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Antique Tiger Oak Library Table

Victorian Hand Carved Tiger Oak Library Table, Hall Desk, Scotland 1880, B2554
Located in Vancouver, BC
Victorian hand carved tiger oak library table, hall table, desk, Scotland 1880, B2554 Scotland
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1880s Scottish Victorian Antique Tiger Oak Library Table

Materials

Oak

Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Writing Desk or Library Table
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional antique Mission Arts & Crafts writing desk or library table By Gustav
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Antique Tiger Oak Library Table

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Copper

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Late Victorian Carved American Tiger Oak Library Table, circa 1890s
Located in Petaluma, CA
Late Victorian Carved American Tiger Oak Partner's Desk. It's hard to imagine a better example of
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Late 19th Century American Late Victorian Antique Tiger Oak Library Table

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Brass

Antique French Carved Tiger Oak Parquet Dining Table Draw Leaf Ram Hoof
Located in Shreveport, LA
Direct from France, a lovely antique French carved oak dining table with a gorgeous profile
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Early 1900s French Louis XV Antique Tiger Oak Library Table

Materials

Oak

Rare RJ Horner Style Carved Winged Griffin Oak Library Writing Table Circa 1870
By R.J. Horner & Co.
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a gorgeous oak griffin writing table with gorgeous tiger oak gorgeous design and
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1870s American High Victorian Antique Tiger Oak Library Table

Materials

Oak

Antique Partners Desk Carved Oak Writing Table Scotland, 1880 B885
Located in Vancouver, BC
Scotland, 1880 Solid Tiger Oak Construction Rectangular Top Fitted with Three Drawers on Both Sides
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1880s Scottish Antique Tiger Oak Library Table

Materials

Oak

oak library table
Located in Hudson, NY
Tiger oak library table with two drawers and center stretcher.
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Early 20th Century American Antique Tiger Oak Library Table

Materials

Oak

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 furniture in 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 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.