An American mahogany bookcase, leaded glass doors, carved of solid mahogany, this triple bookcase has original leaded glass doors, an excellent deep finish, all panes are tight, handles are original on this American made furniture, beautifully carved detailed moldings panes the top with a shallow three quarter gallery, the molded and dentilled frieze above three glass inset doors with lead astragals and enclosing adjustable shelves, on ogee shaped bracket feet.
Region of origin: American
Date: First half 20th century.
Measurements: 54″ Tall x 59″ Wide x 13″ deep
Extra Notes: This handsome and practical bookcase is in nice condition with glass and astragals all compete. Bookcases for domestic use first appeared in the 1660s and were often known as book ‘presses’. In the 18th century, books were increasingly seen as status symbols, reflecting not just the wealth but also the knowledge and interests of the owner of the house. For this reason people liked to have their books on display. Glazed fronted bookcases were an ideal way of protecting valuable collections without making them invisible