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19th Century Roll Top Desk & Bookcase
Located in Naples, FL
This desk is sure to impress with its antique charm. The roll top and bookcase provide ample
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Antique 19th Century American Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Glass, Wood

Secretary Desk, Tambour Roll Top
By Bombay Furniture Co.
Located in Clermont, FL
maintains it s sturdy structure, with good wood surface condition despite age. Roll top opens to an inlaid
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21st Century and Contemporary American Neoclassical Desks and Writing Ta...

Materials

Wood

Secretary Desk, Tambour Roll Top
Secretary Desk, Tambour Roll Top
H 40.5 in W 30 in D 20 in
American Victorian Aesthetic Movement Roll Top Desk
By Herter Brothers
Located in New York, NY
American Victorian Aesthetic Movement ebonized roll top lady's desk with gallery top upper section
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Antique 19th Century American Aesthetic Movement Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Mahogany

Small George III Mahogany Roll Top Desk
Located in Dallas, TX
A small George III roll top desk with tambour front. Mahogany with satinwood inlay around drawers
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Antique Late 18th Century English George III Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Mahogany

Small George III Mahogany Roll Top Desk
Small George III Mahogany Roll Top Desk
H 38.75 in W 32.25 in D 24 in
Roll Top Writing Desk by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
roll-top compartments flanking a central writing surface with a flip-down back splash, floating on a
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

English Arts and Crafts Oak Roll Top Desk
Located in New York, NY
English Arts and Crafts oak roll top desk with side drawers and leather top.
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Antique Late 19th Century English Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Leather, Oak

Superb 1920s Oak Roll Top Desk
Located in Dublin, IE
A superb 1920s beautifully patinated oak roll top desk of neat proportions, finely carved and of
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Vintage 1920s English Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Oak

Superb 1920s Oak Roll Top Desk
Superb 1920s Oak Roll Top Desk
H 40 in W 42 in D 27 in
Early 20th Century French Empire Style Roll-Top Desk
Located in London, GB
Early 20th century French Empire style roll-top desk French, early 20th century Dimensions
Category

Early 20th Century French Empire Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Marble, Ormolu

Free Standing English Regency Tambour Roll Top Writing Desk
Located in Kastrup, DK
An elegant 19th century freestanding mahogany roll top writing desk. Tambour top rolls back to
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Rosewood Roll Top Desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A rosewood tambour roll top desk with brass feet and leather trim. Designed by Edward Wormley for
Category

Vintage 1950s Desks

English Mahogany and Gold Accented Roll Top Desk
Located in New York, NY
English Victorian style mahogany roll top desk that opens to reveal drawers, letter holders, and a
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Antique Late 19th Century Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Metal, Ormolu

Large French Neoclassical Mahogany Roll-Top Desk
Located in Troy, NY
French mahogany Empire desk of stately proportions, with a roll top, revealing a double row of
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Antique Early 19th Century French Empire Desks

Materials

Mahogany

Swedish Mid-Century Modern Roll Top Desk, circa 1960s
Located in Chapel Hill, NC
Swedish mid century modern roll top desk, circa 1960s. Designed by Egon Ostergaard, for SMI Sweden
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

Large Francois Linke Roll Top Desk
By François Linke
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Large and very fine Francois Linke roll top desk French late 19th-early 20th century Bureau a
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Antique Early 1900s Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

Large Francois Linke Roll Top Desk
Large Francois Linke Roll Top Desk
H 49 in W 58 in D 32 in
19th century William IV mahogany roll top writing desk
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Fine quality English mahogany roll top desk circa 1830. Rare piece of English furniture we found
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Antique Mid-19th Century English William IV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Louis XVI Style French Marquetry Roll Top Bureau De Damme
Located in London, by appointment only
A fine 19th century roll top bureau de damme in the Louis XVI style, with fine veneers and panels
Category

Antique 19th Century French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Marble, Bronze

Antique Horner School Oak S-Roll Top Desk C1910
Located in Big Flats, NY
the manner of Horner offers paneled oak construction with s-roll top opening to interior with storage
Category

Early 20th Century Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Oak

1920s United States Roll Top Office Desk with Drawers and Wheels
Located in Marbella, ES
1920 United States roll top office desk with drawers and wheels.
Category

Early 20th Century North American Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

French Empire Style Mahogany Roll Top Desk with Bronze Gilt Trim
Located in New York, NY
French Empire style (19th Century) mahogany roll top desk with bronze trim.
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Antique 19th Century French Empire Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Bronze

