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 within our vast inventory of antique furniture, with many on display at our two antique stores that boast over 50,000 square feet of showroom 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 furniture, especially when it comes to antique bookcases! Did you know Inessa hand-selects every single piece of antique furniture, antique accessory, antique painting, and architectural antique? A leader in the business since 1991, Inessa is an expert when it comes to antique furniture. Please contact us if you have any questions about our selection.  Inessa Stewart Antiques Online Wholesale Antique Furniture.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

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19th Century Renaissance Stripped Oak Hunt Bookcase

19th Century Renaissance Stripped Oak Hunt Bookcase represents the essence of the genre!  Hand-sculpted from dense, old-growth quarter-sawn oak to last for centuries, it features a boldly arched crown centered with an heraldic crest above, supported by barley twist columns, one clockwise and the other counter-clockwise, which lead the eye past the large...
$5,805   $12,900
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18th Century French Louis XIV Bookcase ~ Vitrine

Resplendent with artfully sculpted bas relief across its entire facade, this superlative 18th Century French Louis XIV Bookcase ~ Vitrine (Bibliotheque) is sized to sufficiently display almost any prized heirlooms, collection, or even serve as a gun cabinet!  Hand-crafted from solid old-growth quarter-sawn oak, it boasts a reverse contoured crown,...
$6,942   $8,900
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19th Century French Louis XV Collector's Vitrine

19th Century French Louis XV Collector's Vitrine is a most unusual find!  Hand-crafted from walnut, it features a square-based rectangular upper tier that is glazed on all four sides, making it suitable for placement anywhere, even the center of the room!  Set upon lyre-shaped legs and violin-shaped base, it is poised to display anything your heart...
$2,590   $3,700
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19th Century Empire Bookcase ~ Vitrine

19th Century Empire Bookcase ~ Vitrine was hand-crafted from solid indigenous French walnut, and features a spacious display on top and capacious drawers below.  Brass accents on the columns that frame the piece accentuate the design, as do the brass handles and key guards.  Perfect for displaying a collection as well as your personal library! Circa...
$2,900
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19th Century Country French Stripped Louis XVI Vitrine...

19th Century Country French Louis XVI Stripped Vitrine - Cabinet is the ideal choice for a smaller space, providing display and storage yet requiring only about 4 feet of width on the wall!  Timeless neoclassic motifs are hand-carved into the facade for a look that will remain ageless.  Hand-crafted from dense, old-growth oak, the proprietary stripped...
$4,980
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18th Century French Regence Two-Tiered Corner Cabinet

18th Century French Regence Two-Tiered Corner Cabinet is a truly rare find!  Elegantly sculpted from indigenous old-growth French oak, it features a bowed facade accentuated by a chapeau de gendarme crown centered with a bold heraldic crest.  Scrolled glazing above allows one to view the heirlooms displayed therein, while intricately sculpted cabinet...
$7,900
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19th Century Swedish Painted Secretary

19th Century Swedish Painted Secretary is a study in understated elegance, with the distressed, patinaed painted finish that is so in vogue today!  Upper cabinet holds copious amounts of keepsakes and/or books, while the slant front lower section combines more spacious storage underneath a drop front desk surface which, when opened, reveals additional...
$11,000
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19th Century French Napoleon III Period Mahogany...

19th Century French Napoleon III Period Mahogany Bookcase -Vitrine is a marvel of fine artisanry, with elegantly arched crown festooned with hand-carved floral and foliates cascading down to the carved finials on the corner posts.  The slightly step-front lower tier has carved corbel embellishments with rosettes on the door frames.  Glazing appears in the...
$2,560   $3,200
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19th Century French Louis XVI Mahogany Desk & Bookcase...

19th Century French Louis XVI Mahogany Desk & Bookcase SET features hand-carved embellishment combined with cross-matched grain panels, and cast bronze d'ore mounts for an opulent effect.  The spacious desk is finished all around, making it ideal for center placement in the room.  Multiple drawers and pull-out side surfaces make it exceptionally...
$7,840   $9,800
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19th Century Italian Neoclassical Walnut Barrister's...

