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W25 Wishbone Drawer Desk by Skram
Located in Boston, MA
The W25 version of the wishbone drawer desk is an asymmetrical design. Features include book-matched veneer work with mitered, ‘waterfall’ edges, edges and corners protected with sol...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Stainless Steel

  • W25 Wishbone Drawer Desk by Skram
  • W25 Wishbone Drawer Desk by Skram
  • W25 Wishbone Drawer Desk by Skram
  • W25 Wishbone Drawer Desk by Skram
H 29.5 in. W 48 in. D 24 in.
18th Century Italian Louis XV Walnut Wood Writing Desk
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Elegant antique Italian Louis XV writing desk. The desk is made of walnut wood. beautiful wavy line with slender but solid legs. Plenty of space for your writing needs and two comfor...
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Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Louis XV Desks

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Walnut

Victorian Walnut Writing Slope Ebony and Abalone Shell Decoration to Borders
Located in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
A mid-19th century early Victorian burr walnut writing slope desk tidy box having an inset silver plated armorial cartouche to the lid with ebony and abalone shell decoration to bord...
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Antique 1850s English British Colonial Desk Sets

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Brass

Military Campaign Brass Bound Victorian Walnut Veneered Writing Slope with Key
Located in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
A military campaign brass bound walnut veneered writing slope, with a vintage pen. Opening up to reveal the classic fitted interior with black felt inlay. With one glass ink pot wi...
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Antique 1850s English British Colonial Desk Sets

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Brass

French 19th Century Walnut Writing Desk with Three Drawers and Original Hardware
Located in Santa Monica, CA
French 19th century walnut writing desk with three drawers and original hardware.
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Antique 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Kindel Furniture French Provincial Louis XV Walnut Writing Desk or Console
By Kindel Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional French Provincial Louis XV style carved walnut writing desk or console table By Kindel Furniture, USA, circa 1980s Measures: 52" W x 25.13" D x 30.5" H. Knee ...
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Late 20th Century American French Provincial Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Vintage Walnut Writing Desk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage writing desk with a radiant walnut woodgrain and spacious drawers for filing papers or storing items. Sculpted legs and brass footing add an element of Mid-Century Modern sty...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

  • Vintage Walnut Writing Desk
  • Vintage Walnut Writing Desk
  • Vintage Walnut Writing Desk
  • Vintage Walnut Writing Desk
H 29.75 in. W 52 in. D 23 in.
Antique Victorian Davenport Desk, Walnut Writing Desk, Scotland 1880, B2377
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique Victorian Davenport desk, walnut writing desk, Scotland 1880, B2377 Scotland 1880 Sloping top with brown leather writing surface With lifting stationary box on top with ...
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Antique 1880s Scottish Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Merton L. Gershun Walnut Writing Desk for American of Martinsville
By Merton Gershun, American of Martinsville
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Merton L. Gershun walnut writing desk for American of Martinsville.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Brass

Antique Walnut Writing Desk, Arts & Crafts Fall Front Desk, Scotland 1910 B2410
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique walnut writing desk, Arts & Crafts fall front desk, Scotland 1910, B2410 Scotland 1910 Solid walnut Original finish Three quarter gallery with finials Carved detail lid with...
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Vintage 1910s Scottish Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Antique English Queen Anne Style Burled Walnut Writing Desk, Circa 1900
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique English Queen Anne style burled walnut writing desk, Circa 1900.
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Antique Early 1900s English Desks

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Writing Desk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage modern writing desk featured in rich walnut grain. This desk sits on sleek tapered legs and has two spacious drawers. Please confirm the item location (NY or NJ).
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

  • Mid-Century Modern Walnut Writing Desk
  • Mid-Century Modern Walnut Writing Desk
  • Mid-Century Modern Walnut Writing Desk
  • Mid-Century Modern Walnut Writing Desk
H 28 in. W 20 in. D 48 in.
Biedermeier Walnut Writing Desk/Ebony Base
By Walter Biedermann
Located in Malibu, CA
Biedermeier writing desk/table with stunning walnut veneers. Tiny inlaid border with 2 tone band. The desk is resting on columns at each end with simple turnings and cross stretcher ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Desks and Writing Tables

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Hardwood, Walnut, Pine

Italian Rococo Burl & Walnut Writing Desk
Located in New York, NY
Italian Rococo style (late 19th Century) burl & walnut parquetry bureau plat / writing desk a kneehole drawer flanked by drawers on cabriole legs.
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Rococo Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Italian Rococo Burl & Walnut Writing Desk
H 31 in. W 55 in. D 31.5 in.
Antique French Carved Walnut Writing Desk Sofa Table Henri II Style c1900
Located in Shreveport, LA
Antique French carved walnut writing desk sofa table Henri II style c1900 ~Direct from France~ ~Beautiful profile for this antique French writing desk or sofa table!~ ~Carved Fr...
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Antique 19th Century French French Provincial Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Vintage Art-Deco Walnut Writing Desk, Switzerland, 1930
Located in Le Grand-Saconnex, CH
Writing desk Art-Deco, made in first half of last century, in Switzerland. High craftmanship, combined with top material choice and elegant design. The top is layed in "open book" ...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Walnut Writing Desk with Drawers, Made in Italy
By Riva 1920
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Writing desk made completely of solid walnut. The drawers are assembled with dovetail joints (includes 2 top drawers and 3 drawers under the desk). This writing desk is characterized...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Walnut