Ormolu-Mounted Marquetry Roll-Top Desk Attributed to P. Bernard
By Jean-Henri Riesener
Located in London, GB
three-quarter galleried rectangular top above a roll-top, opening to reveal a leather-lined writing
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Antique 19th Century French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Ormolu

Antique American Arts & Crafts Oak Roll Top Desk, Circa 1890s
By Stickley Brothers
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional antique Arts & Crafts desk with unique folding roll top USA, Circa 1890s Beautiful
Category

Antique Late 19th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks

Materials

Brass

George Nelson Action Office Architect's Roll-Top Desk for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Dallas, TX
Striking black and walnut roll-top architect's desk with three drawers and hidden file storage
Category

Mid-20th Century American Desks

Materials

Aluminum

Petit Roll Top Mahogany Mechanical Desk Writing Table Tapered Legs Mid Century
By Edward Wormley
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Beginning of Mid Century Modern era Petit Roll Top Mahogany Mechanical Desk Writing Table Tapered
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Mahogany

American Antique Reproduction Roll Top Desk with Top Cupboard
Located in EDENSOR PARK, NSW
but looks like an antique, comes with keys to both roll top and below drawers, desk has 9 small
Category

Late 20th Century Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Oak

Bernhardt Pedersen Danish Style Mid Century Rosewood Roll Top Desk
By Bernhard Petersen
Located in Countryside, IL
Bernhardt Pedersen Danish style mid-century rosewood roll top desk The desk measures: 35.5 wide x
Category

Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Rosewood

Antique English Burled Walnut & Mahogany Ladies Roll Top Desk Circa 1890
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique English ladies desk offers burled walnut and mahogany construction with roll top opening
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Antique Late 19th Century English Desks

Materials

Mahogany, Walnut, Burl

Bernhardt Pedersen Danish Mid Century Modern Rosewood Roll Top Desk
By Bernhard Pedersen & Son
Located in Plainview, NY
A rare Bernhardt Pedersen & Son Danish Mid Century Modern roll top writing desk crafted from
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Rosewood

Antique George III Hepplewhite Inlaid Mahogany Roll Top Secretary Desk, C1820
Located in Big Flats, NY
crest having satinwood inlaid elements over double glass door bookcase surmounting roll top desk with
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Antique Early 19th Century English Hepplewhite Desks

Materials

Mahogany, Glass

Antique Roll-Top Desk, English, Bureau, Aesthetic Period, Victorian, Circa 1880
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique roll-top desk. An English, mahogany and leather tambour bureau in Aesthetic
Category

Antique Late 19th Century British Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

Antique Derby School Paneled Oak Roll Top Desk with Full Interior, C1900
By Derby Desk Company
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique roll top desk offers paneled quarter sawn oak construction with s-top opening to full
Category

Early 20th Century American Desks

Materials

Oak

Grand Antique Estate Pedestal Desk, English Roll Top Secretaire, Victorian, 1860
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is a grand antique estate pedestal desk. An English, quality mahogany and satinwood roll-top
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Antique Mid-19th Century British Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

Fine 19th Century François Linke Bronze Mounted Bureau a Cylindre Roll Top Desk
By François Linke
Located in Miami, FL
Bureau a Cylindre or roll top desk is a splendid creation. Mahogany with a deep plum color and richly
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Bronze

Oak Roll Top Secretary Desk with Drawers
Located in Madrid, ES
Oak secretary / writing desk from circa 1900's. Featuring a roll-up flap with underlying writing
Category

Early 20th Century British Edwardian Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Oak Roll Top Secretary Desk with Drawers
Oak Roll Top Secretary Desk with Drawers
H 47.25 in W 51.19 in D 29.53 in
George III Mahogany Roll-Top Writing Table
Located in New York, NY
sides; raised on square tapering legs ending in brass caps and casters; surmounted by a tambour roll-up
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Antique 1790s English George III Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

George III Mahogany Roll-Top Writing Table
George III Mahogany Roll-Top Writing Table
H 39.25 in W 36.25 in D 24.25 in
Excellent Rosewood Roll Top Desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid-Century Modern
By Edward Wormley
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Classic roll top desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar with leather footrest. This stately executive
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Vintage Drexel Campaign Desk with Gilt X-Base Legs and Low Roll Top
By Drexel
Located in Stamford, CT
Fabulous vintage Campaign style low roll top desk with gilt X-leg base by Drexel. This is such a
Category

Mid-20th Century American Campaign Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

Mid 19th Century Mahogany Roll Top Writing Desk
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
Roll bureau or roll secretary. Mid 19th century. Solid mahogany and veneered on oak. Standing
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Mahogany, Oak

