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French Writing Table with Three Drawers
Located in Hudson, NY
French writing table with three drawers Gilt embossed leather top.
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19th Century French Antique French Writing Table

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Leather

  • French Writing Table with Three Drawers
  • Antique French Writing Table with Three Drawers
  • French Writing Table with Three Drawers
  • Antique French Writing Table with Three Drawers
H 31 in. W 35.5 in. D 21 in.
Small French Writing Table or Vanity
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
Small French writing table or vanity, with fold-open mirror. Unique design, and very functional as well as beautiful, Circa 1920. 50” tall (when mirror open).       
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Early 20th Century French Antique French Writing Table

  • Small French Writing Table or Vanity
  • Antique Small French Writing Table or Vanity
  • Small French Writing Table or Vanity
  • Antique Small French Writing Table or Vanity
H 27 in. W 32 in. D 24 in.
18th Century Country French Writing Table ~ End Table
Located in Dallas, TX
18th Century Country French Writing Table ~ End Table was beautifully hand-crafted from solid indigenous walnut, and features amazing style rendered by capable rural artisans with wh...
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1790s French Louis XIV Antique French Writing Table

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Walnut

Exceptional 19th Century, French Writing Table
Located in Dallas, TX
Marvelous 19th century, French walnut three-drawer writing table. Having lovely hand-carved apron and drawers in acanthus leaf motif, original tooled leather top, brass trim and carv...
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19th Century French Antique French Writing Table

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Leather, Walnut

18th Century Louis XV Wood French Writing Table
Located in IT
The very unusual and particular center desk, called also bureau plat, was made in France, at Paris, in the 18th century, Louis XV period. It has a refined veneer in wood and a slidin...
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Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Antique French Writing Table

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Wood

  • 18th Century Louis XV Wood French Writing Table
  • Antique 18th Century Louis XV Wood French Writing Table
  • 18th Century Louis XV Wood French Writing Table
  • Antique 18th Century Louis XV Wood French Writing Table
H 35.44 in. W 24.41 in. D 15.75 in.
French Writing Table or Desk with Embossed Leather Top
Located in Austin, TX
A fine French writing table or desk of walnut and mahogany, featuring an embossed leather top, four drawers with brass escutcheons, and resting on tapering legs with brass caps.
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Early 20th Century French Antique French Writing Table

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Metal, Brass

Antique French Writing Table Transition Style Louis XV – Louis XVI
Located in SAINTE-COLOMBE, FR
French Antique Writing Table / Bonheur du Jour Transition Style Louis XV – Louis XVI This beautifully made French lady's writing table has many outstanding features. The pierce...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Antique French Writing Table

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Marble, Brass, Bronze

French Writing Table Louis XVI Style Floral Inlays, 19th Century
Located in Labrit, Landes
French Louis XVI writing table, 19th century. Floral inlays, one drawer Good antique condition. For shipping: W 100, H 72, P 60 15.5kg.
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1890s French Antique French Writing Table

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Wood

20th Century Inlaid Wood Napoleon III Style French Writing Table, 1920
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
Small French writing desk from the early 20th century. Furniture finished from the center inlaid in woods of palisander, rosewood, mahogany, maple and fruitwood of beautiful line and...
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Early 20th Century French Napoleon III Antique French Writing Table

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Wood

19th Century French Writing Table
Located in High Point, NC
19th century oak writing table from France with a beveled edge around the top, following down to paneled sides and hand carved and scalloped aprons. The front of the table contains t...
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19th Century French Napoleon III Antique French Writing Table

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Oak

  • 19th Century French Writing Table
  • Antique 19th Century French Writing Table
  • 19th Century French Writing Table
  • Antique 19th Century French Writing Table
H 30.13 in. W 36.5 in. D 24 in.
19th Century French Writing Table
By François Linke
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very good quality French Louis XVI style bureau plat, having an inset leather top, gilded ormolu mounts, a single frieze drawer, raised on elegant cabriole legs terminating in scro...
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19th Century French Louis XVI Antique French Writing Table

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Ormolu

  • 19th Century French Writing Table
  • Antique 19th Century French Writing Table
  • 19th Century French Writing Table
  • Antique 19th Century French Writing Table
H 29.53 in. W 41.74 in. D 24.41 in.
Antique French Petite Ebonized Ladies Writing Table, or Small Side Table or Desk
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique French Directoire style ladies writing desk or side table. Our old plank restoration department, hand-stripped the mahogany writing desk to the bare wood, restored the desk s...
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1880s French Directoire Antique French Writing Table

