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Impressive French Oak Table with Large Turned Legs and Bluestone Top, C. 1850
Located in Dallas, TX
Hand-carved in France, this impressive oak table was produced in circa 1850. The fantastic table has large turned legs with a stretcher and is topped with a 1 ½ inch thick Belgian bl...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Louis XIII Desks and Writing Tables

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Stone

Spanish Colonial Writing Table/Console, circa 18th-19th Century
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is a superb example of a late 18th century or early 19th century Spanish Colonial, most probably Mexican, three-drawer writing desk. The mesquite (perhaps sabino) wood structure...
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Antique 1790s Mexican Spanish Colonial Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

19th Century French Restauration Table
Located in Belmont, MA
Exquisite kidney shaped table, cherrywood, mahogany and elmwood veneer, the top with lozenge-shaped marquetry and an oval shaped flower medallion. The table is raised by two pierced ...
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Antique 1820s French Restauration Desks and Writing Tables

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Cherry, Mahogany

  • 19th Century French Restauration Table
  • 19th Century French Restauration Table
  • 19th Century French Restauration Table
  • 19th Century French Restauration Table
H 29.13 in. W 34.25 in. D 18.89 in.
19th Century Italian Poplar Table Letter Holder or Magazine Holder
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Particular letter or magazine holder in antique poplar wood in the upper and lower letterbox compartment with many compartments. On the front a comfortable drawer. The antique table...
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Antique 1890s Italian Desks and Writing Tables

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Poplar

19th Century Writing Desk in the Louis Philippe Style
Located in Opole, PL
We present you delicate in form, highly ornamental 19th century writing desk in the Louis XV style, which has numerous small drawers and a sliding top. This piece of furniture is ...
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Antique 1860s French Louis Philippe Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

English 19th Century Writing Desk
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
We love the design of this simple yet sophisticated mahogany desk! There is no storage in this desk which is perfect for today’s office which usually consists of just a laptop. The t...
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Antique 19th Century English Other Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

  • English 19th Century Writing Desk
  • English 19th Century Writing Desk
  • English 19th Century Writing Desk
  • English 19th Century Writing Desk
H 28.63 in. W 47.88 in. D 23.5 in.
19th Century Writing Desk
Located in London, GB
French, Napoleon III period, writing desk. Handmade in ebonized wood and cased with brass, ormolu.The top is covered with bevelled glass.
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Antique 19th Century French Napoleon III Desks

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Bronze

  • 19th Century Writing Desk
  • 19th Century Writing Desk
  • 19th Century Writing Desk
  • 19th Century Writing Desk
H 30.32 in. W 67.72 in. D 37.01 in.
19th Century Bamboo & Leather Lift Top Writing Desk
Located in San Francisco, CA
19th century bamboo & leather lift top writing desk Outstanding antique bamboo writing desk with a lift top, leather surface, various shelves and a mirror. This 19th century wr...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Chinese Export Desks and Writing Tables

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Bamboo

19th Century Oakwood Writing Desk Baroque Revival, Austria, circa 1880
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Amazing late 19th century oakwood writing desk Baroque Revival, Austria, circa 1880. This also so-called “Pfeiferl” Baroque writing desk was constructed from spruce wood and veneered...
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Antique Late 19th Century Austrian Baroque Revival Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Walnut, Spruce

19th Century Swedish Travelling Writing Desk Originalpaint
Located in Boden, SE
19th century writing desk from Lulea Norrbotten, North of Sweden. Untouched original painting with beautiful floralpainting & initials. Dated 1817. This is a weddingift. No lock o...
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Antique 1810s Swedish Folk Art Painted Furniture

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Pine

Vintage Writing Desk, 19th Century
Located in Tochovice, CZ
Austrian vintage wriring desk from the 19th century. Solid pine construction with one drawer. Original cracked paint has been covered with oil refinish. Great patina.
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Antique 19th Century Austrian Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

