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Antique French Provincial Fruitwood Writing Table
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique French Provincial fruitwood writing table.
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Antique 1870s Desks and Writing Tables

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Fruitwood

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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Antique 1890s French Belle Époque Desks and Writing Tables

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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.
Antique Cherry Writing Table
Located in Port Chester, NY
A graceful French antique writing table in vibrant cherry. Elegant tapered legs and a comfortable 24" apron height for knees. The single drawer adds an element of interest and the gl...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Cherry

  • Antique Cherry Writing Table
  • Antique Cherry Writing Table
  • Antique Cherry Writing Table
  • Antique Cherry Writing Table
H 29 in. W 38.75 in. D 25 in.
Antique French Ebonized Writing Desk
Located in Stamford, CT
Antique French ebonized black wood writing desk or side table with refined legs and bronze ormolu on the front legs with key, circa 19th century. Please note of wear consistent with ...
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Antique 19th Century French French Provincial Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

  • Antique French Ebonized Writing Desk
  • Antique French Ebonized Writing Desk
  • Antique French Ebonized Writing Desk
  • Antique French Ebonized Writing Desk
H 28.00 in. W 22.00 in. D 15.00 in.
Antique Rustic Writing Table, Desk
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique rustic writing table ~ desk was created with oval shaped ends to make it as traffic friendly as possible! Four turned legs connected with a Classic "H" stretcher provide stur...
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Mid-20th Century French Rustic Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

  • Antique Rustic Writing Table, Desk
  • Antique Rustic Writing Table, Desk
  • Antique Rustic Writing Table, Desk
  • Antique Rustic Writing Table, Desk
H 30.5 in. W 80 in. D 31.5 in.
Antique French Wooden Children's Writing Tables Desks and Adjustable Seats
Located in CH
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 Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Antique Walnut Side or Writing Table
Located in Port Chester, NY
A pretty writing or side table in light walnut with a dramatically grained top. The thin tapered legs and high apron of 26 inches give this desk an elegant silhouette that would work...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

  • Antique Walnut Side or Writing Table
  • Antique Walnut Side or Writing Table
  • Antique Walnut Side or Writing Table
  • Antique Walnut Side or Writing Table
H 30.5 in. W 37 in. D 27 in.
Antique Two-Drawer Cherry Writing Table
Located in Port Chester, NY
A graceful French antique writing table in vibrant cherry. Elegant tapered legs, breadboard ends and a comfortable 24" apron height for knees. The two drawers add an element of inter...
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Antique 1870s French Desks and Writing Tables

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Cherry

  • Antique Two-Drawer Cherry Writing Table
  • Antique Two-Drawer Cherry Writing Table
  • Antique Two-Drawer Cherry Writing Table
  • Antique Two-Drawer Cherry Writing Table
H 29.5 in. W 43.5 in. D 26 in.
Antique Oak French Art Deco Style Desk or Writing Table, 1920s
Located in Nijmegen, NL
This art deco style desk or writing table was made around the 1920s in France. It is made from oak with a linoleum top and brass edging. It was used in Banque de France in the city R...
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Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Louis XVI Kingwood Antique Writing Table a Rognon, France, 19th Century
Located in Shippensburg, PA
A very fine 19th century French vide poche, the table remains in pristine original condition throughout. The top is a rognon, being of kidney form to allow a writer to easily pull up...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

19th Century Antique Leather Top Writing Table, France circa 1800
Located in CH
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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Antique Early 1800s French Renaissance Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut, Leather

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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Antique 1880s French Directoire Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

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 ve...
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Antique 1870s French Empire Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Antique French Louis XVI Rosewood Leather Top Writing Desk
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional antique French Louis XVI style writing desk France, early 20th century Carved rosewood, with embossed leather top and original brass gallery, hardware, and caste...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Antique French 19th Century Louis XVI Marquetry Ormolu Writing Desk Table 1895
By François Linke
Located in Portland, OR
Superb antique French cross-banded walnut & fruitwood writing table with marquetry inlay and ormolu mounts, attributed to Francois Linke, Circa 1895. The desk is of the highest qual...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Antique 19th Century French Museum Quality Inlaid Writing Table with Bronze Trim
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique 19th century French museum quality inlaid writing table with bronze trim. Excellent condition. .  
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Antique Late 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Paint Decorated Antique French Louis XV Ladies Writing Desk Table Manner Linke
By François Linke
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Regency style 1 drawer inlaid writing desk with a professionally hand-painted swan scene on a pond at night on a leather top and superb brass mounts. This desk was just professionall...
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20th Century Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Antique French Louis XV Small Inlaid Petite Demilune Writing Desk Made in France
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique French Louis XV style small inlaid petite Demilune writing desk, made in France. Item features marble top, green leather pullout or pull-out writing surface, inlaid all the w...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Bronze