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Mahogany

19th Century France Louis XV Revival Walnut Writing Desk Table Inlay Bronze,1890
Located in Roma, RM
Small French writing table, in Louis XV style, but from the late 19th century. In walnut wood and embellished with floral motif inlays in fruit wood and gilded bronze applications. M...
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1890s French Louis XV Antique French Writing Table

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Bronze

French Art Nouveau Beech Writing Table, Desk or Side Table, circa 1900
Located in Labrit, Landes
French writing table, little desk or side table, circa 1900. Made in the art Nouveau period : the carving of the drawer and its handle is typical of the lines of this artistic movem...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Antique French Writing Table

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Brass

19th Century French Louis XV Style Walnut Writing Table with Red Leather Top
Located in Dallas, TX
A Louis XV style French writing table in walnut with bronze hardware and an antique red leather tooled top. This beautiful table is probably from the Lyon region of France and is fr...
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Late 19th Century French Louis XV Antique French Writing Table

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Bronze

Diminutive French Louis XIV Style Walnut Writing Table Desk
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Charming 19th century French writing table or desk made in a diminutive scale or ladies bureau plat size. Crafted in the grand Louis XIV taste from walnut having a cartouche shaped t...
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19th Century French Louis XIV Antique French Writing Table

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Brass

French 1850 Writing table with Curvy Top, Single Drawer and Cabriole Legs
Located in Atlanta, GA
This French Louis XV style mid-19th century wooden desk / writing table features a beautifully curvy three-plank top over a simple apron with a single drawer. The table is raised on ...
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Mid-19th Century French Louis XV Antique French Writing Table

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Wood

20th Century Dark-Brown French Art Deco Walnut Writing Table, Small Side Desk
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A dark-brown, vintage Art Deco French writing table with rounded sides, made of hand carved veneered Walnut with a tubular steel footrest, in good condition. The freestanding desk is...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Antique French Writing Table

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Metal, Steel, Chrome

19th Century Louis XVI Style Leather Top Writing Table / Bureau Plat
Located in Madrid, ES
A 19th century Louis XVI style French writing table or desk, known as a "bureau plat”. It has a leather top writing surface, ormolu bronze details, and three locking drawers with fal...
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19th Century French Louis XVI Antique French Writing Table

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Ormolu

19th Century French Bureau Plat Parquetry Writing Table
Located in London, GB
This is an antique bureau plat parquetry writing table of French manufacture dating from Around 1860. We are delighted to offer for sale this very attractive French ormolu mounted p...
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1860s French Antique French Writing Table

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Ormolu

French 19th Century Gilt-Bronze Mounted Writing Table of Fine Quality
Located in Benington, Herts
An extremely fine 19th century French Louis XV Revival gilt ormolu mounted Kingwood bureau de dame / writing table. French, circa 1870. A very attractive and of the finest qua...
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19th Century French Antique French Writing Table

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Ormolu

18th Century French Writing Side Table Porcelain Plaques
Located in London, GB
This amazing piece is an antique French writing table or side table with porcelain plaques and which dates from around 1780. This late 18th century antique French walnut writing tab...
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1780s French Antique French Writing Table

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Brass, Ormolu

French Paper Mache Writing Table
Located in Charleston, SC
French black lacquered and hand painted writing table with floral motif, interior fitted compartment, bulbous pedestal, and ending on bun feet with original casters. Dealers please c...
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19th Century French Antique French Writing Table

  • French Paper Mache Writing Table
  • French Paper Mache Writing Table
  • French Paper Mache Writing Table
  • French Paper Mache Writing Table
H 28.5 in. W 24 in. D 17 in.
French Cerused Oak Writing Table
Located in New York, NY
A lovely table in limed white oak with one drawer and carved cabriole legs. The table, in the Louis XV style, can be used as a desk or a small dining table.
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19th Century French Antique French Writing Table

  • French Cerused Oak Writing Table
  • French Cerused Oak Writing Table
  • French Cerused Oak Writing Table
  • French Cerused Oak Writing Table
H 30 in. W 47 in. D 33 in.
Maison Dominique Domin, Genevriére Art Deco Veneer Writing Desk or Vanity Table
By Andre Domin & Marcel Genevriere for Maison Dominique
Located in Firenze, IT
Exceptionally rare executive corner writing desk or vanity table branded Dominique, Paris. This beyond beautiful Art Deco period French writing table by Maison Dominique was designe...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Antique French Writing Table