  • Vintage Writing Desk, 19th Century
  • Vintage Writing Desk, 19th Century
  • Vintage Writing Desk, 19th Century
  • Vintage Writing Desk, 19th Century
H 30.91 in. W 61.42 in. D 26.97 in.
19th Century Bamboo Writing Desk / Table
Located in Atlanta, GA
19th century bamboo writing desk / table, Apron dimensions: 23.25"tall.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Desks and Writing Tables

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Bamboo, Wood

  • 19th Century Bamboo Writing Desk / Table
  • 19th Century Bamboo Writing Desk / Table
  • 19th Century Bamboo Writing Desk / Table
  • 19th Century Bamboo Writing Desk / Table
H 32 in. W 34.75 in. D 18.75 in.
19th Century English Oval Writing Desk
Located in Hudson, NY
A beautiful mid-19th century English oval writing desk, with nicely carved ball and claw feet, a leather top with subtle greek key pattern around the edge, and a lovely gallery rail ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century British Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

  • 19th Century English Oval Writing Desk
  • 19th Century English Oval Writing Desk
  • 19th Century English Oval Writing Desk
  • 19th Century English Oval Writing Desk
H 29 in. W 57 in. D 37 in.
19th Century French Oak Writing Desk
Located in High Point, NC
19th century oak writing desk from France with a hand carved and beveled edge around the top over a molded and hand carved decorated apron on all four sides for easy placement in any...
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Antique 19th Century French Napoleon III Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

  • 19th Century French Oak Writing Desk
  • 19th Century French Oak Writing Desk
  • 19th Century French Oak Writing Desk
  • 19th Century French Oak Writing Desk
H 30.25 in. W 45.68 in. D 27.75 in.
19th Century Antique Architects Metamorphic Writing Desk
Located in STOKE ON TRENT, GB
Architects table Erly 19th century architects writing mahogany desk, the top with central leather inset panel rising on ratchet support, and two hinged end panels. When you lif...
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Antique 19th Century European Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Antique 19th Century Irish Writing Clerks Desk
Located in STOKE ON TRENT, GB
"Antique writing desk 19th cent mahogany writing or clerks desk, with a slant lift lid. There is a drawer to the righthand side and pigeon holes under the slanted lid. Or...
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Antique 19th Century British Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

  • Antique 19th Century Irish Writing Clerks Desk
  • Antique 19th Century Irish Writing Clerks Desk
  • Antique 19th Century Irish Writing Clerks Desk
  • Antique 19th Century Irish Writing Clerks Desk
H 33.86 in. W 32.68 in. D 23.63 in.
19th Century French Empire Period Writing Desk
Located in Atlanta, GA
A stunning early 19th century French Empire period writing table - desk. Beautifully constructed from handsome walnut with a leather insert, a single drawer and 2 pullouts. The lengt...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

  • 19th Century French Empire Period Writing Desk
  • 19th Century French Empire Period Writing Desk
  • 19th Century French Empire Period Writing Desk
  • 19th Century French Empire Period Writing Desk
H 29.75 in. W 34.25 in. D 23.88 in.
Early 19th Century Biedermeier Writing Desk, 1830s
Located in Prague 8, CZ
This Biedermeier writing desk was made in Austria-Hungary, circa 1830. It is made of walnut wood. The table is characterized by traditional elements of this style. Brass decorative e...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

  • Early 19th Century Biedermeier Writing Desk, 1830s
  • Early 19th Century Biedermeier Writing Desk, 1830s
  • Early 19th Century Biedermeier Writing Desk, 1830s
  • Early 19th Century Biedermeier Writing Desk, 1830s
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H 42.92 in. W 62.6 in. D 32.68 in.
19th Century Portuguese Carved Walnut Writing Desk
Located in Dallas, TX
Marvelous 19th century Portuguese carved walnut and oak two-drawer writing desk. Having handsome turned legs and supports, brass mounts, and excellent finish and patina.
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Antique 19th Century Portuguese Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Walnut

French 19th Century Mahogany Travel Writing Desk
Located in London, GB
French 19th century mahogany travel writing desk French, 19th century Measures: Height 94cm, width 53cm, depth 18cm This fine and delicate desk exhibits a striking level of craf...
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Antique 19th Century French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

