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Louis Xiv Bureau Plat

Henry Dasson Bureau Plat
By Henry Dasson
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A fine quality French kingwood, ormolu-mounted bureau plat by Henry Dasson Having a three quarter
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Louis XIV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Ormolu

  • Henry Dasson Bureau Plat
  • Henry Dasson Bureau Plat
  • Henry Dasson Bureau Plat
  • Henry Dasson Bureau Plat
H 29 in. W 36 in. D 21 in.
French Boulle Bureau Plat / Library Table, Late 18th Century
By André-Charles Boulle
Located in Charleston, SC
Exceptional French Boulle bureau plat has the English feel of a library table with the four rams
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XIV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass, Bronze, Ormolu

20th Century Bureau Plat Desk According to the Style of Andre Charles Boulle
Located in Berlin, DE
Piano black polished veneer on solid beech and oak. Extremely finely chiselled bronze. Slightly protruding, profiled tabletop and gold-embossed leather insert, flanked by a grotesque...
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20th Century French Louis XIV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Beech

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Louis XIV-Style Boulle Bureau Plat
Located in New Orleans, LA
The elegance of Boulle marquetry is fully realized in this Louis XIV-style bureau plat, which
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XIV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

  • Louis XIV-Style Boulle Bureau Plat
  • Louis XIV-Style Boulle Bureau Plat
  • Louis XIV-Style Boulle Bureau Plat
  • Louis XIV-Style Boulle Bureau Plat
H 34 in. W 60 in. L 34 in.
Unusual Louis XIV Style Bureau Plat
Located in Westwood, NJ
Unusual Louis XIV style leather top carved, painted and parcel gilt Bureau Plat.
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Antique 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

  • Unusual Louis XIV Style Bureau Plat
  • Unusual Louis XIV Style Bureau Plat
  • Unusual Louis XIV Style Bureau Plat
  • Unusual Louis XIV Style Bureau Plat
H 29.5 in. W 63 in. D 31.5 in.
Paul Sormani Louis XIV Style Bureau Plat
By François Linke
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Paul Sormani Louis XIV style bureau plat. French, circa 1870. The lockplate to the central drawer
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Antique 1870s Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

  • Paul Sormani Louis XIV Style Bureau Plat
  • Paul Sormani Louis XIV Style Bureau Plat
  • Paul Sormani Louis XIV Style Bureau Plat
  • Paul Sormani Louis XIV Style Bureau Plat
H 29.50 in. W 45 in. D 16.50 in.
Louis XIV - XV Walnut Leather Top Bureau Plat, 18th century
Located in Westwood, NJ
Louis XIV - XV walnut leather top bronze mounted bureau plat.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Desks

Mid-19th Century Louis XVI Style Mahogany Brown Wood Bureau Plat
Located in London, GB
A mid-19th century Louis XVI style mahogany bureau plat, with original leather top with gilt
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Louis XIV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

19th Century French Mahogany Inlaid Bureau Plat
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Fine quality French bureau plat of small proportions, circa 1870. Beautifully inlaid to the top
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XIV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Mahogany

  • 19th Century French Mahogany Inlaid Bureau Plat
  • 19th Century French Mahogany Inlaid Bureau Plat
  • 19th Century French Mahogany Inlaid Bureau Plat
  • 19th Century French Mahogany Inlaid Bureau Plat
H 31 in. W 40.75 in. D 25.75 in.
Antique French Louis XIV Style Mahogany Satinwood Parquetry & Ormolu Bureau Plat
Located in Big Flats, NY
French Louis XIV style bureau plat writing desk features mahogany construction with three drawers
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20th Century French Louis XIV Desks

Materials

Ormolu, Metal

Italian Louis XV Style Bureau Plat
Located in Asheville, NC
Ladies desk or dressing table, dove gray painted finish with gold decoration, one drawer in the scalloped apron, hoof foot beneath curved and molded X stretchers with a carved diamon...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XIV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Marble

  • Italian Louis XV Style Bureau Plat
  • Italian Louis XV Style Bureau Plat
  • Italian Louis XV Style Bureau Plat
  • Italian Louis XV Style Bureau Plat
H 28 in. W 43 in. D 25 in.
Antique Shaped Bureau Plat with Brass Gilt Mounts
Located in Benington, Herts
A fine quality antique French kingwood shaped bureau plat/desk with well cast brass mounts, circa
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Vintage 1920s French Louis XIV Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Kingwood

  • Antique Shaped Bureau Plat with Brass Gilt Mounts
  • Antique Shaped Bureau Plat with Brass Gilt Mounts
  • Antique Shaped Bureau Plat with Brass Gilt Mounts
  • Antique Shaped Bureau Plat with Brass Gilt Mounts
H 29.93 in. W 56.3 in. D 34.26 in.
Louis XIV style bureau plat
Located in Hudson, NY
Louis XIV style bureau plat. French 19th Century. Beautiful marquetry inlay and brass mounts. Green
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Antique 19th Century French Desks

Materials

Brass

  • Louis XIV style bureau plat
  • Louis XIV style bureau plat
  • Louis XIV style bureau plat
  • Louis XIV style bureau plat
H 29 in. W 68 in. D 34.5 in.
French Louis XIV Style Pewter Inlaid Rosewood Bureau Plat, circa 1880
Located in London, GB
An exquisite French Napoleon III period pewter inlaid rosewood bureau plat in the Louis XIV Mazarin
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Antique 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Pewter

18th Century Louis XVI Tulipwood Bureau Plat or Writing Table
Located in London, GB
The black leather inset top with cross-banded border and brass edging over a frieze veneered on all sides with cross-banded panels and having three raised on square tapering legs wit...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XIV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

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.