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Metal

French Provincial Writing Table 19th Century
Located in Milano, IT
19th Century French Provincial Writing Desk from Avignon. Beautifully time worn grey/green tone. Could go shabby chic or more country beach style depending how it is styled and the e...
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19th Century French French Provincial Antique French Writing Table

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Wood

  • French Provincial Writing Table 19th Century
  • French Provincial Writing Table 19th Century
  • French Provincial Writing Table 19th Century
  • French Provincial Writing Table 19th Century
H 28.50 in. W 24.50 in. D 32.50 in.
French Marble Top Writing Table, Tooled-Leather Writing Surface, on Casters
Located in Montreal, Quebec
French Marble-Top Writing Table on Casters, Pull-Out Drawer, Gilt Tooled-Leather Writing Surface above the drawer, lower storage shelf. Versatile in its design and size, beautiful w...
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19th Century French Louis XVI Antique French Writing Table

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Marble

Charles X Period Writing Table, France, Circa 1825
Located in PARIS, FR
An elegant writing table from the Charles X period. The concave top is adorned with an ellipsoidal two-tone pattern. The belt, decorated with thin stylized ornaments, unveils a slidi...
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1820s French Charles X Antique French Writing Table

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Wood

  • Charles X Period Writing Table, France, Circa 1825
  • Charles X Period Writing Table, France, Circa 1825
  • Charles X Period Writing Table, France, Circa 1825
  • Charles X Period Writing Table, France, Circa 1825
H 28.75 in. W 28.35 in. D 17.33 in.
Period French Directior Leather Topped Writing Table.
Located in Hudson, NY
This beautiful period writing table was constructed in France circa 1790 to 1800 of rich imported mahogany and the woods have been carefully selected to create an overall pattern of ...
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Late 18th Century French Directoire Antique French Writing Table

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Leather, Mahogany

French 19th Century Writing Table
Located in Atlanta, GA
French 19th Century writing table.
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19th Century French Louis XIII Antique French Writing Table

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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.
18th Century French Walnut Writing Table
Located in High Point, NC
18th century walnut writing table with a banded and beveled edge around the top, following down to a simple apron containing a single drawer in the front and supported on hand turned...
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Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Antique French Writing Table

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Walnut

  • 18th Century French Walnut Writing Table
  • 18th Century French Walnut Writing Table
  • 18th Century French Walnut Writing Table
  • 18th Century French Walnut Writing Table
H 30.75 in. W 46.13 in. D 28.63 in.
French, Early 20th Century, Writing Table
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rustic writing table, easy to place anywhere.
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Early 20th Century French Louis XIV Antique French Writing Table

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Beech

  • French, Early 20th Century, Writing Table
  • French, Early 20th Century, Writing Table
  • French, Early 20th Century, Writing Table
  • French, Early 20th Century, Writing Table
H 30 in. W 35.25 in. D 23.5 in.
Antique Mahogany Ladies Writing Desk Table France
Located in Munich, DE
This charming small ladies writing desk – so called 'Écritoire de Dames' was made in France circa 1890-1900 . It is executed in mahogany in kidney shape, on each side there is a hori...
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1890s French Belle Époque Antique French Writing Table

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Mahogany

  • Antique Mahogany Ladies Writing Desk Table France
  • Antique Mahogany Ladies Writing Desk Table France
  • Antique Mahogany Ladies Writing Desk Table France
  • Antique Mahogany Ladies Writing Desk Table France
H 27.56 in. W 38.19 in. D 16.15 in.
Country French Fruitwood slanted fall front ladies writing table
Located in Tacoma, WA
Charming petite early 20th century French dark fruitwood ladies fall front fitted dressing/writing table with carved cabriole legs
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Early 20th Century French French Provincial Antique French Writing Table

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Fruitwood

19th Century French Renaissance Writing Table, Student Desk
Located in Dallas, TX
19th Century French Renaissance writing table ~ student desk is a remarkable example of the furniture maker's craft, performed on a diminutive scale perfect for townhomes, apartments...
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Mid-19th Century French Renaissance Revival Antique French Writing Table

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Oak

19th Century French Renaissance Barley Twist Writing Table
Located in Dallas, TX
19th Century French Renaissance Barley Twist Writing Table makes the perfect choice for a student desk, a family room, or a library! Hand-crafted from dense, old-growth oak, it feat...
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Mid-19th Century French Renaissance Revival Antique French Writing Table