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

Antique French Tortoiseshell Brass Inlaid Boulle Mahogany Writing Slope Box 19Ct
By André-Charles Boulle
Located in Dublin, Ireland
An exceptionally fine quality example of a polished brass and tortoiseshell inlaid Boulle style travelling writing slope made during the third quarter of the 19th century, of French ...
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Antique 19th Century French Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Antique French Renaissance Library Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This 19th Century French Renaissance Library Table is made of walnut wood and has been newly painted in an off white color with a distressed finish. This Writing Table features heavi...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Renaissance Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Walnut, Paint

Antique C1870s French Louis XVI Style Inlaid King Wood Ladies Writing Desk
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a superbly crafted 1870s era ladies writing desk with a cartonnier shelf compartment above the writing surface. The desk features incredible bronze ormolu and inlaid mixed wo...
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20th Century Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Antique French Gilt Bronze-Mounted table / Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A fine 19th century French Louis XV style gilt bronze-mounted wood leather top ladies desk. The writing table stands on four cabriole legs, decorated at the shoulder with gilt bronze...
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Antique 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Antique Parquetry Writing Desk with Gilt Bronze Mounts by Sormani
By Paul Sormani
Located in London, GB
This elegant writing desk was created by one of the master cabinetmakers of the 19th Century, Paul Sormani. Sormani was of Lombard-Venetian origin, but spent most of his career in Pa...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu, Bronze

Custom Table Skirt with Antique French 19th Century Trim
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A beautiful, custom made teal table cloth made from Peggy Platner linen fabric with a silver metallic 19th century tape trim and white lining.
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Antique 19th Century French Other Desks and Writing Tables

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Linen

Elegant Antique Late 19th Century Louis XVI Cylinder Bureau Writing Desk
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Very elegant Louis XVI style freestanding antique French cylinder writing desk veneered with walnut burled wood. The cylinder opens to reveal a pull-out writing surface and four draw...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Antique French desk/ console
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A beautiful French console, the legas are in a shape of harp, the details and the patina is much better in person, it is elegant with the wrought iron center piece ALL SALES ARE F...
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Vintage 1930s French Desks and Writing Tables

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Wrought Iron

  • Antique French desk/ console
  • Antique French desk/ console
  • Antique French desk/ console
  • Antique French desk/ console
H 28 in. W 32 in. D 20 in.
Antique French Painted Wood Bonheur-du-jour or Occasional Table w/Single Drawer
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French smaller-sized painted wood table, with single drawer, from the turn of the 18th and 19th century. This antique table from France features a rectangular-shaped top with lovel...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Antique French Style Kidney Shaped Desk
Located in London, GB
A stunning antique French style kidney shaped desk, dating from around the 1930’s period. It is of fabulous quality, with a mahogany construction and contrasting veneers of mahoga...
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Vintage 1930s French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Kingwood, Mahogany, Satinwood

  • Antique French Style Kidney Shaped Desk
  • Antique French Style Kidney Shaped Desk
  • Antique French Style Kidney Shaped Desk
  • Antique French Style Kidney Shaped Desk
H 30 in. W 40 in. D 25 in.
Antique French Ebonized Desk
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique French ebonized mahogany desk with two side pull outs, completely restored both structurally and cosmetically. Our in house workshop hand scraped and sanded the mahogany to t...
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Antique Early 1900s German Empire Desks and Writing Tables

  • Antique French Ebonized Desk
  • Antique French Ebonized Desk
  • Antique French Ebonized Desk
  • Antique French Ebonized Desk
H 30 in. W 47.758 in. D 27.5 in.
Antique French Walnut Tambour Top Desk
Located in Laguna Hills, CA
Rare 19th century French walnut roll top desk in the style of Louis XV. The tambour door locks with a key. Also finished on the back so it can be floated in the middle of a room. Des...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Walnut

  • Antique French Walnut Tambour Top Desk
  • Antique French Walnut Tambour Top Desk
  • Antique French Walnut Tambour Top Desk
  • Antique French Walnut Tambour Top Desk
H 40.75 in. W 46.5 in. D 26.5 in.
Antique French Henri II Partner's Desk
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique French Henri II Partner's desk was hand-crafted from dense, old-growth oak, and features a spacious top that can be shared by two! Three drawers and two cabinets on each side...
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Early 20th Century French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

