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French Mahogany Partners Desk
Located in New York, NY
French mahogany partners desk. Antique mahogany partners desk with six drawers beneath the black Greek-key tooled leather top supported by gilt bronze Hermes with an additional six d...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

  • French Mahogany Partners Desk
  • French Mahogany Partners Desk
  • French Mahogany Partners Desk
  • French Mahogany Partners Desk
H 30.5 in. W 57 in. D 38 in.
Mahogany Oval Partner's Desk
Located in New Orleans, LA
This extraordinary and extremely rare oval-shaped English partner's desk features beautifully figured mahogany and its original tooled leather top. Drawers and shelves are hidden beh...
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Antique 19th Century English Victorian Desks

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Mahogany

  • Mahogany Oval Partner's Desk
  • Mahogany Oval Partner's Desk
  • Mahogany Oval Partner's Desk
  • Mahogany Oval Partner's Desk
H 30 in. W 59.5 in. D 44.25 in.
George III Partners Desk
Located in Hudson, NY
George III partners desk. Red leather and gilded trim top with bronze mounts. Four drawers on one side five drawers on the other.
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Antique Early 19th Century British Desks and Writing Tables

  • George III Partners Desk
  • George III Partners Desk
  • George III Partners Desk
  • George III Partners Desk
H 30.75 in. W 54.75 in. D 34 in.
English Georgian Mahogany Partner's Desk
Located in New York, NY
English Georgian style mahogany partner's desk with kneehole design surrounded by drawers and 3 section leather top.
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20th Century English Georgian Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Mahogany

American Mahogany Partners Desk
Located in Charleston, SC
American mahogany partners desk with carved acanthus, baise top, and ending on lions paw feet. Desk has original wooden knobs and casters.
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Antique 19th Century American Desks

  • American Mahogany Partners Desk
  • American Mahogany Partners Desk
  • American Mahogany Partners Desk
  • American Mahogany Partners Desk
H 32.25 in. W 72.5 in. D 42.25 in.
Scandinavian Partners Desk, circa 1850
Located in Aalsgaarde, DK
Fine Scandinavian partners desk with two drawers, circa 1850.
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Antique 19th Century Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

  • Scandinavian Partners Desk, circa 1850
  • Scandinavian Partners Desk, circa 1850
  • Scandinavian Partners Desk, circa 1850
  • Scandinavian Partners Desk, circa 1850
H 28.35 in. W 52.37 in. D 31.11 in.
Custom English Partners Desk
Located in Woodbury, CT
Featuring handsomely grained mahogany on raised side panels, this partners desk would make an attractive addition to any office. From its antiqued, hand tooled leather top to its fou...
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21st Century and Contemporary English Georgian Desks

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Leather, Mahogany

  • Custom English Partners Desk
  • Custom English Partners Desk
  • Custom English Partners Desk
  • Custom English Partners Desk
H 30.5 in. W 61.5 in. D 43.5 in.
English Leather Top Partners Desk
Located in Palm Beach, FL
19th century English partners desk hand crafted in mahogany with a tooled leather top and brass hardware, one side with nine drawers, the other side with three drawers and two cabine...
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Antique 19th Century English Georgian Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

  • English Leather Top Partners Desk
  • English Leather Top Partners Desk
  • English Leather Top Partners Desk
  • English Leather Top Partners Desk
H 32 in. W 54 in. D 38.5 in.
Magnificent Italian Parquetry Partners Desk
Located in Dallas, TX
Truly outstanding Italian kingwood and mahogany parquetry partners desk. Having tasteful bronze hardware, tooled leather top and writing slides and 5 working drawers on each side. Ex...
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Antique Early 1900s Italian Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

  • Magnificent Italian Parquetry Partners Desk
  • Magnificent Italian Parquetry Partners Desk
  • Magnificent Italian Parquetry Partners Desk
  • Magnificent Italian Parquetry Partners Desk
H 31 in. W 78.5 in. D 41.5 in.
English Sheraton Mahogany Kneehole Partners Desk
Located in New York, NY
19th century English Sheraton style light mahogany kneehole partners desk with oval leather top and inlaid trim.
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Antique 19th Century English Sheraton Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

English British Colonial Partners Desk
Located in Palm Beach, FL
19th century English partners desk hand crafted in mahogany and French polished in the traditional old world manner, having the original tooled leather top, two drawers on either sid...
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Antique 19th Century English British Colonial Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Mahogany

