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20th Century French Bureau Plat/ Writing Desk
Located in Berlin, DE
20th century French bureau plat/ writing desk In Bois Satiné veneer, mirror veneer covering all
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

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
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Antique 1860s French Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Ormolu

19th Century French Kingwood Writing Desk Bureau Plat
Located in Essex, MA
19th century French kingwood Bureau plat writing desk. Beautiful Louis XV Form. Lacquered Bronze
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Bronze

Fine C19TH French Kingwood & Marquetry Bureau Plat /Writing Table
By Jean-François Oeben
Located in Dereham, GB
Fine C19TH French Burr Walnut & Marquetry Bureau Plat /Writing Table Black Leather inset top, gold
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Antique 1870s French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

French 18th Century Louis XV Bureau Plat, Writing Desk
Located in Worpswede / Bremen, DE
. The iconic Coco chancel lived with a Rococo writing desk just like this one and indeed this Bureau
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Rococo Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Bronze

French Louis XV Style Bureau Plat Leather Top Writing Desk
Located in Hopewell, NJ
An outstanding French Louis XV style writing desk or bureau plat desk with bronze trim and ornate
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Vintage 1940s French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Antique French Mahogany & Ormolu Bureau Plat Writing Desk C1910
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique French bureau plat writing desk offers shaped mahogany construction with paneled case
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Early 20th Century Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Ormolu

Antique Bureau Plat, French, Walnut, Writing Desk, Louis XV Revival, Victorian
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique bureau plat. A French, walnut and boxwood writing desk in Louis XV revival taste
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Boxwood, Walnut

18th Century French Cherrywood 'Bureau de Pente' Slant Top Writing Desk
Located in Dallas, TX
Larger than the typical Louis XV writing desk, this cherrywood bureau de pente was hand-carved in
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

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
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Antique 1870s French Empire Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

20th Century Impressive Writing Desk / Bureau Plat
Located in Berlin, DE
Impressive desk / Bureau Plat, 20th century Castle-like desk, solid wood. Engraved bronze
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20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

1800's Antique French Henri II Style, Carved, Walnut, Bureau, Writing Desk!!
Located in Austin, TX
Gorgeous 1800's Antique French Henri II Style, Carved, Walnut, Bureau, Writing Desk!! Antique Desk
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Antique 19th Century French Other Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

French Antique Art Deco Macassar Bureau Plat Writing Desk circa 1930
Located in Shippensburg, PA
ART DECO MACASSAR EBONY, PARCHMENT AND BRASS BUREAU PLAT Likely French, circa 1930 Item # 111PZN03Z
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20th Century French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

French Bureau Plat 20th C. with Black Gilt Trim Writing Surface
Located in Houston, TX
This exquisite desk is very well made with beech wood and oak with Kingwood marquetry decorative motifs. Gilt bronze mounts decorate The edge and gilt masks embellish each corner....
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Beech

French Louis XV Bureau Plat Desk or Writing Table with Embossed Leather
Located in Hopewell, NJ
An outstanding French Louis XV desk having embossed leather top and a faux front on its back so
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Antique Early 1900s French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

19th Century French Provincial Louis XV Style Cherry Bureau Plat or Writing Desk
Located in Birmingham, AL
A 19th century French Provincial Louis XV style bureau plat or writing desk handcrafted of solid
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Antique 1880s French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Cherry

French 19th Century Leather Top Louis XV Style Writing Desk or Bureau Plat
Located in Hopewell, NJ
French writing desk beautifully finished in walnut, leather and inlaid burlwood veneer, is a
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

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
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Bronze

French Kingwood Bureau Plat
Located in Lymington, Hampshire
A French kingwood bureau plat late 19th/early 20th century in Louis XV style, with applied gilt
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Antique 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Kingwood

French Kingwood Bureau Plat
French Kingwood Bureau Plat
H 31.5 in W 73.23 in D 38.98 in
19th Century Louis Philippe Bureau Plat, or Writing Desk
Located in Winter Park, FL
A French Louis Philippe style bureau plat, or desk made of solid and veneer of mahogany. Double
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Antique 19th Century French Louis Philippe Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Large Empire Style Mahogany Bureau Plat or Writing Desk
Located in Berlin, DE
A large Empire style mahogany bureau plat or writing desk with a dark green leather writing surface
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Antique 19th Century French Empire Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Mahogany

Rare Napoleon III French Empire Bureau De Plat Gilt Bronze Writing Table Desk
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning original Napoleon III French Empire desk with gilt
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Napoleon III Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Bronze

19th Century Louis XV Style Bureau Plat Writing Table
Located in Berlin, DE
Bureau plat in the style of the Louis XV Napoleon III Paris, circa 1850-1880. In Bois-Satiné
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood, Beech

Black Leather Top French Directoire Style Writing Desk Bureau Plat, Circa 1960
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
For customers that require professional insured delivery we are proud to have teamed up with a nationwide professional delivery company that will assist with coordinating your delive...
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Vintage 1960s American Directoire Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