  • Antique French Henri II Partner's Desk
  • Antique French Henri II Partner's Desk
  • Antique French Henri II Partner's Desk
  • Antique French Henri II Partner's Desk
H 30.5 in. W 62.5 in. D 40.5 in.
Antique French Louis XVI Style Cylinder Desk
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Striking antique French cylinder desk with many drawers and compartments. Pull out leather writing surface. Galleried marble top and fitted with brass inlay's.
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Antique French Louis XVI Mahogany Wall Desk
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique French Louis XVI mahogany wall desk is ideal as an ancillary desk in the office, or at home in the library, study or as a student's desk! Drawers and cabinets provide the per...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Antique French Bureau Plat Louis XVI Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Antique Louis XVI Desk is made of mahogany wood covered with remarkable marquetry veneers, and its original mahogany color sealed with a clear varnish finish has been profession...
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Antique Early 1900s French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Ormolu

Antique French Marquetry Bonheur du Jour 19th Century
Located in London, GB
We are very pleased to be able to offer this rare antique French walnut and marquetry inlaid Bonheur du Jour, or Ladies Writing Desk, for sale. Our experts have dated it to around 1...
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Antique 1850s French Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Quality Antique French Mahogany Fold Down Desk
Located in Norwich, GB
Quality antique French mahogany fold down desk. The top has the original brass gallery, 2 glazed doors, 2 drawers with original brass handles. The base having a fold down writing sur...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Early Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

  • Quality Antique French Mahogany Fold Down Desk
  • Quality Antique French Mahogany Fold Down Desk
  • Quality Antique French Mahogany Fold Down Desk
  • Quality Antique French Mahogany Fold Down Desk
H 45.28 in. W 31.5 in. D 16.15 in.
Antique Painted Desk in Light Colors from France, 1930s
Located in Lejre, DK
Antique painted desk in light colors from France, circa 1930s. The table is in great vintage condition.
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Vintage 1930s French Other Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Large Antique French Provincial Louis XV Style Cherry Desk
Located in Charleston, SC
Interesting large desk in Louis XV style made early 19th century. Entirely in cherrywood. The construction of its top is called "a large emboiture" typical since Renaissance time to ...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Cherry

Antique French Ormolu Mounted Bureau Plat Desk, 19th Century
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful and rare antique ormolu mounted French bureau plat, circa 1860 in date. It has highly decorative ormolu mounts and the shaped rectangular top has a decorative o...
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Antique 1860s French Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Antique French Empire Revival Ormolu Mounted Desk, 19th Century
Located in London, GB
This is an exquisite French Empire Revival pedestal desk, circa 1880 in date. This desk has been beautifully crafted from flame mahogany. The top has a striking gold tooled black le...
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Antique 1880s French Empire Revival Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Antique French Empire Revival Ormolu Mounted Desk, 19th Century
Located in London, GB
This is a magnificent large antique French Empire Revival mahogany partners desk, circa 1880 in date. This desk has been beautifully crafted from mahogany with superb boxwood line i...
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Antique 1880s French Empire Revival Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Antique French Counter Desk with Wellington-Style Cabinet
Located in Port Chester, NY
A fantastic desk created from a French commercial counter. French sensibility on the front - Louis Philippe style mouldings at top and bottom with a gloriously grained walnut facade....
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Antique Late 19th Century English Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Walnut

Antique French circa 1870 Bonheur Du Jour Hardwood Marble Desk Bureau Faux Books
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this very rare fully restored circa 1870 hardwood and Parquetry Bonheur Du Jour with marble top surmounted by brass gallery rail, leather top and f...
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Antique 1870s French High Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble

Antique French Louis XV Italian Burlwood Inlaid Slant Front Secretary Desk
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique French Louis XV style Italian burlwood inlaid slant front secretary desk. Item features slant front with pull out supports, fitted interior, bronze ormolu, beautiful wood gra...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Antique Gothic Oak Desk
Located in Port Chester, NY
A French oak desk or writing table from the late 19th century, with a stylized Gothic trestle base. The pale oak has a warm tone and nice grain. The two drawers are roomy, yet recess...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

  • Antique Gothic Oak Desk
  • Antique Gothic Oak Desk
  • Antique Gothic Oak Desk
  • Antique Gothic Oak Desk
H 30 in. W 51 in. D 27.25 in.
Antique Pine Breadseller's Desk
Located in Port Chester, NY
A dark pine breadseller's desk from 19th century, France. This piece is highly functional as a desk, but also has interesting features which reflect it's former life in a bakery, suc...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

  • Antique Pine Breadseller's Desk
  • Antique Pine Breadseller's Desk
  • Antique Pine Breadseller's Desk
  • Antique Pine Breadseller's Desk
H 31.5 in. W 65.25 in. D 23 in.
Louis XVI Grand Antique Desk
Located in Austin, TX
Louis XVI grand antique desk made of mahogany that has been ebonized and finished with a museum quality French polish. There are two dovetailed drawers and beautiful gilt trim throug...
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Vintage 1910s French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