  • English British Colonial Partners Desk
  • English British Colonial Partners Desk
  • English British Colonial Partners Desk
  • English British Colonial Partners Desk
H 30 in. W 71 in. D 41 in.
English Regency Lacquered Chinoiserie Partners Desk
Located in New York, NY
English Regency style red lacquered chinoiserie decorated knee hole partners desk with green leather 3 panel top.
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Antique 19th Century English Chinoiserie Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Lacquer

Florence Knoll Partners Desk, Dining Table
By Florence Knoll
Located in Sharon, CT
The Classic Knoll Partners desk, or dining table with four drawers in rosewood on steel pedestal base.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Rare "Partners Desk" by Mogens Koch
By Mogens Koch
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Rare 'Partners Desk' mahogany desk with four drawers, profiled edge and brass shoes. Designed in 1938. Mogens Koch / N. C. Jensen Kjær.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

  • Rare "Partners Desk" by Mogens Koch
  • Rare "Partners Desk" by Mogens Koch
  • Rare "Partners Desk" by Mogens Koch
  • Rare "Partners Desk" by Mogens Koch
H 29.53 in. W 74.02 in. D 37.01 in.
Antique English Mahogany Partner's Desk, Circa 1900
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique English mahogany partner's desk, circa 1900.
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Early 20th Century English Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Mahogany

American Oak Raised Panel Partners Desk, circa 1900
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An American oak raised panel partners desk circa 1900.
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Antique Early 1900s Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

English Regency Inspired Partners Desk, C. 1950
Located in Nordhavn, DK
English Partners desk / desk with 3 drawers on each side. End has imitated drawers. Top has inlaid reddish-brown leather with embossed patterns, faint remnants of gold. God patina....
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Mid-20th Century English Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

  • English Regency Inspired Partners Desk, C. 1950
  • English Regency Inspired Partners Desk, C. 1950
  • English Regency Inspired Partners Desk, C. 1950
  • English Regency Inspired Partners Desk, C. 1950
H 29.53 in. W 52.37 in. D 32.29 in.
19th Century Mahogany Partners Desk
Located in Eindhoven, NL
Beautiful antique partner desk in mahogany with good patina. 1 side with 9 drawers and 1 side with 3 drawers and 2 cabinets. Entirely in very good condition. Light brown weathered le...
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Antique 1860s Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

  • 19th Century Mahogany Partners Desk
  • 19th Century Mahogany Partners Desk
  • 19th Century Mahogany Partners Desk
  • 19th Century Mahogany Partners Desk
H 30.12 in. W 59.85 in. D 38.59 in.
George III Period Mahogany Partner's Desk, circa 1800
Located in Lymington, GB
A George III period mahogany partner’s desk, circa 1800. This is a very good quality Georgian English partner’s desk of classic proportions. Excellent deep, rich color and patina...
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Antique Early 1800s English George III Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

English Partner Desk, Writing Desk
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid wood, mahogany stained. Baluster-shaped table legs with roller feet. Profiled 2-drawer frame box, slightly protruding tabletop. Green writing surface decorated with extraordina...
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Antique 19th Century English Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany, Leather

  • English Partner Desk, Writing Desk
  • English Partner Desk, Writing Desk
  • English Partner Desk, Writing Desk
  • English Partner Desk, Writing Desk
H 28.35 in. W 48.04 in. D 30.71 in.
Partners Desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A mahogany partners desk with original leather top and base and brass hardware. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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Vintage 1950s Desks

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Mahogany

English 19th Century Regency Partners Desk
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
This fine Regency partners desk comes from England, circa 1900. The whole is made of beautiful mahogany with a work surface made of worn green leather. The perimeter of the stunning ...
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Antique Early 1900s English Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

  • English 19th Century Regency Partners Desk
  • English 19th Century Regency Partners Desk
  • English 19th Century Regency Partners Desk
  • English 19th Century Regency Partners Desk
H 29.25 in. W 70.50 in. D 42.50 in.
19th Century French Directoire Partners Desk
Located in Dallas, TX
Fantastic 19th century French Directoire walnut partners desk. Having seven working drawers, nice bronze hardware, and leather-topped writing slide. Exhibiting a beautiful aged pati...
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Antique 19th Century French Directoire Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

English Georgian Mahogany Partner's Desk with Red Leather Top
Located in New York, NY
English Georgian style (19/20th Century) mahogany partner's desk with a red leather top, 3 sections.  
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20th Century Georgian Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Mahogany

