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Louis XVI Style Mahogany, Satinwood, Ebony and Ormolu Writing Desk by D. Ross
By Donald Ross
Located in London, GB
Louis XVI style mahogany, satinwood, ebony and ormolu writing desk by Donald Ross English, Late 19th Century Height 73cm, width 108cm, depth 64cm This excellent piece, a table à...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Vintage Regency Burl Wood and Brass Ormolu Writing Desk
Located in west palm beach, FL
Fabulous vintage Regency writing desk. Beautiful Burl frame with and inset leather top and brass Ormolu details. Large and impressive. Acquired from a Palm Beach estate.
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Early 20th Century North American Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

French 19th Century Louis XVI St. Mahogany and Ormolu Writing Desk
By François Linke
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A most elegant French 19th century Louis XVI St. mahogany and ormolu writing desk, attributed to F. Linke. The lovely desk is raised by circular tapered fluted legs with fine foliate...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks

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Ormolu

Dark Mahogany French Louis XVI Gilt Trim Brass Ormolu Writing Desk Bureau Plat
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a fantastic double side desk with one side having three drawers, each dovetailed and one side having false drawers. Both sides are shown. The desk is in a French-polished fin...
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Vintage 1950s 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

Desk Ormolu Black and Gold Vintage French Writing Brass Curves Wood Ornate
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Lovely ornate vintage black and gold with ornate brass metal details on the legs French ormolu writing desk with drawer. So elegant with beautiful curves. Original finish, top has so...
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20th Century American Hollywood Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Antique French Ormolu Mounted Escritoire Writing Desk
Located in London, GB
A stunning antique French writing table, also known as an escritoire. This dates from around the 1930’s. It is has a very beautiful and useful design, with a very elegant form. Th...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

French Andre Arbus Ormolu Maple Writing Desk
By André Arbus
Located in New York, NY
French 1940s ormolu mounted maple writing desk with leather inset top above 2 frieze drawers on lyre form trestle supports. (attributed to ANDRE ARBUS)
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

  • French Andre Arbus Ormolu Maple Writing Desk
  • French Andre Arbus Ormolu Maple Writing Desk
  • French Andre Arbus Ormolu Maple Writing Desk
  • French Andre Arbus Ormolu Maple Writing Desk
H 29.25 in. W 58.5 in. D 27 in.
Antique French Ormolu Mounted Kingwood & Inlay Slant-Front Writing Desk Ca. 1880
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique French Ormolu Mounted Kingwood with Inlay Slant-Front Writing Desk, Circa 1880.
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Antique Late 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

French Louis XVI Kingwood Veneer, Ormolu, and Red Leather Writing Desk
Located in New York, NY
French Louis XVI style (19th century) writing desk with kingwood veneer, a rectangular red leather desktop with embossed gold border and brass trim, with two extendable writing surfa...
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Antique 19th Century Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Kingwood

Régence Style Marquetry Writing Desk
Located in London, GB
A magnificent and very rare Régence style marquetry inlaid grand bureau plat or writing desk. Inscribed to the carcass 'Moreaux 72'. Dating from the second half of the nineteen...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

  • Régence Style Marquetry Writing Desk
  • Régence Style Marquetry Writing Desk
  • Régence Style Marquetry Writing Desk
  • Régence Style Marquetry Writing Desk
H 37.41 in. W 87.8 in. D 43.31 in.
Vintage French Louis XV Style Marquetry Inlay Bronze Ormolu Small Writing Desk
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage French Louis XV style marquetry inlay bronze ormolu small writing desk. Item features ornate bronze ormolu, lower shelf with inlaid desk set, satinwood floral inlay throughou...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Glass, Satinwood

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

Louis XV Style Ebonized Writing Desk
Located in Locust Valley, NY
An ebonized writing desk in Louis XV style with cabriole legs and ormolu mounts to the feet, two drawers, a curved apron and a glass top.
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20th Century Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

  • Louis XV Style Ebonized Writing Desk
  • Louis XV Style Ebonized Writing Desk
  • Louis XV Style Ebonized Writing Desk
  • Louis XV Style Ebonized Writing Desk
H 28.25 in. W 41.75 in. D 22.25 in.
French Louis XV Style Writing Desk
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
Louis XV style writing desk from France, circa 1840, will elevate any home office or library to the next level of sophistication. Gorgeous red leather writing surface with gold tooli...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu, Metal, Brass

