This bookcase is a copy of Voysey's personal one, designed for his wife c1900 for The Orchard. It has the usual Voysey trademarks, simple design, light oak, nice design touches - an elegant design that is practical. Voysey at this time was specifying natural oak finish for most of his furniture, but actually this bookcase was specified to be 'slightly oiled only'. It is quite a spartan piece of furniture, with only the wider lower section & cornice for detailing. Where the bookcase sides are wider near the bottom (for larger books) they have a nice quadrant moulding shape, showing Pugin's ongoing Gothic influence in his work. Voysey left a few designs for bookcases we could look at for you.
The bookcase can be left natural, as Voysey preferred, as the LH sample above. Or, it could be 'slightly oiled' as Voysey specified for this particular bookcase (or lacquered / waxed would give a similar look & colour), as the middle sample above. Or if you have antique furniture in the room & want it to blend in, we can give it a darker finish, as above right. The bookcase is made to order. We don't give out sizes until we have agreed a spec. with a customer. As this is made bespoke we could change the sizes to suit, or make it a double bay wide, etc..
Shown above are a few different finishes you could consider. Voysey was not averse to painted furniture, & left a couple of designs for painted bookcases. The obvious colours to consider are either white or one of a couple of Voysey greens. Or darker finished oak.