  • French 19th Century Mahogany Travel Writing Desk
  • French 19th Century Mahogany Travel Writing Desk
  • French 19th Century Mahogany Travel Writing Desk
  • French 19th Century Mahogany Travel Writing Desk
H 37.01 in. W 20.87 in. D 7.09 in.
19th Century Swedish Blue Pine Writing Desk
Located in Kramfors, SE
Pine writing desk from Sweden with blue paint. The table is in untouched original condition with the original blue toned paint. Dated 1850 and monogrammed in black. The desk has an i...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Swedish Country Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

  • 19th Century Swedish Blue Pine Writing Desk
  • 19th Century Swedish Blue Pine Writing Desk
  • 19th Century Swedish Blue Pine Writing Desk
  • 19th Century Swedish Blue Pine Writing Desk
H 38.59 in. W 50.4 in. D 30.32 in.
19th Century Salon Empire Writing Desk, 1890
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid wood, mahogany veneer. Rectangular cover plate over an inconspicuous frame. The base is arched. Fine chiselled bronze applications, gilded. Removable worktop / writing table un...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Empire Revival Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

  • 19th Century Salon Empire Writing Desk, 1890
  • 19th Century Salon Empire Writing Desk, 1890
  • 19th Century Salon Empire Writing Desk, 1890
  • 19th Century Salon Empire Writing Desk, 1890
H 50.01 in. W 44.49 in. D 24.41 in.
19th Century Italian Writing Table or Desk
Located in New Orleans, LA
A 19th century Italian writing table, the top folds back and the front drops to reveal drawers and a writing surface. The table is mounted on carved, cartouche shaped legs with a cur...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Writing Desk and Games Table, 19th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Writing desk and games table 19th century with leather top removable top covering a checker board. Two drawers.    
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Leather

  • Writing Desk and Games Table, 19th Century
  • Writing Desk and Games Table, 19th Century
  • Writing Desk and Games Table, 19th Century
  • Writing Desk and Games Table, 19th Century
H 27.96 in. W 30.32 in. D 18.12 in.
19th Century Salon Empire Writing Desk, 1890
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid wood, mahogany veneer. Rectangular cover plate over an inconspicuous frame. The base is arched. Fine chiselled bronze applications, gilded. Removable worktop / writing table un...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Empire Revival Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

  • 19th Century Salon Empire Writing Desk, 1890
  • 19th Century Salon Empire Writing Desk, 1890
  • 19th Century Salon Empire Writing Desk, 1890
  • 19th Century Salon Empire Writing Desk, 1890
H 50.01 in. W 44.49 in. D 24.41 in.
Imposing French 19th Century Mahogany Pedestal Writing Desk
Located in Rome, IT
A fine French 19th century mahogany pedestal desk mounts with gilded bronze. Both sides of the desk have small brass knobs that allow wings to be pulled out to extend the writing sur...
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Antique 19th Century Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Writing Desk Neoclassical Maple Walnut Italy 19th Century
Located in Milano, IT
Writing desk veneered and inlaid in Brazilian rosewood, walnut, maple, green stained maple, and other woods. Finished on four sides, it has two drawers in one of the long under the t...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Maple, Rosewood, Walnut

Imposing French 19th Century Mahogany Pedestal Writing Desk
Located in Rome, IT
A fine French 19th century mahogany pedestal desk mounts with gilded bronze. Both sides of the desk have small brass knobs that allow wings to be pulled out to extend the writing sur...
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Antique 19th Century Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Early 19th Century Regency Mahogany Partner's Writing Desk
Located in Essex, MA
Early Regency or Late George III mahogany partner's writing desk Circa 1800, oak secondary, rectangular form, top with inset green leather and rounded edge, the case with two cock...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

19th Century French Provincial Fruitwood Writing Table Desk
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Diminutive size 19th century French provincial writing table or desk. The table is constructed from fruitwood with a warm patina and lovely wood grain patterns. Fronted by a single s...
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Antique 19th Century French French Provincial Desks and Writing Tables

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Fruitwood

19th Century Louis Philippe Writing Desk in Walnut
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Elegant antique writing desk made from walnut wood and with a faux leather. Very practical because of the many storage spaces and the deep drawers. Beautiful veined wood. Co...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Louis Philippe Desks and Writing Tables