  • French Louis XV Style Writing Desk
  • French Louis XV Style Writing Desk
  • French Louis XV Style Writing Desk
  • French Louis XV Style Writing Desk
H 28.50 in. W 48.25 in. D 23.50 in.
Vintage Empire Style Walnut Ormolu Mounted Writing Table 20th C
Located in London, GB
This is a grand Empire Revival Vintage writing table in walnut with beautiful ormolu mounts and tooled leather writing surface, dating from the last quarter of the 20th century. T...
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Vintage 1980s Empire Revival Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Rococo Style Writing Desk Mounted with Gilt Bronze
Located in London, GB
Rococo style writing desk mounted with gilt bronze French, late 19th century Measures: Height 78cm, width 134cm, depth 64cm This superb Rococo style desk was produced in the lat...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu, Bronze

  • Rococo Style Writing Desk Mounted with Gilt Bronze
  • Rococo Style Writing Desk Mounted with Gilt Bronze
  • Rococo Style Writing Desk Mounted with Gilt Bronze
  • Rococo Style Writing Desk Mounted with Gilt Bronze
H 30.71 in. W 52.76 in. D 25.2 in.
French 19th Century Mahogany Travel Writing Desk
Located in London, GB
French 19th century mahogany travel writing desk French, 19th century Measures: Height 94cm, width 53cm, depth 18cm This fine and delicate desk exhibits a striking level of craf...
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Antique 19th Century French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

  • French 19th Century Mahogany Travel Writing Desk
  • French 19th Century Mahogany Travel Writing Desk
  • French 19th Century Mahogany Travel Writing Desk
  • French 19th Century Mahogany Travel Writing Desk
H 37.01 in. W 20.87 in. D 7.09 in.
19th Century Kingwood and Ormolu Writing Table
Located in Martlesham, GB
A free standing 19th century French Kingwood and ormolu writing table, having a curved superstructure with divided compartments, the shaped top with a brass moulded edge, green leath...
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Antique 1890s French Desks and Writing Tables

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Kingwood

Antique French Ormolu Mounted Bureau Plat Desk 19th C
Located in London, GB
This is a elegant antique French Louis Revival gilt bronze mounted bureau plat, Circa 1860 in date. The shaped top has a decorative gilt bronze border, raised corner cartouches a...
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Antique 1860s French Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

French Louis XVI Style Kingwood Parquetry & Ormolu Mounted Ladies Writing Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very fine French 19th-20th century louis XVI style kingwood parquetry and ormolu-mounted ladies writing table, the body surrounded by bronze moldings. The apron repeats the parquet...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

French Gilt Bronze and Marquetry Writing Desk After Cressent
By Charles Cressent
Located in London, GB
French gilt bronze and marquetry writing desk after Cressent. French, late 19th century Measures: height 79cm, width 134cm, depth 76cm This very fine desk was retailed by the ce...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Régence Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Ormolu-Mounted Marquetry Roll-Top Desk Attributed to P. Bernard
By Jean-Henri Riesener
Located in London, GB
After the model by Jean-Henri Riesener (French, 1734-1806). Of the Napoleon III period, in the Louis XVI style, with fruitwood and ebony inlaid in bois de citronnier, mahogany and...
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Antique 19th Century French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Antique Louis Revival Ormolu Mounted Bureau Plat Desk 19th C
Located in London, GB
This is a gorgeous antique French Louis Revival gilt bronze mounted amaranth bureau plat, Circa 1860 in date. The shaped top has a decorative gilt bronze border, raised corner car...
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Antique 1860s French Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Antique French Louis Revival Ormolu Bureau Plat Desk, 19th C
Located in London, GB
This is a gorgeous antique French Louis Revival gilt bronze mounted amaranth bureau plat, Circa 1880 in date. The rectangular top has a decorative gilt bronze border, raised corn...
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Antique 1880s French Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Antique English Victorian Marquetry Writing Desk by Donald Ross
By Donald Ross, Edwards & Roberts
Located in London, GB
Antique English Victorian marquetry writing desk by Donald Ross English, c. 1890 Measures: Height 75cm, width 108cm, depth 64cm This superb mahogany writing desk by Donald Ross ...
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Antique 1890s English Neoclassical 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 Burr Walnut, Olive Wood, Ebonized, Ormolu Mounted Pedestal Desk
By Holland & Sons
Located in London, GB
A beautiful Victorian burr walnut, olivewood, ebonized and ormolu-mounted pedestal desk, attributed to Holland & Sons, circa 1870 in date. The rectangular top with an inset black gi...
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Antique 1870s English Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