19th Century Italian Neoclassical Walnut Barrister's Bookcase features hand-sculpted brilliance in a compact package that makes it easy to access the books while still seated at one's desk.  Wire mesh is a nice alternative to glass, and the carved relief inspired by ancient Greek and Roman architecture will make it a timeless choice. Circa 1880s...
$2,250   $3,750
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19th Century Grand French Regence Bookcase ~ Vitrine

19th Century Grand French Regence Bookcase ~ Vitrine is a masterwork of epic proportions!  Soaring to nine feet in height, it was sculpted by master artisans from solid French Walnut, and features pierce-carved detailing of floral and foliate motifs overlaid atop the glasswork on the upper tier.  There is a glass pane in the crown, down the stile, even on...
$9,450   $18,900
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Antique French Louis XVI Shallow Open Bookshelf

Antique French Louis XVI Shallow Open Bookshelf is remarkably designed for a minimal footprint, making it perfect for hallways, stairwell landings, or rooms where a piece that hugs the wall is desirable.  Hand-crafted from solid oak for generations of enjoyment! Circa early 1900s Measures 55.5H x 61W x 11D
$1,950
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Antique Italian Painted Louis XVI Display Case

Antique Italian Painted Louis XVI Display Case is a wonderful neoclassical design that includes beveled sides, three doors and seven glazed panes to allow you to not only show off your prized possessions, but also to create a timeless look in the room.  The painted finish has achieved a lovely patina over the decades.  A splendid example of the subdued...
$1,399   $1,998
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19th Century Gothic Oak 4-Door Bookcase

19th Century Gothic Oak 4-Door Bookcase was meticulously sculpted from solid oak and features easy access via elaborately hand-carved doors to copious storage inside!  Motifs represented include moorish arches, spires, linenfold, fleurs de lys and more. Circa 1880s Measures 78H x 90.5W x 19.5D
$7,840   $9,800
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19th Century French Louis Philippe Period Triple Bookcase

19th Century French Louis Philippe Period Triple Bookcase is a stately reminder of an intriguing period in history, reflecting the purposeful avoidance of the royal excesses of the past.  Tailored architecture is devoid of carved embellishment or bronze mounts, and features a subtly contoured crown overlooking the upper tier which consists of three...

19th Century Grand Hand Carved Whitewashed Oak English...

Antique English Renaissance Revival bookcase is a splendid example of antique furniture crafted during the 19th century on a grand scale.  Hand carved in white oak, this stately open bookcase features an elaborate expression of the revival style, with lion's heads, bountiful fruit garlands, tassels, floral and foliate embellishments.  The subtle...

19th Century Italian Louis XVI Painted Vitrine

19th Century Italian Louis XVI Painted Vitrine was designed to showcase a family's cherished family heirlooms or a collector's prized pieces!  Crafted in the classical style inspired by the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome, this example features subtle carved embellishment and a two-toned painted finish that highlights the work.  Mirrored back and...

19th Century Country French Provincial Stripped...

19th Century Country French Provincial Stripped Bookcase ~ Vitrine is the ideal choice for display and storage in style!  Sculpted from dense, old-growth white oak, it features the classic arched crown centered with a carved rococo-inspired shell motif.  The arched, glazed doors reach up towards the center with intrinsic grace, while the center stile and...

19th Century Country French Vitrine ~ Bookcase

19th Century Country French Vitrine ~ Bookcase is a magnificent expression of the cabinetmaker's art, with extraordinary artistry from the arched crown centered with a carved shell cartouche in the Florentine manner set atop an archer's bow crown, all the way down to the four graceful cabriole legs.  An intriguing glazed bonnet is framed by the casework...