Mid 19th Century Mahogany Roll Top Writing Desk
Mid 19th Century Mahogany Roll Top Writing Desk
H 57.88 in W 55.91 in D 34.26 in
M.W. Jr American Studio Roll Top Desk
By Michael Watson, Jr.
Located in Brooklyn, NY
signed, dated, numbered edition 5/5
Category

Vintage 1970s American Desks

Materials

Birdseye Maple, Maple

M.W. Jr American Studio Roll Top Desk
M.W. Jr American Studio Roll Top Desk
H 41 in W 45.5 in D 29.5 in
English Edwardian Fully Fitted Oak Serpentine Roll Top Desk - Twin Pedestal
Located in Leicester, GB
Beautiful English Edwardian double pedestal, roll top oak desk. Handsomely made by ‘HLL’ Harris
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Vintage 1910s British Edwardian Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Oak

Mastercraft Compact Brass Cylinder Roll Top Desk Writing Table
By Mastercraft
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern brass cylinder top faux bamboo base legs, embossed black leather pull out top
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

19th C China Trade Roll Top Lap Desk on Stand
Located in Charleston, SC
A early-19th century Asian hardwood lap desk on stand. A similar one is pictured in "The Decorative Arts of The China Trade," page 248. The stand is a replacement made from pearwood.
Category

Antique 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Desks

Materials

Wood

Mid Century Danish Modern Roll Top Desk or Dresser in Rosewood
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A writing desk and cabinet from Denmark circa 1960's. It features beautifully grained rosewood with tons of storage. Writing table extends outwards which isn't shown in photos. Comes...
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Rosewood

Very Fine 19th Century Louis XVI Roll Top Desk by Paul Sormani
By Paul Sormani
Located in Dallas, TX
bronze mounts with a beautiful marble top. Signed Paul Sormani.
Category

Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Marble, Bronze

Rosewood Roll top Desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Model 452. All Original
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Kansas City, MO
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Model 452 Rosewood Tambour Door Executive Desk in very good completely original condition. Two rolltops, one on each side and three drawers. Large work se...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Roll Black Desk
By Garbarino Collections
Located in Milan, IT
tempered glass and features a cylinder hutch with a roll-top lid of Ebony (also in Walnut Canaletto) that
Category

2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Glass, Ebony, Leather, Oak

Roll Black Desk
Roll Black Desk
H 35.83 in W 53.15 in D 29.53 in
Antique Victorian Walnut Cylinder Roll Up Desk, Scotland 1870, H345
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique Victorian Walnut Cylinder Roll up Desk, Roll Top Desk, Scotland 1870, H345 Scotland 1870
Category

Antique 1870s Scottish Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Walnut

Antique French Walnut Tambour Top Desk
Located in Denton, TX
Rare 19th century French walnut roll top desk in the style of Louis XV. The tambour door locks with
Category

Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Oak, Walnut

Antique French Walnut Tambour Top Desk
Antique French Walnut Tambour Top Desk
H 40.75 in W 46.5 in D 26.5 in
Walnut Lectern by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A unique and elegant lectern in walnut with a roll top cover and a single drawer.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Walnut

Walnut Lectern by Edward Wormley
Walnut Lectern by Edward Wormley
H 44.25 in W 24 in D 22 in
Wonderful and Extremely Rare Frattini Secretary for Bernini
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Munich, DE
By pulling the drawer the tambour roll top opens automatic. Then you can double the size of the
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

Art Deco Ebonized Pearwood Two-Tier Tambour Top Writing Desk
Located in New York, NY
Art Deco ebonized pearwood writing desk with a tambour roll top upper section concealing four pairs
Category

20th Century French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood, Leather, Fruitwood

Adams Style Vernis Martin Paint Decorated Antique Cylinder Desk
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Antique Adams style distressed paint decorated cylinder desk. Roll top desk containing storage, 2
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Early 20th Century Adam Style Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

804 rosewood rolltop desk by Gianfranco Frattini for Bernini 1960s
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Stavenisse, NL
Rare roll-top desk model 804 designed by Gianfranco Frattini and manufactured by Bernini, Italy
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Metal

French Louis XVI Bureau a Cylindre, Mahogany and Gilt Bronze Mounts
Located in Houston, TX
19th century desk with a Cylindre roll top opening to a leather top that pulls out for ease In use
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Mahogany

Antique 19thC English Victorian Hobbs Kneehole Cylinder Roll Writing Bureau Desk
By Hobbs & Co.
Located in Dayton, OH
drawers with roll top that opens to multiple compartments and cubbies, three more drawers, leather top
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Antique 19th Century Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Leather, Oak

