Although there seemed to be a wealth of choice to furniture buyers during the latter part of the 18th century, much of that produced was of a basic form, carcase, or ‘case’ as it is generally referred to.
During the George III period much attractive case furniture was made which consisted mainly of various types of bookcases and cabinets. The primary construction of these pieces was often a basic chest of drawers and the case or cabinet fitted with wooden or glass doors or shelving on top.
The bureau bookcase was basically a writing slope placed on a chest of drawers and the cabinet with glazed doors placed on top. The china cabinet also had the chest of drawers but this time with a set of open shelves placed above. The corner cabinet was triangular in shape but this time there were two cupboards placed on top of one another, the bottom with wooden doors and the top having glazed doors. The gentlemen’s wardrobe returned again to the chest of drawers below with panelled wooden doors to the large cupboard that was placed on top. Finally, the breakfront bookcase was a combination of wooden cupboards either side of a chest of drawers below, with glazed panelled doors above. It was the basic combination of these different forms of case furniture that produced a good selection of fine drawing room pieces at this time.
If you are interested in 18th century case furniture then reputable antique dealers will be able to source pieces like the breakfront antique bookcase. Preston and the surrounding areas can offer a great choice.
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