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Oak

19th Century French Oak Writing Table
Located in High Point, NC
19th century oak writing table from France with a banded top, which also has a lovely hand carved and beveled edge, following down to paneled aprons, all with hand carved decoration....
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19th Century French Antique French Writing Table

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Oak

  • 19th Century French Oak Writing Table
  • 19th Century French Oak Writing Table
  • 19th Century French Oak Writing Table
  • 19th Century French Oak Writing Table
H 30.63 in. W 51.13 in. D 29.5 in.
French 19th Century Kidney Shaped Mahogany Writing Table
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An exceptional and large-scale French 19th century kidney-shaped mahogany writing table with one drawer. The table is raised on a scrolled lyre-shaped supports joined by a geometric ...
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19th Century French Antique French Writing Table

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Ormolu

19th Century French Oak Writing Table
Located in High Point, NC
19th century oak writing or side table from France with a beveled and hand carved decorated edge around the top. The apron is hand raised paneled on all four sides , and has a single...
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19th Century French Napoleon III Antique French Writing Table

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Oak

  • 19th Century French Oak Writing Table
  • 19th Century French Oak Writing Table
  • 19th Century French Oak Writing Table
  • 19th Century French Oak Writing Table
H 29.25 in. W 43.13 in. D 24.75 in.
French Louis XVI Style Writing Table, circa 1880
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very good quality French 19th century Louis XVI style bureau plat, having an inset green leather tooled top with herringbone veneered cross-banding and gilded ormolu moulding, thre...
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19th Century French Louis XVI Antique French Writing Table

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Palisander

  • French Louis XVI Style Writing Table, circa 1880
  • French Louis XVI Style Writing Table, circa 1880
  • French Louis XVI Style Writing Table, circa 1880
  • French Louis XVI Style Writing Table, circa 1880
H 31.11 in. W 67.72 in. D 34.65 in.
French Louis XV Desk Plat Writing Table
Located in West Hartford, CT
A magnificent antique fruitwood writing desk adorned in bronze and featuring a green leather top. Made in France in the early 20th century. Features three drawers at front. A gorg...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Antique French Writing Table

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Bronze

  • French Louis XV Desk Plat Writing Table
  • French Louis XV Desk Plat Writing Table
  • French Louis XV Desk Plat Writing Table
  • French Louis XV Desk Plat Writing Table
H 30 in. W 50 in. D 27 in.
Charles X Period Writing Table, France, Circa 1825
Located in PARIS, FR
A very fine Charles X writing table in veneered wood. It is adorned with finely chiselled and gilded bronzes in the shape of flowers, vegetal arabesques and acanthus leaves. The conc...
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1820s French Antique French Writing Table

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Bronze

  • Charles X Period Writing Table, France, Circa 1825
  • Charles X Period Writing Table, France, Circa 1825
  • Charles X Period Writing Table, France, Circa 1825
  • Charles X Period Writing Table, France, Circa 1825
H 28.75 in. W 26.38 in. D 16.54 in.
French 19th Century Gothic Style Writing Table
Located in Atlanta, GA
French 19th century Gothic style writing table.
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Mid-19th Century French Gothic Antique French Writing Table

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Walnut, Oak

  • French 19th Century Gothic Style Writing Table
  • French 19th Century Gothic Style Writing Table
  • French 19th Century Gothic Style Writing Table
  • French 19th Century Gothic Style Writing Table
H 30 in. W 47.25 in. D 27.5 in.
Antique French Wooden Children's Writing Tables Desks and Adjustable Seats
Located in Sofia, BG
Two French vintage writing desks or school tables with seats, all attached together, made of oakwood. Adjustable foot part all in very good condition. Very stable and comfortable. T...
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Early 20th Century French Antique French Writing Table

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Oak

French Louis XVI Carved Walnut Writing-Side Table with Drawer
Located in Dallas, TX
A French carved walnut small writing table, perfect end table or bedside table, late 18th century.
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Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Antique French Writing Table

19th Century French Renaissance Writing Table, Desk
Located in Dallas, TX
19th Century French Renaissance writing table ~ desk is an ode to a bygone era before the digital age, yet can serve as a splendid end table, library table or laptop desk with aplomb...
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Mid-19th Century French Renaissance Revival Antique French Writing Table

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Oak

19th Century French Renaissance Leather Top Writing Table
Located in Dallas, TX
19th Century French Renaissance leather top writing table is perfect for adding an Old World touch to any room! Boldly carved edging around the tooled leather top is just the beginni...
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1880s French Renaissance Revival Antique French Writing Table