19th Century Victorian Partner Desk
Located in Eindhoven, NL
Impressive mahogany partner desk with 8 drawers on both sides. Entirely in perfect condition. Entirely handmade with, among other things, handmade dovetail joints. Top with green gol...
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Antique 1850s English Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

  • 19th Century Victorian Partner Desk
  • 19th Century Victorian Partner Desk
  • 19th Century Victorian Partner Desk
  • 19th Century Victorian Partner Desk
H 30.32 in. W 72.84 in. D 38.59 in.
Early 19th Century Regency Mahogany Partners Desk
Located in Essex, MA
Period early 19th century Regency Mahogany Partners desk. Drawers on both sides. Great proportion. Excellent quality Mahogany. Leather top. --Provenance: Hutton Wilkinson for Tony...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Solid Maple 8-Drawer Partners Desk Writing Desk, circa 1950s
By Ethan Allen
Located in Germantown, MD
Ethan Allen Classic Manor solid Maple 8-Drawer Partners Desk Writing Desk, Circa 1950s Good vintage condition. All dovetails drawers working perfectly. Measures 44W x 22D x 29.5H ...
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Mid-20th Century American American Classical Desks and Writing Tables

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Maple

French Vintage Double Partners Desk with Marble
Located in Wolverhampton, GB
A French vintage double partners desk, finished in a light paint wash raw wood look with a newly cut curved marble top in carrara marble. Drawers on the one side and two cupboard...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble

  • French Vintage Double Partners Desk with Marble
  • French Vintage Double Partners Desk with Marble
  • French Vintage Double Partners Desk with Marble
  • French Vintage Double Partners Desk with Marble
H 30.32 in. W 59.45 in. D 36.03 in.
French 19th Century Empire Mahogany Partners Desk
Located in Troy, NY
Elegant French Empire bureau-plat or partners desk, The top, inlaid with a center-star-motive and small decorations on each corner, above five drawers, the middle one opening from th...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Empire Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

French Transitional Mahogany Partners Desk with Bronze Mounts
Located in Dallas, TX
Very handsome partners desk made of mahogany with lovely bronze mounts. Nice leather top as well. Very rare to find a smaller size like this with functional drawers on both sides. Gr...
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20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

French Modernist Mahogany Asymmetrical Partners Desk by Sappho Gallery
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Unique shape French Modernist mahogany Asymmetrical partners desk by Sappho Gallery. Measurements are taken at longest point of desk depth.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Early 19th Century Regency Mahogany Partners Desk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Astounding William IV partners desk in mahogany, with three frieze drawers to each side. Fine original gilt brass lions head pulls and antique olive tooled leather work surface. Turn...
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Antique 1820s English William IV Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

19th Century Monumental Victorian Mahogany Partners Desk
Located in New York, NY
A Monumental English Victorian Mahogany Partner’s desk, Second half 19th century. Desk has been restored in London with beautiful greek key leather top. One of the best examples that...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Victorian Desks

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Bronze

Large 19th Century Walnut Partners Desk
Located in Eindhoven, NL
Impressively large antique mahogany partner desk. The depth of 141 cm is special and also ideal for working with 2 people at the desk. Desk has 8 drawers on both sides, this is pract...
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Antique 1860s English Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

  • Large 19th Century Walnut Partners Desk
  • Large 19th Century Walnut Partners Desk
  • Large 19th Century Walnut Partners Desk
  • Large 19th Century Walnut Partners Desk
H 31.5 in. W 68.12 in. D 55.52 in.
Executive Roll Top Partner's Desk by Edward J Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
An elegant executive desk in mahogany with two rosewood roll-tops that open to conceal shallow drawers on the left and an open compartment on the right, these flank a hinged gallery ...
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Vintage 1950s American Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Fine 19th Century English Chinese Chippendale Mahogany Partners Desk
Located in Dallas, TX
A fine 19th century English Chinese Chippendale mahogany hand carved partners desk original leather top.
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Antique Late 19th Century English Chinese Chippendale Desks and Writing ...