19th Century Satinwood Writing Desk Attributed to Holland & Sons
By Holland & Sons
Located in London, GB
A Stately Satinwood writing desk Attributed to Holland & Sons Constructed from finely figured satinwood dressed with ormolu mounts, rising from brass castors, the fluted legs hav...
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Antique 19th Century English Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu, Bronze, Brass

Alexandre Chevrie, Museum French Ormolu Mounted Mahogany Royal Executive Desk
By Alexandre Chevrié, Paris 1
Located in New York, NY
Alexandre Chevrie, a museum quality French ormolu mounted mahogany Royal Executive "Empire" Desk, circa 1875. Double sided desk with six solid bronze lions paw feet, framed ormolu...
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Antique 19th Century French Napoleon III Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Walnut Ormolu Mounted Kidney Shaped Antique Desk
Located in Antrim, GB
Magnificent inlaid burr walnut ormolu mounted kidney shaped antique desk with two drawers. {Tooled leather green hide} c1870 Measures: 43ins x 19ins x 29.5ins high {Brass shaped...
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Antique Late 19th Century European Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

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

Antique Ormolu Mounted Bureau Plat Desk Hopilliart Paris 18th Century
Located in London, GB
This is a fine and rare antique ormolu mounted French wood and marquetry bureau plat, Circa 1790 in date. It has highly decorative ormolu mounts that are signed VD on the undersid...
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Antique 1790s French Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Antique French Louis Revival Ormolu Mounted Bureau Plat Desk 19th C
Located in London, GB
This is a gorgeous antique French Louis Revival gilt bronze mounted bureau plat, Circa 1860 in date. The rectangular top has a decorative gilt bronze border, raised corner cartou...
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Antique 1860s French Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

French 19th Century Regence Style Rosewood, Ormolu and Brass Desk
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An extremely elegant French 19th century Regence st. rosewood, ormolu and brass desk. The desk is raised by beautiful cabriole legs with most decorative flutes, fitted brass chandell...
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Antique 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Ormolu

French 19th Century Empire St. Mahogany and Ormolu Executive Desk
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An extremely handsome and impressive French 19th century Empire st. mahogany and ormolu executive desk. At the frieze is a central wider drawer flanked by smaller drawers at each sid...
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Antique 19th Century French Empire Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

French 19th Century Louis XVI St. Mahogany and Ormolu Desk
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A striking and most elegant French 19th century Louis XVI st. Mahogany and ormolu desk. The desk is raised by fine topie shaped feet with striking fitted ormolu acanthus leaf sabots ...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

French 19th Century Louis XVI St. Mahogany and Ormolu Desk
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An exquisite and very attractive French 19th century Louis XVI st. mahogany and ormolu desk. The desk is raised by elegant circular tapered fluted legs with ormolu fine topie shaped ...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Antique French Napoleon III Ormolu Mounted Table Desk & Jardiniere, Circa 1865
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique French Napoleon III Ormolu mounted table desk and jardiniere, Circa 1865-1875.
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Antique 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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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

Unusual Transition Style Marquetry and Gilt Bronze Double Sided Writing Desk
Located in London, GB
Unusual Transition style marquetry and gilt bronze double sided writing desk French, early 20th Century Height 98cm, width 130cm, depth 94cm This rare doubled-sided writing desk...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Antique Neoclassical Style Writing Desk with Porcelain Mounts by Donald Ross
By Donald Ross
Located in London, GB
Antique neoclassical style writing desk with porcelain mounts by Donald Ross English, Late 19th century Dimensions: Height 133cm, width 108cm, depth 61cm This beautiful writing ...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Ormolu Mounted Louis XV Style Kingwood and Marquetry Desk by Zwiener
By Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener
Located in London, GB
An Ormolu mounted Louis XV style kingwood and marquetry desk by Zwiener French, klate 19th century. Height 77cm, width 140cm, depth 76cm. This superb piece, of exceptional quali...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

French 19th Century Transitional St. Mahogany And Ormolu Cabinet/Secretary Desk
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A unique and very high quality French 19th century Transitional st. mahogany and ormolu cabinet/secretary desk. The secretary is raised by most elegant slender cabriole legs with bea...
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Antique 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Antique French Ormolu Mounted Kingwood Desk by J Werner
By Jean Werner
Located in Antrim, GB
Exhibition quality antique French ormolu mounted Kingwood desk stamped by the important Paris furniture maker J Werner circa 1860 . This desk has been expertly crafted with Kingwo...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Empire Desks and Writing Tables