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Faux Leather, Walnut

  • 19th Century Louis Philippe Writing Desk in Walnut
  • 19th Century Louis Philippe Writing Desk in Walnut
  • 19th Century Louis Philippe Writing Desk in Walnut
  • 19th Century Louis Philippe Writing Desk in Walnut
H 30.71 in. W 50.01 in. D 26.78 in.
19th Century Louis Philippe Walnut Burl Writing Desk
Located in Germantown, MD
19th century Louis Philippe writing desk in walnut - antique writing desk - antique desk - antique table - french antiques. This elegant antique writing desk made from walnut wood, w...
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Antique Late 19th Century American Late Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Mahogany

19th Century Country French Fruitwood Writing Table Desk
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Rustic 19th century country French writing table or desk constructed from fruitwood. Beautifully made with wood peg joinery and a polished finish on the warm toned wood. The plank to...
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Antique 19th Century French Rustic Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

19th Century Chippendale Burl Walnut Partner's Writing Desk
By Thomas Chippendale
Located in Hixson, TN
19th century Chippendale burl walnut partners writing desk This desk has functional drawers on both sides, a true partner's desk. This desk is made of walnut and has oak-lined drawe...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Chippendale Desks and Writing Tables

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Burl, Walnut

19th Century Monumental Portuguese Writing Table or Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early 19th century monumental Portuguese solid rosewood writing table or desk with four dovetail constructed working drawers. The finely carved writing table or desk has bun feet wit...
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Antique Early 19th Century Portuguese Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

19th Century French Renaissance Desk, Writing Table
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century French Renaissance desk ~ Writing table will make a wonderful addition to any masculine decor! Hand-crafted from solid oak, it features a gadrooned top edge overlooking ...
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Antique 1880s French Renaissance Revival Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

19th Century Italian Hand Painted Writing Desk
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful Italian painted desk with original leather top and bronze hardware. Nicely aged patina that shows normal signs of age and use. Hard to find large scale with plenty of leg r...
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Antique 1850s European Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

19th Century Satinwood Writing Desk Attributed to Holland & Sons
By Holland & Sons
Located in London, GB
A Stately Satinwood writing desk Attributed to Holland & Sons Constructed from finely figured satinwood dressed with ormolu mounts, rising from brass castors, the fluted legs hav...
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Antique 19th Century English Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu, Bronze, Brass

19th Century English Regency Mahogany Leather Top Writing Desk
Located in Charleston, SC
19th century English regency mahogany leather top writing desk. 3 drawers with three matched faux drawers and great olive green tooled leather top.
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Antique 19th Century English Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Mahogany

19th Century French Louis XV Writing Desk by P Sormani
By Paul Sormani
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century French writing desk by Paul Sormani. Kingwood with parquetry inlay and a leather top. Three drawers and fine gilt bronze mounts.
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Kingwood

19th Century French Henri II Walnut Partner's Writing Desk
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century French Henri II walnut partner's writing desk is a truly unusual find! Carved on both facades, it features a pair of drawers on both facades as well! Shell carvings cent...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Renaissance Revival Desks and Writing T...

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Walnut

English Regency Burr Elm 19th Century Davenport Writing Desk
Located in Bedfordshire, GB
A very rare and fantastic quality regency period burr elm early 19th century davenport having lift up swivel top retaining original ormolu gallery with pierced handle and leather ...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Elm

Antique 19th Century Mahogany Bow Front Writing Desk Dressing Table
Located in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
Antique fine quality 19th century mahogany bow front writing desk dressing table. Solid and no loose joints. Full of age, character and charm. The drawer slides freely. A rare and...
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Antique 19th Century Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

19th c Russian mahogany and brass writing desk
Located in Dallas, TX
19th c Russian leather topped writing desk with hand hammered brass details
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Antique 19th Century Russian Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Early 19th Century Regency Hand Painted Rosewood Ladies Writing Desk
Located in Dublin, IE
A stunning early 19th Century Regency rosewood ladies writing desk. The entire finely hand painted with Neoclassical motifs of scrolling foliate, swags and flower heads through out, ...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Magnificent English 19th Century Faux Painted Marbleized Pedestal Writing Desk
Located in Hopewell, NJ
British desk with faux painted original surface and hand painted marbleized green banding. The rectangular top, protected by removable glass, is a writing surface above three frieze ...
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Antique 19th Century English Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