French Rococo Style Bureau Plat
Located in Kastrup, DK
An elegant French rococo style bureau plat writing desk made in walnut with ormolu accents
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Antique Late 19th Century French Rococo Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Bronze

French Rococo Style Bureau Plat
French Rococo Style Bureau Plat
H 29.93 in W 47.25 in D 27.96 in
French Louis XV Style Figural Maple Burl Writing Desk Napoleon Bureau Plat 72"
Located in Dayton, OH
Monumental Louis XV / Napoleon III style office desk. A serpentine form made from birdseye maple with three large dovetailed drawers in the frieze and long tapered cabriole legs. Fea...
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Late 20th Century Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Bronze

Louis XV Style Bureau Plat Writing Desk, Rosewood and Ormulu
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Antique Louis XV style bureau plat writing desk, rosewood and Ormulu mounts, raised on cabriole
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Bronze

Gustavian Neoclassical Mahogany Writing Chest / Bureau on High Stand, 1800s
Located in Lucenec, SK
Swedish Gustavian mahogany writing cabinet. The writing part is covered with a black patent leather
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Antique 19th Century French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Antique Louis Revival Ormolu Bureau Plat Desk Writing Table 19th C
Located in London, GB
This is a gorgeous antique French Louis Revival gilt bronze mounted wood bureau plat, Circa 1860 in
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Antique 1860s French Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Ormolu

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
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Ormolu

Antique Bureau Desk in Walnut Cartonnier Writing Office Table Provencal Rustic
Located in West Hollywood, CA
French Provencal antique campagne Campaign High-end Countryside writing bureau in good condition and
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Antique 18th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Metal

Magnificent Grand Bureau / Writing Desk Louis XV, After Francois Linke, Paris
Located in Berlin, DE
Magnificent grand bureau/writing desk Louis XV, After Francois Linke The desk has an estimated
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Late 20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Designer Writing Desk / Bureau Plat in Louis XV Style, Piano Black
Located in Berlin, DE
Black designer writing desk / bureau plat in Louis XV style Piano black polished veneer on solid
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

French Napoleon III Bureau Plat - Desk
Located in Atlanta, GA
A stunning and very fine 19th century French Napoleon III bureau plat - writing desk. Masterfully
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Antique 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

French Napoleon III Bureau Plat - Desk
French Napoleon III Bureau Plat - Desk
H 29.5 in W 51.38 in D 33.5 in
Antique French Louis XV Style Bureau
Located in London, GB
A stunning antique French bureau, dating from around the 1890-1910 period. It is of extremely fine
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Antique 1890s French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Ormolu

Antique French Louis XV Style Bureau
Antique French Louis XV Style Bureau
H 36.62 in W 27.96 in D 18.12 in
19th Century French Ladies Bureau Plat
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very good quality late 19th Century French, ormolu mounted Kingwood veneered small ladies bureau
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Porcelain, Mahogany

19th Century French Ladies Bureau Plat
19th Century French Ladies Bureau Plat
H 28.75 in W 26.38 in D 16.54 in
Antique French Walnut Bureau Plat Desk
Located in London, GB
A stunning antique French walnut bureau plat desk, dating from around the 1900-1910 period. It is
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Antique Early 1900s French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Ormolu

Antique French Walnut Bureau Plat Desk
Antique French Walnut Bureau Plat Desk
H 29.93 in W 44.89 in D 24.02 in
19th Century antique Louis XV Style Bureau Plat Writing Table bronze
Located in Berlin, DE
frame with slightly recessed and elevated knee compartment. Protruding, profiled and curved writing
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

French Empire Style Mahogany Bureau Plat
Located in Winter Park, FL
An early 20th century French Empire style bureau plat, or executive desk, with five dovetailed
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Mid-20th Century French Empire Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

French Empire Style Mahogany Bureau Plat
French Empire Style Mahogany Bureau Plat
H 30.25 in W 63 in D 31.25 in
Antique French Inlaid Bureau Plat Desk
Located in London, GB
An absolutely exquisite antique French inlaid bureau plat desk. This was made in France, it dates
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Antique 1880s French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Ormolu

Antique French Inlaid Bureau Plat Desk
Antique French Inlaid Bureau Plat Desk
H 28.75 in W 41.74 in D 27.17 in
20th Century Elegant Black Bureau Plat / Writing Desk in Louis XV, Beech
Located in Berlin, DE
20th century elegant black bureau plat / writing desk in Louis XV, beech Exclusive bureau plat
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Bronze

20th Century antique Louis XV Style Bureau Plat Writing Table Piano White
Located in Berlin, DE
Bureau plat writing table in the style of Louis XV style, silvered bronze fittings. Piano lacquer
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Beech

20th Century antique Louis XV Style Bureau Plat Writing Table Piano Black
Located in Berlin, DE
Bureau plat writing table in the style of Louis XV style, silvered bronze fittings. Piano lacquer
Category

20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Beech

19th Century French Rosewood Bureau De Dame
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a good quality French rosewood Bureau De Dame. The top of the bureau has a nice brass
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Antique 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Rosewood