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Mahogany

Early 19th Century Mahogany Pedestal Partners Desk
Located in New York, NY
This early 19th century George III pedestal partners desk has an inset tooled leather top, each side with three drawers across the top and three in each pedestal, for a total of eigh...
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Antique 1810s English George III Desks

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Leather, Mahogany

19th Century Chippendale Style Mahogany Partner's Desk
By Gillows of Lancaster & London
Located in Essex, MA
Fine 19th century Mahogany Chippendale style partners desk. Carved throughout. Adams inspired from The Directory. Green tooled leather top. Drop with Frieze drawers on both sides and...
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Antique 19th Century English Adam Style Desks

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Mahogany

Late 19th Century English Regency Mahogany Partners Desk
Located in Essex, MA
Late 19th century English Regency style leather top partners desk. Three drawers on both sides. Regency outswept legs and side supports. Original casters. Mahogany primary constructi...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Stunning Large Oversize Leather Top Two Pedestal Campaign Partners Desk Table
By Kittinger Furniture Company, Baker Furniture Company
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Stunning large oversize leather top two pedestal campaign partners desk table.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Fine Large Size 19th Century Partners Desk
Located in Dublin, IE
A very fine large size 19th century mahogany partners desk. The moulded top fitted with brown tooled leather writing skiver surface raised over frieze with three drawers to the fore ...
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Antique 19th Century English Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

  • Fine Large Size 19th Century Partners Desk
  • Fine Large Size 19th Century Partners Desk
  • Fine Large Size 19th Century Partners Desk
  • Fine Large Size 19th Century Partners Desk
H 30.75 in. W 72.25 in. D 39 in.
Antique English Mahogany Partner's Desk with Gadroon Border and New Leather
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique English mahogany partner's desk with gadroon border and new leather, circa 1890-1920.
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Antique Late 19th Century English Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Mahogany

English Regency Style Partners Desk with Leather Top, 20th Century
Located in Savannah, GA
English Regency style partners desk with leather top, 20th century. Height from floor to bottom of drawers is 25".
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20th Century English Regency Desks

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Walnut

19th Century Biedermeier Birch Wood Partner Desk, 1860s
Located in Roma, RM
Biedermeier desk, Swedish, in Biedermeier style, circa 1860. Partner desk, 5 drawers on both sides, in birch wood and birch briar. An important desk, with this warm and sunny color, ...
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Antique 1850s Swedish Biedermeier Desks and Writing Tables

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Birch

Antique French Partners Desk Writing Table Walnut Renaissance Conference
Located in Tyler, TX
Stunning antique French walnut renaissance revival partners desk, writing table, conference or library table~~highly carved~~c. 1890s With so many people working from home , DESK...
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Antique 1890s French Renaissance Revival Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Large Napoleon III Ebonized Partners’ Desk, circa 1860
Located in Lymington, Hampshire
A large Napoleon III ebonized partners’ desk, the rectangular leather inset top with copper stringing and a matching book slide at either end, each side with one long and two short d...
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Antique 1860s French Napoleon III Desks and Writing Tables

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Ebony

Antique Japanese Art Nouveau Dragon Carved 4 Drawer Partners Desk and Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique Japanese Art Nouveau Dragon carved 4 drawer partners desk and chair. Set includes (1) partner's desk with working drawers on both sides, (1) heavily carved arm chair with flo...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

19th Century French Mahogany Partners Desk with Three Drawers & Carved Legs
Located in Middleburg, VA
19th century French mahogany partners desk with three drawers & carved legs Measures: 32" H, 57" W, 28" D.
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Antique 19th Century French Desks

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Mahogany

19th Century French Renaissance Partner's Desk
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century French Renaissance Partner's desk features a faux leather top for convenience, good looks and comfort! Sculpted from solid old-growth oak, it is a particularly fine exam...
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Antique 1870s French Renaissance Revival Desks and Writing Tables

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Faux Leather, Oak

Restored Antique English Empire Rosewood Partner Desk, Circa 1820s
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional antique English Empire or Neoclassical executive partner's desk, England, Circa 1820s Rosewood, with inlaid walnut and satinwood starburst marquetry, ebonized le...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Empire Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

English Partners desk, Georgian style with red skiver top
Located in Toronto, CA
A classic English partners desk in Georgian style, with a red leather skiver top showing the character that comes with time. There is antique gold tooling around the edges. The desk ...
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20th Century English Georgian Desks

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Wood

19th Century English Victorian Mahogany Partners Desk
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a good quality exceptionally large Victorian mahogany partners desk, having a hand dyed green leather hide writing surface, decorated with blind and gold tooling, standin...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Victorian Desks

