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Fine French Ladies Writing Table
By François Linke
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A stunning piece with gilt bronze embellishments in the style of Francois Linke. It features an exotic veneered top and is raised upon rosewood tapered legs.
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Early 20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

  • Fine French Ladies Writing Table
  • Fine French Ladies Writing Table
  • Fine French Ladies Writing Table
  • Fine French Ladies Writing Table
H 30 in. W 34 in. D 22 in.
Maison Jansen Diminutive Bronze Mounted Writing Table
By Maison Jansen
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Elegant mahogany and bronze mounted writing table by Maison Jansen. Features a diminutive size leather topped case covered with a pane of glass. Crafted in the neoclassical directoir...
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20th Century French Neoclassical 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

Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Writing Table
Located in New York, NY
A fine Louis XVI style ormolu-mounted mahogany bureau plat. Origin: French Date: late 19th century Dimension: H 29 1/4 x W 44 x D 22 3/4.
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Antique Late 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

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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Antique 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Charles X Writing Table
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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Antique 1820s French Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

  • Charles X Writing Table
  • Charles X Writing Table
  • Charles X Writing Table
  • Charles X Writing Table
H 28.75 in. W 26.38 in. D 16.54 in.
Rare Napoleon III French Empire Bureau De Plat Gilt Bronze Writing Table Desk
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning original Napoleon III French Empire desk with gilt bronze oversized fittings A very decorative and collectible desk in period lightl...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Napoleon III Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

French Louis XV Style Gilt Bronze-Mounted Kingwood Writing Desk
Located in London, GB
This beautiful desk, beautifully finished in kingwood, leather and gilt bronze, is a fantastic piece of 19th century French design in the Louis XV style. Elegant, beautifully crafted...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze, Ormolu

Jules Leleu, Mahogany Writing Table, France, circa 1940
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Mahogany and gilt bronze writing table with two drawers by Jules Leleu For an illustration of an identical table, see Siriex, Françoise. The House of Leleu. New York: Hudson Hills...
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

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.
French Louis XVI Ebony Leather Top and Bronze Mounted Writing Desk
By Maison Jansen
Located in West Hartford, CT
Jansen style French Louis XVI ebony desk with beautifully detailed heavy bronze mounts with a tooled black leather top. It has a heavy bronze border running around the entire desk an...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

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 hand carved relief work in an abstract expression of the...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Renaissance Revival Desks and Writing Ta...

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Bronze

Gilt Bronze-Mounted Tulipwood, Sycamore and Marquetry Writing Table by Dasson
By Henry Dasson
Located in London, GB
This writing table was designed by one of the leading craftsmen of the 19th century, Henry Dasson (1825-1896). Dasson began his career as a bronze sculptor, and only later became an ...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Ormolu, Bronze

Gilt Bronze Mounted Boulle Inlaid Writing Desk
By André-Charles Boulle
Located in London, GB
This wonderful writing desk, crafted from ebonized wood, gilt bronze, and brass and tortoiseshell marquetry, is a superb example of Boulle style furniture. The writing desk is suppor...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Ormolu, Bronze

  • Gilt Bronze Mounted Boulle Inlaid Writing Desk
  • Gilt Bronze Mounted Boulle Inlaid Writing Desk
  • Gilt Bronze Mounted Boulle Inlaid Writing Desk
  • Gilt Bronze Mounted Boulle Inlaid Writing Desk
H 27.96 in. W 38.19 in. D 22.84 in.
French Louis XV Black Lacquer Bronze Figural Ormolu Bureau Plat Writing Desk
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French Louis XV ebonized black lacquer bronze figural Ormolu Bureau plat writing desk. Item features faux 3 drawer finished back (image 10), ornate bronze ormolu, bronze paw feet, 3 ...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

