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Civilized Primitives Desk
By Kiki van Eijk, Kiki & Joost
Located in Eindhoven, NL
Civilized Primitives is an extraordinary unique collection that brings together natural elements and the old technique of bronze casting. The designer investigates the basic and func...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

  • Civilized Primitives Desk
  • Civilized Primitives Desk
  • Civilized Primitives Desk
  • Civilized Primitives Desk
H 76.38 in. W 39.38 in. D 27.56 in.
Primitive Antique Early American Pine Slant Top Writing Desk Country Farmhouse
Located in Dayton, OH
American pine slant top writing desk, circa 19th century. Features an aged distressed patina. Great for use or display!   Height at bottom of slant - 32"
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Antique 19th Century Rustic Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Antique Pine Wood Primitive Desk, Spain
Located in Kawaguchi city, Saitama
Antique pine wood desk with a large drawer. From Spain. Circa 1820s. Excellent patina. Perfect for use or display.
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Antique 1820s Spanish Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

  • Antique Pine Wood Primitive Desk, Spain
  • Antique Pine Wood Primitive Desk, Spain
  • Antique Pine Wood Primitive Desk, Spain
  • Antique Pine Wood Primitive Desk, Spain
H 29.73 in. W 53.75 in. D 27.96 in.
Custom Desk or Writing Table Made from Reclaimed Pine
By Ken Petersen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This custom desk or writing table is made from reclaimed pine with one large drawer that can be pulled out from either side. The table shown here is 17.5" x 42" but the price applies...
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2010s American Primitive Desks and Writing Tables

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Reclaimed Wood

17th Century Style Rustic Primitive Handcrafted Farmhouse Custom Table Line
Located in Encinitas, CA
17th Century Style Rustic Primitive Handcrafted Farmhouse Table Line available in custom sizes. Introducing our "Primitivo" table line; a rustic, primitive plank top farmhouse table ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Primitive Desks and Writing Tables

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Fir

Custom Primitive Saint Anthony Table by Dos Gallos Studio
By Dos Gallos Studio
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Custom walnut dining table or desk with X-stretchers. Narrow profile. 1inch thick top. Can be made in walnut, oak or mahogany in a range of finishes. Shown here in a medium walnut wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Spanish Colonial Desks and Writin...

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Walnut

19th century American Primitive Writing Desk
Located in Savannah, GA
American Primitive that was crudely made with square nails and iron hinges. All original in as found condition with nicks and scratches. Someone long ago has carved the number 1 in p...
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Antique 1850s American Primitive Decorative Boxes

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Pine

  • 19th century American Primitive Writing Desk
  • 19th century American Primitive Writing Desk
  • 19th century American Primitive Writing Desk
  • 19th century American Primitive Writing Desk
H 11 in. W 23.75 in. D 19.5 in.
Primitive Antique Early American Cherry Slant Top Writing School Desk
Located in Dayton, OH
A charming 19th century slant top writing desk. Made from cherry with turned legs leading to peg feet. Features a backsplash with turned finials and large storage area underneath top...
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Antique 19th Century American Colonial Desks and Writing Tables

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Cherry

Primitive Swedish Writing Table in Oak
Located in Nashville, TN
Primitive Swedish writing table in oak. Original black paint on the top, which opens for storage.
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Antique 1880s Desks and Writing Tables

  • Primitive Swedish Writing Table in Oak
  • Primitive Swedish Writing Table in Oak
  • Primitive Swedish Writing Table in Oak
  • Primitive Swedish Writing Table in Oak
H 33 in. W 48 in. D 30 in.
Tall White Primitive Desk
Located in Culver City, CA
An early standing desk, with worn white paint and original brass hardware. Made in France circa 1870.
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Antique 1870s French Country Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

  • Tall White Primitive Desk
  • Tall White Primitive Desk
  • Tall White Primitive Desk
  • Tall White Primitive Desk
H 42 in. W 67 in. D 29 in.
Primitive Children's School Desk
Located in Culver City, CA
Wonderful early bank of desks with individual flip up storage.
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Antique 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

  • Primitive Children's School Desk
  • Primitive Children's School Desk
  • Primitive Children's School Desk
  • Primitive Children's School Desk
H 31 in. W 118 in. D 16 in.
Vintage Rustic Solid Pine Writing Desk
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous primitive rustic pine writing desk. The desk features solid wood construction and beautiful knotty pine wood grain. It has a single drawer for storage. The desk is finishe...
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Mid-20th Century American Primitive Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

  • Vintage Rustic Solid Pine Writing Desk
  • Vintage Rustic Solid Pine Writing Desk
  • Vintage Rustic Solid Pine Writing Desk
  • Vintage Rustic Solid Pine Writing Desk
H 30 in. W 39.25 in. L 30 in.
Original Rustic & Primitive Petite French Writing Table w/Drawer
Located in Chicago, IL
Spectacular original early 18th century French writing table with drawer. Oozing with charm and character, this table has just the right appearance and style offering oodles of perso...
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Antique 1780s French Country Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

19th Century Five Drawer Wooden Writing Desk
Located in New Rochelle, NY
American primitive 19th century wooden writing desk with five deep set keyhole drawers that go the full width of the top. The side drawers have dividers which are original to the pie...
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Antique 19th Century American Primitive Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