19th Century Italian Renaissance Revival Writing Desk Made of Walnut
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
A 19th century Italian writing desk in renaissance revival style made of solid walnut. The table can be used as a writing desk or as a dining table. Both sides look the same. ...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Renaissance Revival Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

19th Century Unique Restored German Biedermeier Walnut Writing Desk, 1830s
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Biedermeier writing desk Completely restored. Shellac polish. Material: Walnut veneer, lacquer Source: Germany Period: 1830-1839.
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Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Walnut, Lacquer

Russian Brass Mounted Mahogany Writing Table or Desk, 19th Century
Located in Savannah, GA
Russian Brass Mounted Mahogany Writing Table or Desk; having a rectangular felt inset top over a fall-front secretary drawer, raised on square tapering legs joined by an X-form stret...
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Antique 19th Century Russian Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Antique 19th Century Mahogany Desk Writing Dressing Table Twin Pedestal
Located in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
Antique quality Victorian mahogany desk, writing or dressing table with twin pedestals. This is a lovely piece, that is full of age, charm and character. Stands on ceramic castors...
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Antique 19th Century Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

19th Century Mahogany Writing Table
Located in Whaley Bridge, GB
Sn5175 fine quality French mahogany desk, having black tooled leather writing surface with two additional sliders to sides, brass decoration to the top edge and three oak lined and s...
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Antique 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

  • 19th Century Mahogany Writing Table
  • 19th Century Mahogany Writing Table
  • 19th Century Mahogany Writing Table
  • 19th Century Mahogany Writing Table
H 30.315 in. W 51.575 in. D 31.496 in.
Early 19th Century French Empire Mahogany Cylinder Bureau Writing Desk
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
French Empire cylinder bureau or writing desk from the early 19th century. Mahogany solid and veneered on oak. Half-height corpus with granite top standing on ebonized block feet. ...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Empire Desks and Writing Tables

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Granite, Brass

19th Century French Bureau de Dame Writing Desk
Located in Whaley Bridge, GB
Sn4737, a superb French bureau du Jour in amboyna, having brass gallery to top, 2 mahogany lined drawers and a shaped fall which opens to reveal black leather writing surface and sma...
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Antique 1880s French Desks and Writing Tables

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Amboyna

  • 19th Century French Bureau de Dame Writing Desk
  • 19th Century French Bureau de Dame Writing Desk
  • 19th Century French Bureau de Dame Writing Desk
  • 19th Century French Bureau de Dame Writing Desk
H 42.5 in. W 35.5 in. D 34.5 in.
19th Century French Writing Table
Located in High Point, NC
19th century French oak writing table with a banded edge around the top, surrounded by a hand carved decorated beveled edge. This follows down to a simple apron, containing a single ...
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Antique 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

  • 19th Century French Writing Table
  • 19th Century French Writing Table
  • 19th Century French Writing Table
  • 19th Century French Writing Table
H 28.75 in. W 39 in. D 20 in.
19th Century French Walnut Henri II Writing Table or Desk
Located in Labrit, Landes
Desk two drawers or writing table, 19th century, France Henry II style, walnut Very good condition For shipping: 120/69/45 cm 45 kg Delivered disassembled.  
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Antique Late 19th Century French Renaissance Revival Desks and Writing T...