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Leather, Walnut

French Charles X Curule Leg Desk Writing Table
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Stunning French Charles X curule leg desk featuring neoclassical empire style cues. Fronted by three drawers the case is decorated in the Charles X taste. Each side of the desk has s...
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19th Century French Neoclassical Antique French Writing Table

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Brass

19th Century French Louis XIV Writing Table, Desk
Located in Dallas, TX
19th Century French Louis XIV writing table ~ desk is a handsome piece that is perfect for adding a little elegance to your room while providing a very useful surface with storage. H...
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1890s French Louis XIV Antique French Writing Table

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Oak

17th Century French Louis XIV Walnut Writing Table
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Louis XIV writing table with fine form and having a Sotheby's New York auction house label. The table with a rectangular plank top over a long frieze drawer with carved knob pulls an...
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17th Century French Louis XIV Antique French Writing Table

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Wood

French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Writing Table
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very good quality, impressive 18th century style Kingwood Bureau plat, in the manner of Zweiner. Having an inset green leather writing surface with gilt tooling. gilded ormolu moul...
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Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Antique French Writing Table

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Mahogany

  • French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Writing Table
  • French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Writing Table
  • French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Writing Table
  • French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Writing Table
H 31.11 in. W 67.33 in. D 34.26 in.
19th Century French Henri ii Walnut Writing Table
Located in Dallas, TX
19th Century French Henri II walnut writing table is a splendid example of the breed, with classical architecture enhanced by subtle carved detailing. Four turned & carved columns fo...
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Mid-19th Century French Neoclassical Revival Antique French Writing Table

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Steel

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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Late 19th Century French Renaissance Revival Antique French Writing Table

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Walnut

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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19th Century French French Provincial Antique French Writing Table

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Fruitwood

19th Century Antique Leather Top Writing Table, France circa 1800
Located in Sofia, BG
This is a sublime walnut writing table with twisted legs, two drawers, that features light brown leather top and has rich carvings in Henry II style, circa 1800 Measures: 73/138/77 c...
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Early 1800s French Renaissance Antique French Writing Table

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Walnut, Leather

French Kidney Shaped Writing Table with One Drawer in Mahogany
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An exceptional and large scale French 19th century kidney shaped mahogany writing table with one drawer. The table is raised on a scrolled lyre shaped supports joined by a geometric ...
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19th Century French Antique French Writing Table

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Ormolu

Antique French Desk Writing Table Secretary Drawers Oak Petite Renaissance Table
Located in Tyler, TX
Beautiful 19th century petite Antique French Oak Renaissance revival small desk secretary and drawers~~X stretcher. ~~c. 1880s With so many people working from home now, desks h...
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1880s French Renaissance Revival Antique French Writing Table

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Oak

Antique Monumental French Empire Bureau Plat Desk Writing Table, 19th Century
Located in London, GB
This is a fine antique French Empire ormolu mounted mahogany bureau plat, circa 1870 in date. The rectangular top has an inset gold-tooled green leather writing surface with a very...
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1870s French Empire Antique French Writing Table

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Ormolu

Antique French Petite Desk Writing Table with Drawer Oak Barley Twist Nightstand
Located in Tyler, TX
Beautiful 19th century antique petite French oak renaissance revival desk or table with drawer, barley twist legs, stretcher and up finial. ~~c. 1880s With so many people workin...
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1880s French Renaissance Revival Antique French Writing Table

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Oak

Early 19th Century French Louis XVI Style Oak Writing Table or Side Table
Located in Fayetteville, AR
This early nineteenth century Louis XVI style oak side table features hand carvings on all four sides. Its beveled top rests above a fluted apron. The hand pegged apron is detailed w...
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Early 19th Century French Louis XVI Antique French Writing Table

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Oak

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Antique French Writing Table For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic antique French writing table available at 1stDibs. Each antique French writing table for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, metal and animal skin. Your living room may not be complete without an antique French writing table — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. When you’re browsing for the right antique French writing table, those designed in Louis XVI, Louis XV and Empire styles are of considerable interest. Many designers have produced at least one well-made antique French writing table over the years, but those crafted by François Linke, Louis Majorelle and Paul Sormani are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Antique French Writing Table?

Prices for an antique French writing table can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $200 and can go as high as $1,740,240, while the average can fetch as much as $4,781.

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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.