  • Louis XVI Grand Antique Desk
  • Louis XVI Grand Antique Desk
  • Louis XVI Grand Antique Desk
  • Louis XVI Grand Antique Desk
H 30 in. W 70.875 in. D 39.375 in.
Ormolu-mounted mahogany rectangular antique desk by Sormani
By Paul Sormani
Located in London, GB
In the manner of Weisweiller, with a frieze drawer and four tapering legs joined by an X-frame stretcher, signed on the lockplate 'Vve P. Sormani & fils / 10, r. Charlot Paris'. T...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Antique Neoclassical Louis XVI Style Roll Top Desk by Gervais Durand
By Gervais Durand, Jean-Henri Riesener
Located in London, GB
Antique neoclassical Louis XVI style roll top desk by Gervais Durand French, late 19th century Dimensions: Height 107cm, width 114cm, depth 64cm Beautifully crafted from mahogan...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Antique Mid-19th Century Ebonised Wood, Gilt Bronze and Pietra Dura Desk
Located in London, GB
Antique Mid-19th century ebonised wood, gilt bronze and Pietra Dura desk, French, c. 1860s Dimensions: Height 77cm, width 134cm, depth 78cm This Napoleon III period desk feature...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Napoleon III Desks and Writing Tables

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Stone, Ormolu

19th Century Antique Drawer Set in a Contemporary Iron Base with Glass Top
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th century antique type drawer set in a contemporary iron base with glass top.
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Antique 19th Century French Industrial Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Antique French Serpentine-Front Red-Paint Writing Table
Located in Port Chester, NY
Antique serpentine table from the Basque region. The piece is deep rich reddish old paint. Lovely cabriole legs. One drawer with a little brass handle. Quite an interesting piece, un...
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Antique 19th Century French Console Tables

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Pine

Antique Game Writing Table Chess Backgammon Walnut Mahogany Leather, France
Located in Munich, DE
This game table is convertible into a chessboard, a tric trac board for backgammon, checkers and it also doubles as a writing desk. The writing side of the table is covered with gold...
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Antique 1830s French Charles X Game Tables

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Walnut, Leather, Mahogany

Antique French Napoleon III Revival Poudreuse Writing Table, 19th Century
Located in London, GB
This is a wonderful antique French Napoleon III marquetry and ormolu mounted Poudreuse or writing table, circa 1860 in date. The stunning marquetry lift up top is decorated with mus...
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Antique 1860s French Napoleon III Side Tables

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Ormolu

Antique French Barley Twist Oak Ladies Writing Desk, End Table or Side Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique French barley twist side table, end table or small ladies writing desk with a drawer. Made in France from white oak, around the late 1800’s and remains largely unrestored. St...
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Antique 1890s French Country End Tables

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Oak

Antique French Oak Sofa Table Writing Desk Barley Twist Louis XIII Style
Located in Shreveport, LA
~Direct from France~ ~Beautiful French writing desk or sofa table with elegant features!~ ~Lovely barely twist legs as well as barley twist stretcher and cross stretcher (always a ...
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Antique Early 1900s French Louis XIII Sofa Tables

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Oak

Antique 18th Century Fruitwood Country French Library or Writing Desk
Located in Dayton, OH
Late 18th century French fruitwood writing desk. Features two drawers, brass hardware, scrolled aprons, and cabriole legs.   
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Antique Late 18th Century French Provincial Tables

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Fruitwood

Antique Mahogany Inlay Console Game Table Writing Desk Louis XV
Located in West Hartford, CT
Elegant mahogany game table with gorgeous urn and line inlay on its shaped front. Extraordinary craftsmanship, circa 1920s, France. Table flips open to expand to a square game table...
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Vintage 1920s French Louis XV Game Tables

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Mahogany

Shabby Chic and Gold Leaf Distressed Antique Writing Table Desk Large Console
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Antique distressed finish writing hall centre table or small dining table with figural shape top. It features base with Fine carved finial and now drawer.
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20th Century American French Provincial Dining Room Tables

Materials

Mahogany

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Antique French Writing Table For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the antique French writing table you’re looking for. An antique French writing table — often made from wood, metal and hardwood — can elevate any home. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect antique French writing table — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. 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. A well-made antique French writing table has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Paul Sormani, Brendan Bass and Gervais Durand are consistently popular.

How Much is a Antique French Writing Table?

An antique French writing table can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $3,736, while the lowest priced sells for $602 and the highest can go for as much as $78,046.

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.