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Walnut

French 19th Century Writing Table
Located in Atlanta, GA
French 19th century writing table flamed walnut.
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Louis XIII Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

  • French 19th Century Writing Table
  • French 19th Century Writing Table
  • French 19th Century Writing Table
  • French 19th Century Writing Table
H 30.25 in. W 40.75 in. D 25.25 in.
Writing Table, Mahogany, 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Rectangular board table decorated with a strip of vegetal motifs on the outer edge, waist enhanced with carved bands with oval and vegetable motifs of classicist influence and legs d...
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Antique 19th Century European Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

  • Writing Table, Mahogany, 19th Century
  • Writing Table, Mahogany, 19th Century
  • Writing Table, Mahogany, 19th Century
  • Writing Table, Mahogany, 19th Century
H 29.93 in. W 37.01 in. D 27.56 in.
French 19th Century Writing Table
Located in Atlanta, GA
French 19th Century writing table.
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XIII Desks and Writing Tables

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Cherry, Walnut

  • French 19th Century Writing Table
  • French 19th Century Writing Table
  • French 19th Century Writing Table
  • French 19th Century Writing Table
H 31 in. W 38 in. D 24 in.
French 19th Century Writing Table
Located in Atlanta, GA
French 19th Century writing table.
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Antique Late 19th Century French Napoleon III Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

  • French 19th Century Writing Table
  • French 19th Century Writing Table
  • French 19th Century Writing Table
  • French 19th Century Writing Table
H 29.5 in. W 39.5 in. D 23.75 in.
19th Century Antique French Mahogany Wooden Childrens Lift Top Writing Desk
Located in Baambrugge, NL
19th century antique French mahogany wooden, low by the ground, childrens writing desk. This lift top desk has a little drawer and secret compartments. Lovely in a children's room, b...
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Antique 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

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19th Century Writing Desks For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of 19th century writing desks available for sale. Each of these unique 19th century writing desks was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, mahogany and metal. 19th century writing desks have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century. 19th century writing desks made by Victorian designers — as well as those associated with Louis XV — are very popular at 1stDibs. 19th century writing desks have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Gillows of Lancaster & London, François Linke and Maple & Co. are consistently popular.

How Much are 19th Century Writing Desks?

Prices for 19th century writing desks start at $300 and top out at $637,038 with the average selling for $4,622.

Finding the Right Desks and Writing Tables for You

Choosing the perfect writing desk or writing table is a profoundly personal journey, one that people have been embarking upon for centuries.

Queen Atossa of Persia, from her writing table circa 500 B.C., is said to have been the originator of the art of handwritten letters. Hers was reportedly the first in a long and colorful history of penned correspondence that grew in popularity alongside literacy. The demand for suitable writing desks, which would serve the composer of the letters as well as ensure the comfort of the recipient naturally followed, and the design of these necessary furnishings has evolved throughout history.

Once people began to seek freedom from the outwardly ornate styles of the walnut and rosewood writing desks and drafting tables introduced in the name of Queen Victoria and King Louis XV, radical shifts occurred, such as those that materialized during the Art Nouveau period, when designers longed to produce furniture inspired by the natural world’s beauty. A prime example is the work of the famous late-19th-century Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí — his rolltop desk featured deep side drawers and was adorned with carved motifs that paid tribute to nature. Gaudí regularly combined structural precision with decorative elements, creating beautiful pieces of wood and metal.

Soon afterward, preferences for sleek, geometric, stylized forms in furniture that saw an emphasis on natural wood grains and traditional craftsmanship took hold. Today, Art Deco desks are still favored by designers who seek to infuse interiors with an air of luxury. One of the most prominent figures of the Art Deco movement was French decorator and furniture designer Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann. With his use of neoclassical motifs as well as expensive and exotic materials such as imported dark woods and inlays of precious metals for his vintage writing desks, Ruhlmann came to symbolize good taste and modernity.

The rise in appreciation for Scandinavian modernism continues to influence the design of contemporary writing desks. It employs the “no fuss” or “less is more” approach to creating a tasteful, sophisticated space. Sweden’s master cabinetmaker Bruno Mathsson created gallery-worthy designs that are as functional as they are beautiful. Finnish architect Alvar Aalto never viewed himself as an artist, but, like Mathsson, his furniture designs reflected a fondness for organic materials and a humanistic approach. Danish designers such as Hans Wegner introduced elegant shapes and lines to mid-century desks and writing tables, often working in oak and solid teak.

From vintage desks to contemporary styles, 1stDibs offers a broad spectrum of choices for conducting all personal and business writing and reading activities.