Antique European Store Display Cabinet with Shelves

Antique European Store Display Cabinet with Shelves makes an excellent casework to show off your family memorabilia, sports trophies, prized collection or anything else of heirloom value.  The tailored lines with distressed painted finish provide a wonderful framework for your keepsakes, with open shelving above and sliding glass doors below to create a...

Early 19th Century Dutch Rustic Bookshelf ~ Etagere

Early 19th Century Dutch Rustic Bookshelf ~ Etagere was hand-crafted with what are today considered primitive tools out of solid, old-growth oak which is much harder than the oaks used in furniture, cabinetry and flooring today.  Imagine how much effort and talent it took to scribe the intricate scrolled form of each side panel, then fit four shelves and...

19th Century French Gothic Whitewashed Bookcase

19th Century French Gothic Whitewashed Bookcase features intricately carved trefoil and moorish arch detailing, with spacious cabinets on the lower tier, and a tier of five drawers separating the upper glazed display case from the lower storage.  Hand-crafted from solid old growth oak to last for generations, the upper shelves are supported by adjustable...

19th Century French Louis XIV Marble Top Display Buffet

19th Century French Louis XIV Marble Top Display Buffet features elaborate architectural detail on the cornerposts and central pilasters, with floral and foliate carvings on the door panels.  Carved corbels define the drawer tier, with bold molding and bun feet below.  A luxurious hand-beveled marble top completes the look! As of this writing a matching...

19th Century French Louis XIV Marble Top Display Buffet

19th Century French Louis XIV Marble Top Display Buffet was hand-crafted from dense, old-growth white oak, and features elaborate architectural detail on the cornerposts with a different variation appearing on the central pilasters.  The outer doors boast floral and foliate carvings in a stylized urn pattern, and flank the center door which is fitted with...

Antique French Louis XVI Painted Shallow Bookcase

Antique French Louis XVI Painted Shallow Bookcase features a nice, low profile as well as a shallow depth, making it a good choice for offices where space is at a premium, or perhaps in a passageway or hall!  The painted finish has achieved a nice patina over the decades, and the neoclassical architecture ensures its compatibility with most any decorating...

19th Century French Louis XVI Bookcase ~ Display Cabinet

19th Century French Louis XVI Bookcase ~ Display Cabinet is a marvelous way to add charm and visual interest, while creating a minimal impact on your room's traffic pattern!  Although just shy of seven feet tall, it is only 14.5 inches deep, and features eighteen panes of glass in two doors at the top tier for display, with charming painted interior...

19th Century French Louis XVI Cabinet ~ Buffet

19th Century French Louis XVI Cabinet ~ Buffet is an excellent example of neoclassical architecture, featuring a step-front center section and three cabinet doors positioned under a boldly molded top edge and cornice which features olive sprays and ribbon separated by rosettes, all in fine relief.  The center door captivates one's attention with sculpted...

Antique Italian Country Walnut Piemontese Triple Bookcase

Antique Italian Walnut Piemontese Triple Bookcase features the graceful lines of the restrained Rococo styling typical of the region, all executed in local walnut for a piece that will enthrall your family for generations!  Wire mesh takes the place of glass, and of course the fabric inside is completely optional. Circa early 1900s Measures 78H x 87W x 18D

19th Century French Walnut Gothic Bookcase

This stunning 19th Century French Walnut Gothic Armoire is representative of the craftsmanship during the revival of the style during the middle of the 1800s.  Luxurious French walnut was still in abundance, and used with wanton abandonment to create master works like this example, with intricate geometric, moorish and naturalistic stylings all sculpted...

Bookcase, 19th Century French Renaissance

19th Century French Renaissance Bookcase is a master work of the woodcarver's art!  Bold full relief carvings from the crown to the massive base molding include an heraldic crest, foliates, musical instruments and a cartographer's tools, indicating the interests of the family who commissioned its creation.  The leaded pane display glass on the doors is...