19th Century French Rosewood Bureau De Dame
19th Century French Rosewood Bureau De Dame
H 37.01 in W 29.53 in D 17.33 in
20th Century Luxurious White Bureau Plat / Writing Desk in Louis XV Style
Located in Berlin, DE
20th century luxurious white bureau plat / writing desk in Louis XV style Solid beechwood
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Bronze

Antique 19th Century Louis XV Style Bureau Plat Writing Table Mahogany veneer
Located in Berlin, DE
Bureau plat in the style of the Louis XV Napoleon III Paris, circa 1850-1880. In Bois-Satiné veneer
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Antique 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

20th Century Luxurious White Bureau Plat / Writing Desk in Louis XV Style
Located in Berlin, DE
20th century luxurious white bureau plat / writing desk in Louis XV style Solid beechwood
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Bronze

Antique French Leather Top Bureau Plat Desk
Located in London, GB
A stunning antique French leather top bureau plat desk, made in France and dating from around the
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Vintage 1930s French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Ormolu

Antique French Leather Top Bureau Plat Desk
Antique French Leather Top Bureau Plat Desk
H 29.93 in W 56.7 in D 25.99 in
Antique 19th Century Louis XV Bureau Writing Table in Wood and Bronze
Located in BILBAO, ES
, with four looking forward, imposing curly legs, on all sides scalloped. Profiled and curved writing
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Antique 1880s French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

18th Century French Regence Walnut Bureau Plat
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful 18th century French Regence Bureau Plat. Four drawers, with pieced leather top with
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Antique 18th Century French Regency Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Metal

French Louis XV Style Walnut Bureau Plat
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage midcentury French walnut bureau plat with parquetry top & pull outs on each side. Bronze
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Walnut

19th Century French Feminine Boulle Bureau
Located in Marbella, ES
19th century French feminine Boulle bureau (office desk, escritoire).
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Antique 1850s Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Bronze

19th Century French Feminine Boulle Bureau
19th Century French Feminine Boulle Bureau
H 39.38 in W 27.96 in D 19.3 in
Small 19th Century French Boulle Bureau Plat
By André-Charles Boulle
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A good quality small late 19th century French Boulle inlaid bureau plat, having an inset leather
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Small 19th Century French Boulle Bureau Plat
Small 19th Century French Boulle Bureau Plat
H 28.35 in W 29.53 in D 18.9 in
French Linke Influenced Bureau Plat, circa 1890
By François Linke
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very good quality late 19th century French Louis XVI style mahogany bureau plat, in the manner of
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Ormolu

French Linke Influenced Bureau Plat, circa 1890
French Linke Influenced Bureau Plat, circa 1890
H 28.75 in W 37.41 in D 24.02 in
Vintage French Provincial Petit-Bureau de Dame
Located in Forney, TX
A beautiful petit-bureau de dame (also known as bonheur de jour or lady's secretary desk). Born in
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood, Paint

Antique French Renaissance Walnut Desk ~ Bureau Plat
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique French Renaissance walnut desk ~ Bureau plat was found along the southern coast of France
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Early 20th Century French Renaissance Revival Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Bronze

Fine C19th French Thuya wood & Marquetry Bureau Plat
By Jean-François Oeben
Located in Dereham, GB
Fine C19th French Thuya wood & Marquetry Bureau Plat Top with Green inset Leather writing surface
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Antique 1870s French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Burl

20th Century Elegant Veneered Bureau Plat or Writing Desk in Louis XV Style
Located in Berlin, DE
Elegant veneered bureau plat or desk in Louis XV style Solid beechwood and veneer. Very fine
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Bronze

20th Century Imperial Bureau Plat / Writing Desk in the Style of Louis XVI
Located in Berlin, DE
Imperial bureau plat / desk in the style of Louis XVI Piano black polished veneer on solid oak
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20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Bronze

20th Century imperial Bureau Plat / Writing Table in the Style of Louis XVI
Located in Berlin, DE
writing furniture. A real eyecatcher guaranteed. Literature: 19th century European Furniture - Christopher
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20th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

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French Writing Bureau For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal French writing bureau for your home. Each French writing bureau for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, metal and animal skin. If you’re shopping for a French writing bureau, we have 628 options in-stock, while there are 3 modern editions to choose from as well. There are many kinds of the French writing bureau you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Each French writing bureau bearing Louis XV, Louis XVI or Empire hallmarks is very popular. François Linke, Maison Jansen and Paul Sormani each produced at least one beautiful French writing bureau that is worth considering.

How Much is a French Writing Bureau?

The average selling price for a French writing bureau at 1stDibs is $7,791, while they’re typically $171 on the low end and $1,844,713 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right desks-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.

Questions About French Writing Bureau
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 3, 2023
    In French, the term for a writing desk that often featured a drop-down writing surface is secretaire. This type of desk is called a secretary desk in English. Simply put, a secretary desk is a multifunctional piece of furniture with a hinged writing surface that folds open or drops down. When the leaf is folded out, small inner storage compartments, which are called pigeonholes, cubbies, recesses or drawers, are revealed. On 1stDibs, shop antique secretary desks from some of the world's top sellers.