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Kingwood

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

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Ormolu

French 19th Century Transitional St. Kingwood, Tulipwood and Ormolu Desk
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An elegant French 19th century Louis XV st. Rosewood, Kingwood, Tulipwood, ormolu, and Incarnat Turquin marble desk. The three drawer desk is raised by slender cabriole legs with fin...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Ormolu

Parquetry Inlaid and Gilt Bronze Mounted Writing Desk by Edwards & Roberts
By Edwards & Roberts, Jean-Henri Riesener
Located in London, GB
Parquetry inlaid and gilt bronze mounted writing desk by Edwards & Roberts English, 19th century Measures: Height 74cm, width 82cm, depth 48cm This important writing table is af...
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Antique 19th Century English Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu, Bronze

Monument French Neoclassic Style Ormolu Mounted Mahogany Desk
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Original Louis XVI style desk built from solid mahogany, topped with a black leather writing surface. Below the top, there is a central frieze drawer mounted with ormolu scrolls, and...
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Vintage 1960s Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Desk marquetry with Ormolu Bronze by F.Linke
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Magnificent desk in marquetry and ormolu bronze bear the mark of F.Linke transitional style XV, XVI.
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Antique Early 1900s Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

French 18th Century Louis XV Period Kingwood, Tulipwood and Ormolu Desk
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A most elegant and extremely high quality French 18th century Louis XV period Kingwood, Tulipwood, and ormolu desk circa. 1750. The Bureau à Cylindre desk is raised by beautiful cabr...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

French 19th Century Louis XV St. Kingwood, Tulipwood and Ormolu Desk
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A most elegant French 19th century Louis XV st. kingwood, tulipwood and ormolu desk. The desk is raised by beautiful slender tapered cabriole legs with fine fitted foliate ormolu sab...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

French 19th Century Louis XV St. Kingwood, Mahogany and Ormolu Desk
By François Linke
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A stunning and most unique French 19th century Louis XV st. Belle Époque period Kingwood, Mahogany and ormolu desk signed by François Linke. The desk is raised by elegant cabriole le...
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Antique 19th Century French Belle Époque Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

French 19th Century Louis XVI St. Mahogany, Kingwood and Ormolu Desk
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An elegant French 19th century Louis XVI st. mahogany, kingwood and ormolu kidney shaped writing desk. The desk is raised by slender circular tapered fluted legs with fine foliate to...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

French 19th Century Louis XVI St. Mahogany, Ormolu and Brass Desk
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An elegant and high quality French 19th century Louis XVI st. Mahogany, ormolu, and brass desk. The six drawer Bonheur du Jour desk is raised by most decorative slender topie shaped ...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Ormolu

French Bureau Plat Marquetry Leather Top Desk with Orig. Ormolu Mounts, C. 1770
Located in Charleston, SC
French bureau plat marquetry leather top three drawer desk with hearing bone inlays, three opposite side faux drawers, original floral ormolu mounts, brass escutcheons, brass knobs, ...
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Antique 1770s French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Ormolu

'James Bond' Boulle Marquetry Writing Desk in the Louis XIV Manner
By Toms & Luscombe
Located in London, GB
A bureau plat in the Louis XIV manner By Toms and Luscombe shown at the 1862 International Exhibition, London Featured in the 1962 classic James Bond film "Dr. No" starring Sean Conn...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Louis XIV Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu, Brass, Bronze

French 19th Century Louis XVI St. Mahogany and Ormolu Center Table / Desk
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A stunning French 19th century Louis XVI st. mahogany and ormolu center table / desk. The table is raised on topie feet below an ormolu rosette block and reeded supports with ormolu ...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

French Louis XV Style Ormolu Olive Burl Wood Desk
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Offering One Of Our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of A French Louis XV Style Ormolu Olive Burl wood desk Featuring 3 drawers and 2 cabinets with key and lock...
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Mid-20th Century Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

English 19th century William IV bronze mounted Regency Writing Table or Desk
Located in Troy, NY
Elegant William IV writing table, top with an inset black leather and writing surface and gilt bronze edge, on a giltwood base with a black leather foot rest and elaborate gilt bronz...
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Antique 19th Century English Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

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Ormolu Writing Desk For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal ormolu writing desk for your home. Each ormolu writing desk for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, metal and ormolu. Your living room may not be complete without a ormolu writing desk — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A ormolu writing desk is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Louis XV, Louis XVI and Empire styles are sought with frequency. You’ll likely find more than one ormolu writing desk that is appealing in its simplicity, but François Linke, Donald Ross and Henry Dasson produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Ormolu Writing Desk?

A ormolu writing desk can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $8,790, while the lowest priced sells for $497 and the highest can go for as much as $562,642.

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.