19th Century Italian Tuscan Bookcase

19th Century Italian Tuscan Bookcase features hand-rolled original glass panes (with a lovely subtle light green tint) above for display under the gracefully arched crown centered with a shell carving, to spacious storage below behind two cabinet doors, with shell motifs on the cornerposts and on the scrolled apron.  Meticulously hand-crafted using...

Grand 19th Century English Mahogany Bookcase

Grand 19th Century English Mahogany Bookcase soars eight and a half feet tall and over five and a half feet wide!  The design glorifies the tailored lines and sheer natural beauty of the wood that makes this type of bookcase so popular, as it is able to blend with a wide variety of decors.  Large glazed upper tier with original hand-blown glass allows one...

Bookcase, 19th Century French Henri II Bookcase in...

19th Century French Henri II Bookcase can serve in a multitude of roles!  Hand-crafted from old growth walnut and oak, it features an upper tier with adjustable shelves for display or for placing a large flat panel TV.  A tier at the middle is divided by support columns and framed by the cornerposts, and below one finds three drawers and as many cabinets...

Antique Painted Open Bookshelf ~ Display Shelves

Antique Painted Open Bookshelf ~ Display Shelves was designed for a store in a quaint European village, and is perfect for the casual decor!  Sturdy, no-nonsense construction provides a total of six surfaces, and the shallow design makes it ideal for cozy rooms, tight spaces and even hallways.  Distressed painted finish only adds to the charm!Circa early...

19th Century French Louis Philippe Oak Bookcase

19th Century French Louis Philippe Oak Bookcase reflects the tailored lines that are the hallmark of the style.  Subtle curves in the crown molding and the feet below contrast with the rectilinear lines of the molding and casework of the upper glazed tier and the spacious lower cabinet.  Ideal for blending with most any decor! Circa 1850s Measures 86H x...

19th Century Renaissance Stripped Oak Bookcase

19th Century Renaissance Stripped Oak Bookcase makes a great choice for today's decors, blending Old World charm with modern finishing technique for a sublimely focal piece that your family (or office) will enjoy for decade after decade! Bold carvings of books adorn the base and bonnet. Fluted turned pilasters complete the stately architectural look.Circa...

Pair Mirror Image 19th Century Country French...

Pair Mirror Image 19th Century Country French Bonnetieres/Vitrines from Normandie feature classic wildflower and foliate motifs in bas relief across the facade.  The intricately framed lower door panel is a wonder to behold, and is surrounded by the carved, scrolled apron below and the glazed upper portion above.  Bold crown molding and carvings complete...

PAIR 19th Century Flemish Renaissance Stripped Oak...

PAIR 19th Century Flemish Renaissance Stripped Oak Bookcases are a wonderfully rare find!  Exceptional artistry abounds from the bold crown moldings to the baseboards, with the touch of the sculptor's art in plain display for all to appreciate.  Three lions' heads with brass rings appear atop the gloriously carved pilasters depicting the bounty of the...

19th Century Country French Vitrine from Normandie

19th Century Country French Vitrine from Normandie is an exceptional example of the genre!  Lovingly hand-crafted from old growth oak, it features the timeless chapeau de gendarme cornice atop a crown centered with a basket of flowers in glorious full relief.  The basket is flanked by carvings of dogwood branches in bloom, a motif repeated on the top of...

19th Century French Gothic Carved Oak Bookcase

19th Century French Gothic Bookcase was meticulously hand-carved from solid oak in the timeless style that has enraptured Europe and the world since the middle of the 12th Century!  Intricate geometric designs combine with spiral fluted half-columns and stylized urns and foliates to create a splendid backdrop for your cherished collection housed within....

Antique French Neoclassical Open Bookcase in Pine

Antique French Neoclassical Open Bookcase in Pine is perfect for storing books and family memorabilia without creating a large footprint on the floor!  Only 13" deep, it can even work in entryways, hallways, or other high-traffic areas of the home or office.  Tailored crown molding and base with turned feet provide the framework for the five shelves and...