French Louis XV Petite Kidney-Shaped Writing Table, Paris, 1780
Located in Chicago, IL
French transitional period kidney-shaped desk. 18th century French transitional design between Louis XV and Louis XVI is timeless, elegant, and understated it works well in modern, c...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Louis XV Style Gilt Bronze-Mounted Bois-Satiné Writing Table
Located in Mt Kisco, NY
A fine French kidney shaped bureau plat desk, having an inset beige leather top. Two side drawers over cabriole legs with ormolu mounts.
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Vintage 1940s French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Jules Deroubaix Art Deco Writing in Burled Elm and Gilt Bronze France circa 1935
By Jules Deroubaix
Located in New York, NY
Burled elm, original gilt bronze sabots. Jules Deroubaix was the best craftsman of Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann. The pieces made after Ruhlmann's passing are often reminiscent of Ruhlma...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Fine 19th Century French Louis XV Bronze Mounted Kingwood & Walnut Writing Desk
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A very fine and original French 19th century Louis XV bronze mounted kingwood and walnut bureau plat. The writing desk has serpentine shape gilt banding around the top surface, three...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Louis XVI Style Writing Desk with Bronze Mounts
Located in Stamford, CT
Louis XVI style bronze mounted mahogany writing desk. The tapering Louis XVI style legs having bronze sabots and mountings inside the strong reeded legs which terminate in bronze cap...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

  • Louis XVI Style Writing Desk with Bronze Mounts
  • Louis XVI Style Writing Desk with Bronze Mounts
  • Louis XVI Style Writing Desk with Bronze Mounts
  • Louis XVI Style Writing Desk with Bronze Mounts
H 30.25 in. W 25 in. D 48.25 in.
Neoclassical writing table after a model by Jean-Henri Riesener, France, 1860
By Jean-Henri Riesener
Located in Chicago, IL
French Neoclassical Louis XVI kingwood "table à écrire" or writing table after a model by Jean-Henri Riesener commissioned for Marie Antoinette, today it is on display in the Rococo ...
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Antique 19th Century French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

French Bronze Mounted Leather Top Louis XVI Style Bureau Plat Writing Desk
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a stunning desk with superb quality bronze mounts and a fantastic black leather top, circa 1930. The desk is in gorgeous condition for its age and is a very unique form and d...
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Vintage 1930s French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

French Louis XV-Style Gilt Bronze Mahogany and Tulipwood Mounted Writing Desk
Located in Houston, TX
Fine petite writing desk with curved sides and gracefully carved legs in mahogany and tulipwood combination. Bronze mounts accent this exquisite piece. Cherubs holding candelabra a...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Kingwood, Tulipwood

French Louis XVI Style Writing Desk /Bureauplatt, Bronze Gilt Mounts Leather Top
Located in Houston, TX
Large leather top French style desk in the Louis XVI style with bronze dore mounts. The legs are ebonized and reeded. Marquetry inlay designs are on the front and sides. The leathe...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Satinwood

Beautiful Louis XVI Style Writing Table
Located in PARIS, FR
Beautiful Louis XVI style writing table made of wood. The rectangular top, surrounded on three sides by a fine pierced and gilt-bronze frieze, above a drawer whose front forms a flap...
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Antique 1880s French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

  • Beautiful Louis XVI Style Writing Table
  • Beautiful Louis XVI Style Writing Table
  • Beautiful Louis XVI Style Writing Table
  • Beautiful Louis XVI Style Writing Table
H 29.93 in. W 20.08 in. D 12.6 in.
Louis XVI Style Mahogany and Gilt Bronze Writing Desk
Located in London, GB
Built from mahogany, topped with leather and mounted with gilt bronze, this splendid Louis XVI style writing desk exudes neoclassical elegance and will add a sumptuous, grand touch t...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu, Bronze

19th Century Louis XVI Bronze Mounted Mahogany Writing Table by Schmit of Paris
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century Louis XVI bronze mounted mahogany writing table by Schmit of Paris is an example of the Belle Époque magnificence that gained France worldwide recognition at the end of ...
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Antique 1880s French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

20th Century Wood and Bronze Napoleon III Style French Writing Desk, 1930
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
Large French writing desk from the first half of the 20th century. Moved and rounded furniture in rosewood, walnut, mahogany and fruitwood richly adorned with gilded and chiseled bro...
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Vintage 1930s French Napoleon III Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

20th Century Louis XIV Style French Piano-Black Writing Table
Located in Berlin, DE
Imposing French writing table in style of Louis XIV. Piano black polished veneer on solid pinewood. Three part, straight border. Narrow overlapping, wide framed writing plate, middl...
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20th Century Louis XIV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

French Louis XV Style Ladies Writing Desk
Located in Charleston, SC
An elegant French Louis XV style petit writing desk with gilt-bronze mounts, including escutcheon, knees sabots and chutes. One central locking drawer and a nicely embossed brown le...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