Sheraton Revival Satinwood Cylinder Bureau
Located in Cheshire, GB
galleried superstructure above a roll top with marquetry inlaid floral decoration, enclosing a fitted
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Antique Late 19th Century British Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Satinwood

Antique Adam Decorated Satinwood Ladies Cylinder Desk, Circa 1900
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique Adam decorated ladies desk offers satinwood construction with roll top opening to
Category

Early 20th Century Adam Style Desks

Materials

Satinwood

George III Mahogany Tambour Desk
Located in Essex, MA
tambour roll top opening to expose a pull out writing surface with adjustable ratcheted cream colored fine
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Antique Late 18th Century English George III Desks

Materials

Mahogany

George III Mahogany Tambour Desk
George III Mahogany Tambour Desk
H 41 in W 38.5 in D 23 in
No. 804 Rolltop Desk
By Bernini, Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Munich, DE
drawers behind the roll top and on the back there are shelves for books. Nice from every few it can be
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Wood

No. 804 Rolltop Desk
No. 804 Rolltop Desk
H 31.5 in W 39.38 in D 25.6 in
Robert Propst For Herman Miller Action Office Stand-Up Desk
Located in Pasadena, TX
roll top, ebonized side panels, wooden work surface, and pencil drawer. Design allows it to be set at
Category

Vintage 1970s American Desks

Materials

Metal

Vintage Italian Regency Burlwood Laminate Saber Leg Tall Secretary Desk Display
Located in Philadelphia, PA
. Item features tall shapely cabriole/saber legs, broken arch top with finial, roll top desk, burl wood
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Late 20th Century North American Regency Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Glass, Laminate, Burl

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Roll Top Desks For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of roll top desks available for sale. Frequently made of wood, metal and mahogany, all roll top desks available were constructed with great care. Roll top desks have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. Roll top desks are generally popular furniture pieces, but Mid-Century Modern, Louis XVI and Victorian styles are often sought at 1stDibs. Some roll top desks are too large for some spaces — a variety of smaller roll top desks, measuring 19 inches across, are available at 1stDibs. Many roll top desks are appealing in their simplicity, but Edward Wormley, George Nelson and Herman Miller produced popular roll top desks that are worth a look.

How Much are Roll Top Desks?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $4,783, while they’re typically $325 on the low end and $135,000 highest priced.

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.

Questions About Roll Top Desks
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A roll top desk kept small essentials and paperwork organized. The roll top design was ideal for business people to secure their desks at the end of the day without filing away their work. Browse a variety of roll top desks on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A roll top desk is a piece of furniture that has a wooden cover that can be pulled down when the desk is not in use. Shop a collection of roll top furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Sometimes, roll-top desks are called tambours, sliding roll desks or roll-up desks. However, roll-top is the most commonly used name. The style of desk became popular during the 19th century. You can find a range of roll-top desks on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Roll-top desks are originally from the late 18th century in the Georgian era of England. By the middle of the Victorian era, they were found in most offices and produced on a large scale. Shop a range of antique roll-top desks on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To tell if a roll-top desk is an antique, look closely at the materials. Real antiques feature hardwoods like cherry, mahogany and black walnut. If you detect the use of engineered woods, the desk is a reproduction. Also, early pieces show off irregular dovetail joints. Joints that appear perfectly uniform indicate that a roll-top desk is a more recent mass-produced piece. On 1stDibs, shop a variety of expertly vetted antique roll-top desks.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 12, 2021
    A roll top desk can be worth anywhere between $3,000 to $6,000, depending on the condition, materials used and time of manufacturing. Roll top desks are expensive, as they are very popular on the antique furniture market and are considered timeless collectibles. Shop a range of antique and vintage roll top desks on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A variety of factors can determine the exact age of an antique roll top desk. Some things to look for is the type of wood and craftsmanship used to create the desk. Typically, older desks will be made from heavier wood. You can also check for a maker’s marks to determine the age. When in doubt, work with a certified appraiser to determine the authenticity of your roll top desk. You’ll find a variety of expertly vetted roll top desks on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
    The leather top on a desk is usually just called a leather top. However, some people refer to it as a leather insert or leather writing surface. The thin pieces of leather that go into making leather-top desks are known as skivers. Shop a variety of desks from some of the world's top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertAugust 24, 2021
    Yes, you can paint a leather desk top. You can transform an old leather desk top and add visual appeal with easy-to-use leather paint. If you don’t feel confident in trying this by yourself, get in touch with a furniture restorer or related professional for help. Find a variety of leather desk tops on 1stDibs.