19th Century French Louis XV Etagere Console

19th Century French Louis XV Etagere Console is an unusual find, perfect for entryways, hallways, landings, or anywhere a shallow piece with three surfaces is desired!  Hand-crafted from fine French walnut, it features a two drawer top tier which overlooks the middle and lower shelf, enhanced with gold painted trim.  Support is provided by intricately and...

Antique Country French Bookcase ~ Bibliotheque

Antique Country French Bookcase ~ Bibliotheque is a splendid example of the cabinetmaker's art!  Three full length cabinet doors with 2/3 of the top glazed to allow showcasing the interior combine to create the perfect piece to display and store your collection, memorabilia, or even books!  Hand-carved detailing appears on the stately crown above, the...

Vitrine ~ Curio Cabinet, Antique French Directoire in...

Antique French Directoire Mahogany Vitrine features glazing on all three sides to allow ambient light to illuminate your prized collection or family heirlooms!  Classical styling is enhanced by the sheer natural beauty of the exotic imported mahogany, with brass trim and a beveled Carrara marble top to add elegance.  Even the lower concealed shelf, which...

Antique Neoclassical Open Bookshelf

Antique Neoclassical Open Bookshelf is the perfect choice for creating a timeless focal point in any room!  Subtle fletching design has been hand-carved into each cornerpost and down the center stile, each centered with a rosette.  The crown emphasizes exceptional molded detail with pyramidal plinth blocks and raised panels, complementing the recessed...

19th Century French Louis XVI Painted Corner Cabinet

19th Century French Louis XVI Painted Corner Cabinet is ideal for dressing up the corner of the room and utilizing otherwise dead space to your advantage!  Painstakingly hand-crafted and hand-carved from solid oak, it features neoclassical motives on the cabinet doors below, and four open surfaces above so you can display anything your heart desires! ...

PAIR Antique French Louis XV Bookcases ~ Bibliotheques

PAIR Antique French Louis XV Bookcases ~ Bibliotheques is a rare find, indeed!  Hand-crafted from solid oak to last for generations, each has been masterfully sculpted with a stylized shell in a wreath pattern atop the gracefully arched crown, with the wreath flanked by floral and foliate carvings cascading towards the shoulders on each side.  Below the...

Bookcase, 19th Century French Henry II in Walnut

19th Century French Henry II Walnut Bookcase is a majestic example of late Napoleon III period quality and craftsmanship!  Subtle yet meticulous hand-carved embellishments abound from the spindle railed crown above with four turned finials to the foliates atop the hand-rolled glass doors below.  Each door is framed by a tapered, fluted and spiral fluted...

18th Century Country French Provencial Buffet Deux...

18th Century Country French Provencial Buffet Deux Corps ~ Bookcase was crafted by the master artisans of Normandie, and features their trademark celebration of the lush floral and foliates that abound in nature there, expressed by talented sculptors in glorious full relief centered on the crown, on each upper glazed door above and below the glass, and on...

Grand 19th Century Renaissance Open Bookcase

Grand 19th Century Renaissance Open Bookcase will make a stunning statement in any room, with abundant adjustable shelves and a center partition for organizational purposes, as well as strength and sturdiness.  The bold base molding is overshadowed by the exquisitely carved crown which presides over the piece in a regal fashion, with lions' heads in full...

19th Century French Whitewashed Directoire Bookcase...

19th Century French Whitewashed Directoire Bookcase with Wire Grille is a testament to the classical revival that was in full swing in France between the Revolution and the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte.  Featuring design elements influenced by ancient Greek and Egyptian architecture, the style exudes a tailored framework and timeless stature that has not...

19th Century Louis XVI French Ebonized Bookcase

19th Century Louis XVI French Ebonized Bookcase was exquisitely hand-sculpted from solid walnut then given an ebonizing treatment for a hard, elegant and lasting finish!  The ebonizing process impregnates the pores of the wood with a black-carbon formulation that is not like any modern stain.  Once performed, it cannot be removed.  Prior to that...