  • French Louis XV Style Ladies Writing Desk
  • French Louis XV Style Ladies Writing Desk
  • French Louis XV Style Ladies Writing Desk
  • French Louis XV Style Ladies Writing Desk
H 29 in. W 32.5 in. D 19 in.
19th Century French Napoleon III Kingwood and Black Ebonized Writing Table 1850s
Located in Miami, FL
Well proportioned boudoir writing desk with flip out, brown leather writing surface. The upper shelf is at 42.5 inches from the floor. The lower shelf is at 34 inches from the floor....
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Early 20th Century French Napoleon III Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

19th Century French Napoleon III Kingwood and Black Ebonized Writing Table 1850s
Located in Miami, FL
A French Bonheur du Jour, that is Napoleon III writing table, lady desk in kingwood and ebonized wood, with applications in bronze and writing top with two-panel glass doors with a s...
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Early 20th Century French Napoleon III Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

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

18th Century Country Side Writing Table
Located in Madrid, ES
A nice French country writing table, Louis XVI period, in solid oak, with a long drawer and drawer handle in bronze, the legs finished in sabot.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

  • 18th Century Country Side Writing Table
  • 18th Century Country Side Writing Table
  • 18th Century Country Side Writing Table
  • 18th Century Country Side Writing Table
H 27.17 in. W 36.62 in. D 29.93 in.
18th Century Country Side Writing Table
Located in Madrid, ES
A nice French country writing table, Louis XVI period, in solid oak, with a long drawer and drawer handle in bronze, the legs finished in sabot.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

  • 18th Century Country Side Writing Table
  • 18th Century Country Side Writing Table
  • 18th Century Country Side Writing Table
  • 18th Century Country Side Writing Table
H 27.17 in. W 36.62 in. D 29.93 in.
Neoclassical Style Marquetry and Gilt Bronze Writing Desk by Grohé
Located in London, GB
Neoclassical style marquetry and gilt bronze writing desk by Grohé French, circa 1880 Measures: Height 74cm, width 134cm, depth 77cm The desk features a wide, shaped tabletop, t...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze, Ormolu

Louis XV Style Gilt Bronze Mounted Writing Desk by Poteau
Located in London, GB
Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted writing desk by Poteau French, late 19th century Size: Height 78cm, width 180cm, depth 87cm This beautiful Louis XV style writing desk is rais...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze, Ormolu

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

André Arbus Sycamore Desk, Writing Table, Bureau Plat
Located in Hollywood, FL
The rectangular top over 3 frieze drawers with finely crafted bronze pulls over square tapering legs terminating in sabots.
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Vintage 1940s French Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

French Louis XV Style Writing or Side Table with Parquetry, Leather and Ormolu
Located in Miami, FL
A lovely 19th century French Louis XV style salon table with serpentine form on all sides, slim cabriole legs and one-drawer. This Belle Époque table which likely served various duti...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV 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

French Maison Jansen Style Steel and Bronze Table with Glass Top
By Maison Jansen
Located in Houston, TX
French Maison Jansen style steel and bronze table, circa 1970. New glass top.
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Vintage 1970s French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze, Steel

19th Century French Wood Desk Table with Golden Bronzes
Located in IT
19th century French wood desk table with golden bronzes The elegant desk table was made in France in the early nineteenth century. The structure is in paved wood decorated with gi...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

French 19th Century Floral Marquetry and Gilt Bronze Table
Located in London, GB
A ladies writing table in the Louis XV transitional manner. Of freestanding form, constructed in kingwood, with good marquetry inlays, and having gilt bronze mounts; rising from s...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Impressive French Writing Desk in the Style of Louis XIV
Located in Berlin, DE
Royal palisander and tulip wood on softwood. Three-part straight frame base. Slightly protruding, broadly framed writing surface, inlaid with gold embossed leather surface, including...
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20th Century French Louis XIV Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

French 18th Century Louis XV Bureau Plat, Writing Desk
Located in Worpswede / Bremen, DE
An imposing Louis XV ebonized writing table with finely chased gilt bronze mounts. The stepped moulded rectangular top inset with the original gilt-tooled leather above three frieze ...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Rococo Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

French Louis XV Style Table with Bronze Mounts
Located in Barntrup, DE
This elegant Louis XV style table or writing desk made of walnut with veneered mahogany parquetry design and elegant bronze mounts, circa 1930's. The table has cabriole legs with app...
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Vintage 1930s French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut, Mahogany