18th Century Spanish Wooden Folding Table/ Writing Desk
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Beautiful Spanish table with an iron support. This table has a simple and straightforward design, and the support beneath it scrolls from one side to other beneath. As you can see on...
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Antique 18th Century Spanish Primitive Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Primitive / Country Style Wooden School Desk / Table
Located in Oakville, CT
Antique Primitive country / farm style wooden desk / school table with a single drawer. Incredible natural wear to the desk all around, especially the top and legs. Measures: 31 1/4"...
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Early 20th Century American Country Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Early 20th c. Primitive Farmhouse Desk, c.1920-1940
Located in San Francisco, CA
About A rustic primitive farmhouse desk with one drawer and metal pull. Painted wood on the bottom and unpainted on top. Very sturdy. Refinished with an oil and paste wax only. Con...
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Early 20th Century Rustic Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Late 18th Century French Primitive Slanted School Desk
Located in Basingstoke, Hampshire
A late 18th century French primitive slanted school desk. Featuring its original dry scraped paint, raised on tapering legs. Measures: Height - 78cm Width - 84cm Depth - 45cm.
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Antique Late 18th Century Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

An Americana 19th Century Tavern Table/Desk
Located in Bellport, NY
A one drawer early 19th century pine wood desk/table. Original iron casters on feet, seats four, good uses would be a desk or dining table.
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Antique 19th Century American Primitive Desks and Writing Tables

Antique American Gray Distress Painted 1 Drawer Small Work Table Desk
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique American gray distress painted one drawer small work table desk. Item features solid wood construction, distressed finish, 1 drawers, very nice antique item, great style and ...
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Early 20th Century North American Primitive Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Industrial Zinc Top Work Table
Located in Culver City, CA
Primitive work table with large pull out drawer, and original zinc top. Made in Italy circa 1790.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Primitive Desks and Writing Tables

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Zinc

  • Industrial Zinc Top Work Table
  • Industrial Zinc Top Work Table
  • Industrial Zinc Top Work Table
  • Industrial Zinc Top Work Table
H 31.5 in. W 44.5 in. D 30.5 in.
Primitive Desk
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Primitive American style wood desk fronted by a single drawer and sits on square legs. Distressed top panel with a warm patina and soft feel, and extra wide construction. Simple clea...
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20th Century American Primitive Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

  • Primitive Desk
  • Primitive Desk
  • Primitive Desk
  • Primitive Desk
H 30 in. W 48 in. D 20 in.
Primitive Painted Desk
Located in Culver City, CA
Two-drawer desk in worn period finish with remnants of the original paint.    
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Early 20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

  • Primitive Painted Desk
  • Primitive Painted Desk
  • Primitive Painted Desk
  • Primitive Painted Desk
H 29.5 in. W 47 in. D 33.5 in.
Antique Pine Wood American Primitive Flip Storage Work Plantation Desk Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique pine wood American primitive flip storage work plantation desk table. Item features desirable aged patina, lift top with storage, tapered legs, very nice antique plantation d...
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Antique 19th Century North American Primitive Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Primitive Teak Desk/Work Table
Located in San Francisco, CA
Bleached Teak made from recycled wood. Single drawer with divider and wood pulls. Stretcher base on sides and crossbar.
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21st Century and Contemporary Indonesian Desks and Writing Tables

Wooden Desk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Wooden Desk
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Antique 1890s American Primitive Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

  • Wooden Desk
  • Wooden Desk
  • Wooden Desk
  • Wooden Desk
H 30.5 in. W 38 in. D 27 in.
Spanish Primitive Single Drawer Work Table (reference # PAR49)
Located in San Francisco, CA
Extremely primitive and rare piece of pine. These pieces usually do not survive because of soft wood and extreme conditons when they existed.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Spanish Desks and Writing Tables

Early Primitive Desk with Original Paint
Located in Southampton, NY
Primitive desk with a lift top retains it's original paint and aged patina. Late 18th century. Beautiful original blue paint.
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Antique 18th Century Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

19th Century Primitive Americana Pine Desk
Located in Summerland, CA
19th century primitive Americana pine desk. Slightly slant top opens to storage below with cubby slots. There are also slots to hold notes and pencils above the desk area and a small...
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Antique Late 19th Century Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

  • 19th Century Primitive Americana Pine Desk
  • 19th Century Primitive Americana Pine Desk
  • 19th Century Primitive Americana Pine Desk
  • 19th Century Primitive Americana Pine Desk
H 42 in. W 37.5 in. D 29 in.

Primitive Writing Desk For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal primitive writing desk for your home. Each primitive writing desk for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, softwood and pine. There are 16 variations of the antique or vintage primitive writing desk you’re looking for, while we also have 4 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer primitive writing desk, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right primitive writing desk, those designed in Modern styles are of considerable interest. A well-made primitive writing desk has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Dos Gallos Studio, Ken Petersen and Kiki van Eijk are consistently popular.

How Much is a Primitive Writing Desk?

A primitive writing desk can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $2,825, while the lowest priced sells for $495 and the highest can go for as much as $36,610.

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.