19th Century French Louis Philippe Bookcase ~ Vitrine...

The tailored architecture of furniture during the Louis Philippe Period has been aptly expressed in this 19th Century French Louis Philippe Bookcase ~ Vitrine fashioned completely by hand from indigenous French walnut, with glazed upper portion for display and two drawers below for storage, the facades of which have been lavished with exquisite bookended...

Pair Antique Neoclassical Open Bookshelves

Pair Antique Neoclassical Open Bookshelves are the perfect choice for creating timeless symmetry in any room!  Subtle fletching design has been hand-carved into each cornerpost, centered with a rosette.  The crown emphasizes exceptional molded detail with pyramidal plinth blocks and raised panels, complementing the recessed panels that appear on each of...

19th Century Country French Triple Bookcase

19th Century Country French Triple Bookcase was exquisitely hand-crafted from dense, old-growth indigenous oak, and features a boldly molded step-front crown, with three doors below designed with scrolled panels below for discreet storage, and paned glazing above to show off your books or collection.  Doors are mounted on external barrel hinges to open...

18th Century Country French Stripped Open Bookcase

18th Century Country French Stripped Open Bookcase features a tailored provincial design with bold crown molding, and clean, uncomplicated bordering on the crown, with a subtly scrolled apron below supported by scrolled legs.  The spacious interior has been painted for a more rustic effect, with four surfaces and plenty of depth for your books,...

Pair Antique Neoclassical Open Bookshelves

Pair Antique Neoclassical Open Bookshelves are the perfect choice for creating timeless symmetry in any room!  Subtle fletching design has been hand-carved into each cornerpost and down the center stiles, centered with a rosette.  The crown emphasizes exceptional molded detail with pyramidal plinth blocks and raised panels, complementing the recessed...

Louis XVI Painted Display Armoire ~ Bookcase, ca. 1890s

Louis XVI Painted Display Armoire ~ Bookcase, ca. 1890s is a superb example of classical style!  Hand-carved with a variety of motifs inspired by ancient Greece and Rome, it features ribbon, spiral ribbon, and laurel bordering, with lower door panels graced by relief carvings of floral, foliate and ribbon set upon cane backgrounds.  Generously glazed...

Antique Library Ladder Chair

Antique Library Ladder Chair was ingeniously hand-crafted from solid oak and fitted with brass hinges in a design that appears to be a normal chair, but hinges back to become a short step ladder ideal for libraries, home offices, or anywhere a little help reaching high shelves is needed!Circa mid-1900sMeasures 36H x 15W x 16D; seat 18H

Curio Cabinet ~ Vitrine, Antique English Chinoiserie...

Antique English Chinoiserie Curio Cabinet ~ Vitrine combines the japanned finish which is a polished jet black, upon which hand-painted Oriental motifs have been painted in exquisite detail on each side and across the front, especially at the center between the glazed display panels which wrap around to allow maximum exposure to ambient light. Circa...

Neoclassical Open Bookshelf with Natural Ceruse Finish

Neoclassical Open Bookshelf with Natural Ceruse Finish is perfect for the tailored decor, and displays your books or collection in style! Only ONE LEFT in Baton Rouge!! Reproduction. Measures 94H x 60W x 16D

19th Century French Renaissance Wall Shelf

19th Century French Renaissance Wall Shelf is more sculpture than wall decoration, and provides three tiers of shelves for display in the bargain!  Hand-carved from old-growth oak, it features a patinaed natural finish which accentuates the scrolled arm supports, glorious crown adornment, and intriguing back panels centered with large acanthus rosettes....

19th Century French Renaissance Revival Walnut...

NOW 50 % OFF!  Fashioned from fine French Walnut to last for generations, this stately 19th Century French Renaissance Bookcase is the perfect choice for home or office. Three-quarters of the doors are glazed with original rolled glass, with tailored pyramidal panels on the lower quarter to conceal items for storage. Turned columns and bold molding in...