on the burgeoning furniture industry in France.  This Buffet A Deux Corps which can also double as a bookcase, or bibliotheque, was hand-crafted in the restrained style of the period from indigenous walnut, and features wraparound shelving in the upper tier for display/storage of...
$3,237   $4,980
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Louis XVI rosewood display armoire

Louis XVI rosewood display armoire Measures 94.5H x 41W x 22D Circa 1870s
$2,750
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Grand 18th Century Louis XIV Bookcase

We always consider ourselves fortunate when we come across antiquities from the 18th century, but especially so with this stunning Grand 18th Century Louis XIV Bookcase!  Hand-crafted from dense, old-growth oak, it features incredibly detailed molding especially on the crown, which follows the contours of the mitered corners below.  Hand-rolled glazing on...
$18,500
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Renaissance Bookcase

Renaissance Bookcase Measures 99H x 45W x 22.5D; surface 37.5H Circa 1870.
$4,980
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Renaissance Bookcase

This astounding Antique French Renaissance Bookcase features sculpture on the lower door panels rendered in extraordinary relief depicting the grape and wheat harvests, serving as dual symbols of the Last Supper.  Stately architecture includes bold molding, finely carved columns and cornerposts, and wire mesh on the upper tier allowing you to showcase...
$8,980
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Napoleon III Period Walnut Bookcase

During the Napoleon III Period, the entire country of France went through a revival of the various styles that predated the epoch, and the Henri II or "High Renaissance" style is but one of those.  This superb French Antique Walnut Bookcase is a great example, with three glazed doors above four panel doors below, framed with turned and carved columns, and...
$12,900
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Regence Walnut Bookcase

Sculpted from select French walnut, this impressive French Regence Style Bookcase boasts a boldly arched crown centered with a lavish shell and foliate cartouche, all presiding over the arched, glazed doors below which are finished with beautifully carved lower panels.  The cornerposts are carved as well, leading the eye down to the scrolled feet which...
$7,980
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Antique French Louis XVI Walnut Triple Bookcase

Sculpted in Paris from select blonde solid walnut, this elegant antique French Neoclassical bookcase will add a classical air to any room. The tailored and gracegul design of the upper glazed tier with four bold finials across the multi-tiered crown contrasts with the finely carved bas relief of the three door panels below, under which appears a fluted...
$4,890   $9,980
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Pair Louis XVI Painted Bookcases

Add symmetry to any room with this Handsome Pair of Louis XVI Bookcases, each featuring a patinaed, distressed painted finish that is so in vogue today!  Classical architecture and embellishment combines with arched glazing and paw feet for an unusual yet timeless look. Each measures 75H x 47W x 23D Circa 1880s
$9,850
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Antique Louis XVI Mahogany Display/Vitrine

Crafted from exotic mahogany, this stately antique English vitrine will store and display your finest with aplomb! Subtle carved accents of floral swags and rosettes provide visual appeal, along with the architecture which includes an oval main glass pane. Perfect as a bookcase, as well. Circa 1900. Measures 77.5H x 48W x 13.5D.
$1,245   $4,980
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19th Century French Louis Philippe Bookcase / Commode

Hand-crafted from rich, mahogany, this elegant 19th century French Louis Philippebookcase departs from the norm by the rare addition of four drawers below the upper glazed tier, which also sports a full width drawer! Bookmatched flame mahogany on the façade adds sheer naturalistic beauty, while the tailored molding provides an apt framework above and...
$5,980
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