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Brass

  • 19th Century English Victorian Mahogany Partners Desk
  • 19th Century English Victorian Mahogany Partners Desk
  • 19th Century English Victorian Mahogany Partners Desk
  • 19th Century English Victorian Mahogany Partners Desk
H 29.93 in. W 66.15 in. D 108.08 in.
Warings Walnut Partner's Desk
By Samuel James Waring
Located in Whaley Bridge, GB
Sn5210 fine quality Edwardian figured walnut desk with fielded panelled sides, having new black tooled leather writing surface and three frieze drawers above further three mahogany l...
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Early 20th Century Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

  • Warings Walnut Partner's Desk
  • Warings Walnut Partner's Desk
  • Warings Walnut Partner's Desk
  • Warings Walnut Partner's Desk
H 30.315 in. W 59.055 in. D 33.071 in.
19th Century Walnut Partners Desk
Located in Savannah, GA
This is a walnut and Kashmir walnut partners desk made in England, circa 1890. The top of the desk is Walnut with 3 shaped pieces of beautiful brown leather with gold embossed toolin...
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Antique 1890s English George III Desks

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Walnut

  • 19th Century Walnut Partners Desk
  • 19th Century Walnut Partners Desk
  • 19th Century Walnut Partners Desk
  • 19th Century Walnut Partners Desk
H 32 in. W 72 in. D 42 in.
Early 19th Century George III Mahogany Pedestal Partners Desk
Located in New York, NY
Early 19th century George III mahogany Pedestal partners desk. Leather inset top above outset corners and cluster columns. Each plinth with three drawers and an opposing cupboard doo...
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Antique Early 1800s Irish George III Desks

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Mahogany

George II Style Walnut and Burl Walnut Partners Desk
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
George II style walnut and burl walnut leather top partners desk, circa 1930's. With original leather top, burled walnut drawers with herringbone inlay and etched brass hardware, bur...
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Vintage 1930s Unknown George II Desks

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Brass

Very Fine Early 19th Century Regency Partners Desk
Located in Dublin, IE
A very fine early 19th Century Regency mahogany partners desk. The moulded top fitted with wine gilt embossed tooled leather writing skiver surface raised over frieze with one long a...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

  • Very Fine Early 19th Century Regency Partners Desk
  • Very Fine Early 19th Century Regency Partners Desk
  • Very Fine Early 19th Century Regency Partners Desk
  • Very Fine Early 19th Century Regency Partners Desk
H 30.25 in. W 60.25 in. D 35.75 in.
English 19th Century Georgian Style Mahogany Oval Partners Desk with Leather Top
Located in New York, NY
English Georgian (19th century) mahogany oval partners desk with fretwork carved doors and brown leather top.  
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Antique 19th Century English Georgian Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Mahogany

RJ Horner Style Carved Maiden Figural Mahogany Partners Desk Writing Table
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a beautiful late Victorian era 1880s solid mahogany partners desk. The desk is done in the manner of RJ Horner and has carved maiden heads at each corner and a drawer on each...
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Antique 1870s American Late Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

19th Century Victorian English Partner Desk Column Shaped Legs Writing Table
Located in Berlin, DE
19th century Victorian English partner desk column shaped legs writing table Column shaped table legs. Desk with 2 drawers, slightly protruding tabletop. Writing surface with exce...
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Antique 19th Century English Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Mahogany

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Partners Desks For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of partners desks is available at 1stDibs. The range of distinct partners desks — often made from wood, mahogany and animal skin — can elevate any home. There are 727 antique and vintage partners desks for sale at 1stDibs, while we also have 10 modern editions to choose from as well. Partners desks have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. Partners desks made by Victorian designers — as well as those associated with Regency — are very popular at 1stDibs. Many partners desks are appealing in their simplicity, but Peter Løvig Nielsen, Florence Knoll and Jens Harald Quistgaard produced popular partners desks that are worth a look.

How Much are Partners Desks?

Partners desks can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $6,017, while the lowest priced sells for $800 and the highest can go for as much as $225,000.

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.

Questions About Partners Desks
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A peninsula desk is a two-sided desk, with each side designed with one long drawer. This functional desk makes working with a partner easy. You can shop a collection of peninsula desks from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A partners desk is thus called as it was originally built for use by partners at law firms. These expansive desks would usually be set up across from each other in the firm. On 1stDibs, find a collection of sturdy partners desks from top sellers.