  • French Louis XV Style Table with Bronze Mounts
  • French Louis XV Style Table with Bronze Mounts
  • French Louis XV Style Table with Bronze Mounts
  • French Louis XV Style Table with Bronze Mounts
H 29.93 in. W 31.5 in. D 23.63 in.
Louis XV Marquetry & Guilt Bronze Desk Table, France, circa 1850
Located in Roubaix, FR
One drawer little desk or center table, Louis XV style in very fine marquetry on oak and original guilt bronze mounted. Bombé legs. France, Circa 1850 all in excellent condition.
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Antique 1850s European Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

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 Louis XV Style Bureau Plat Writing Table
Located in Berlin, DE
Castle worthy desk, solid wood. Rosewood veneer edged by finely engraved brass fittings. On angled, with four looking forward, imposing female busts on curly legs, on all sides scall...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Louis XV Style Writing Table Bureau Plat Black with Brass
Located in Berlin, DE
In Bois-Satiné veneer blacked. Extremely fine, floral, bronze fittings in the form of chutes, handmade patinated bronze. Veneered on solid beechwood. Strong cambered, four-sided pas...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

French Louis XV Style 19th Century Kingwood Lady's Writing Desk
Located in New York, NY
French Louis XV style (19th century) kingwood lady's desk with Sevres porcelain panels and bronze trimmed gallery.    
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

18th Century, Gentleman's Writing Desk and Games Table
Located in Newport Beach, CA
Wonderful, circa 1780, hand carved, petite writing desk inset with game chess and backgammon game boards. The top featuring its original, inset marble. The whole on tapered legs term...
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Antique 1780s French Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Bronze

French Empire Style ‘19th Century’ Mahogany and Bronze Trimmed Table Desk
Located in New York, NY
French Empire style (19th century) mahogany and bronze trimmed two-drawer table desk with stretcher, griffins and green marble-top.   
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Antique 19th Century French Empire Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Bronze

Writing Desk, Paris, 1825
Located in Milano, IT
Mechanical writing desk with sliding counter and drawer containing a small folding counter covered with Morocco leather. The interiors are made with sessile oak veneered with rosewoo...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Other Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

  • Writing Desk, Paris, 1825
  • Writing Desk, Paris, 1825
  • Writing Desk, Paris, 1825
  • Writing Desk, Paris, 1825
H 29.14 in. W 35.83 in. D 21.66 in.
French Directoire Mahogany Lady's Fire Screen Fall Front Bureau or Writing Desk
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
This French Directoire brass trimmed Mahogany Lady's petite bureau dates to the early 19th century and features a slanted front that opens up to an interior with leather lined writin...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Directoire Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Bronze

Iconic Writing Desk in Cream Shagreen and Bronze-Patina Brass by R&Y Augousti
By R & Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The iconic desk is the perfect piece for your room. An incredible “duo” between the cream shagreen top and dark bronze-patina brass base. The inlay work on the legs makes this Classi...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

"Melting" Writing Desk in Cream Shagreen and Bronze-Patina Brass by R&Y Augousti
By R & Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The melting writing desk's simple but elegant design, makes for an adaptable neutral piece of furniture. The cream shagreen top is framed with an irregular surface bronze-patina bras...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Soho Writing Desk in Black Shagreen and Bronze-Patina Brass by R&Y Augousti
By R & Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The Soho Writing Desk is the perfect piece for a living room, bedroom or office space that merges vintage and modern sensibility. Add a mirror and this desk becomes a vanity table. T...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Soho Writing Desk in Cream Shagreen and Bronze-Patina Brass by R&Y Augousti
By R & Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The Soho writing desk is the perfect piece for a living room, bedroom or office space that merges vintage and modern sensibility. Add a mirror and this desk becomes a vanity table. T...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

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French Bronze Writing Table For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the French bronze writing table you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Each French bronze writing table for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, wood and bronze. There are 591 variations of the antique or vintage French bronze writing table you’re looking for, while we also have 27 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer French bronze writing table, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A French bronze writing table, designed in the Louis XV, Louis XVI or Art Deco style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. A well-made French bronze writing table has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by R & Y Augousti, Maison Jansen and François Linke are consistently popular.

How Much is a French Bronze Writing Table?

The average selling price for a French bronze writing table at 1stDibs is $8,100, while they’re typically $975 on the low end and $1,844,713 for the highest priced.

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.