This exceptional mid-18th century George III breakfront bookcase stands as a magnificent example of Georgian furniture design, blending superb craftsmanship with aesthetic elegance. The central feature of this bookcase is its projected center, adorned with a striking broken pediment topped with a classical vase stand, adding a sculptural quality that enhances its grandeur.

Beneath the pediment, a pair of glazed geometric astragal doors encase the bookcase, offering a view into the well-arranged shelves that are ideal for displaying a collection of books or cherished artifacts. These doors not only protect the contents but also add a refined decorative touch with their precise, symmetrical glazing bars, typical of the period’s attention to geometric harmony.

The lower portion of the center section features beautifully figured crotch mahogany cupboard doors. Upon opening, these doors reveal an impressive configuration of two banks of seven graduated drawers, each crafted from rich mahogany and designed to provide ample storage space while maintaining a seamless aesthetic flow.

Flanking the center, the bookcase’s recessed sides are fitted with additional glazed astragal doors, echoing the design of the center and maintaining the piece’s elegant symmetry. Below these doors, each side houses two banks of four drawers, offering further storage and contributing to the piece’s substantial presence.

Supported throughout by a sturdy and subtly designed base, the entire bookcase is raised slightly off the ground, lending a lightness to its substantial size. This George III breakfront bookcase, with its intricate detailing, functional design, and luxurious materials, is a true testament to the artistic achievements of Georgian cabinetmakers and a standout piece in any collection of fine antique furniture.

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Stock Number: 54606

An exceptional mid 18th century George III breakfront bookcase, the projected centre with broken pediment and vase stand above a pair of glazed geometric astragal bookcase doors opening to shelves, above figured crotch mahogany cupboard doors opening to two banks of 7 graduated mahogany drawers. The recessed sides with glazed astragal doors above two banks of four drawers. A magnificent example of mid 18th century Georgian furniture.

Height 92in
Width 81in
Depth 23in
  • Height: 234 cm (92 inches)
  • Width: 205 cm (81 inches)
  • Depth: 58.5 cm (23 inches)


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Approximate Dimensions

  • Height: 234 cm (92 inches)
  • Width: 205 cm (81 inches)
  • Depth: 58.5 cm (23 inches)


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