  • Walnut Writing Desk with Drawers, Made in Italy
  • Walnut Writing Desk with Drawers, Made in Italy
  • Walnut Writing Desk with Drawers, Made in Italy
  • Walnut Writing Desk with Drawers, Made in Italy
H 29.53 in. W 51.19 in. D 27.56 in.
19th Century Portuguese Carved Walnut Writing Desk
Located in Dallas, TX
Marvelous 19th century Portuguese carved walnut and oak two-drawer writing desk. Having handsome turned legs and supports, brass mounts, and excellent finish and patina.
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Antique 19th Century Portuguese Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Walnut

Austrian Josef Danhauser Style Biedermeier Walnut Writing Desk
By Josef Danhauser
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
The design of this Biedermeier walnut desk shows the influence of Austrian furniture designer Josef Danhauser (1780-1829), the most prominent furniture designer of the time. The desk...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Writing Desk by Mainline
By Mainline by Hooker
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Elegant, functional, and full of mid-century quality, this vintage writing desk by Mainline stands out with its rich walnut woodgrain and stylish design. Spacious compartments allow ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Art Deco or Art Nouveau Walnut Writing Desk
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Very nice big writing desk from the period around 1915, transition from Art Nouveau to the Art Deco period. The desk was made of walnut veneer on a pinewood body. The Desk can be cen...
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Vintage 1910s German Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

  • Art Deco or Art Nouveau Walnut Writing Desk
  • Art Deco or Art Nouveau Walnut Writing Desk
  • Art Deco or Art Nouveau Walnut Writing Desk
  • Art Deco or Art Nouveau Walnut Writing Desk
H 31.3 in. W 69.3 in. D 35.44 in.
Stripped-Brown Walnut Writing Desk by Gio Ponti
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Striking wooden desk by Italian designer Gio Ponti in raw condition with originals drawers, however missing knob hardware on 2 of the 4.
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20th Century Desks and Writing Tables

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Hardwood

Solid Walnut Writing Desk with Brass Inlay "Library Writing Desk"
By Anton Maka
Located in Shelby Twp, MI
The library writing desk is made of solid walnut with brass inlays. The desk drawer is split into two separate sections with a convenient divider and organizer. Offering both functio...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Organic Modern Desks and Writing ...

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Brass

Custom Hand-Carved Walnut Writing Desk with Pencil Drawer
By Dos Gallos Studio
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Small scale, petite writing desk with barley twist legs, carved edge and apron detail as well as hand forged iron stretchers. As shown, in Walnut with a medium distress. Can be made ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Spanish Colonial Desks and Writin...

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Walnut

Rosewood Walnut Writing Desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Dimensions: 54" W x 33.5" D x 29.5" H.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Four-Drawer Walnut Writing Desk by Sligh Lowry
By Sligh-Lowry Furniture Co.
Located in San Diego, CA
Mid-Century Modern four-drawer walnut writing desk with metal pulls and leg caps by Sligh-Lowry of Holland. MI, circa 1960s. The desk is finished on all sides and can be floated in t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Walnut

Kittinger Queen Anne Burled Walnut Writing Desk or Console Table
By Kittinger
Located in South Bend, IN
A beautiful Queen Anne style writing desk or console table By Kittinger USA, Circa 1960s Burled walnut top and drawer fronts, with solid walnut legs and original brass hardw...
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Mid-20th Century American Queen Anne Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Antique French Country Louis XV Walnut Writing Desk Table, Circa 1920
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a fantastic antique French desk. The desk is in good condition and measures 19 inches deep x 31 wide x 30 inches tall. The desk dates to teh 1920s.
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Vintage 1920s French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

19th Century Unique Restored German Biedermeier Walnut Writing Desk, 1830s
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Biedermeier writing desk Completely restored. Shellac polish. Material: Walnut veneer, lacquer Source: Germany Period: 1830-1839.
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Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Walnut, Lacquer

Geo, Walnut Writing Desk, Designed by Jamie Durie, Made in Italy
By Jamie Durie
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Writing desk with geometric design made of veneered blockboard, drawers assembled with dovetail joints and legs in solid wood. Made in Italy: Made in Italy furniture means design...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Walnut

Gore Vidal's Victorian Walnut Writing Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This six drawer, two sided Victorian writing desk is walnut with a dark green leather top and brass pulls. This desk belonged to American writer and public intellectual, Gore Vidal (...
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Antique Late 19th Century Unknown Victorian Desks

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Brass

19th Century Unique Brown Restored Czech Biedermeier Walnut Writing Desk, 1830s
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Biedermeier writing desk Completely restored. Shellac polish. Material: Walnut veneer, lacquer Period: 1830-1839 Unique pieces.  
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Antique Early 19th Century Czech Biedermeier Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Walnut, Lacquer

Baroque Walnut Writing Desk with Gold Leaf Details by Modenese Gastone Interiors
By Modenese Gastone
Located in PADOVA, IT
Complete your office with a high-end Italian baroque writing desk from the bespoke producer Modenese Luxury Interiors. This solid wood presidential desk features one drawer with Blum...
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2010s Italian Baroque Desks and Writing Tables

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Gold Leaf, Silver Leaf

Marta Black Oak/Walnut Writing Desk/Table, Brass/Bronze Base/Legs, Mandy Graham
By Mandy Graham
Located in Torrance, CA
Marta desk by Mandy Graham Marta M03, writing desk table with drawer ebonized sandblasted oak / walnut, brushed brass / dark bronze base Measures: 54" W x 41" D x 31" A stat...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Organic Modern Desks and Writing ...

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Brass, Bronze

Fine 19th Century French Louis XV Bronze Mounted Kingwood & Walnut Writing Desk
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A very fine and original French 19th century Louis XV bronze mounted kingwood and walnut bureau plat. The writing desk has serpentine shape gilt banding around the top surface, three...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

19th Century France Louis XV Revival Walnut Writing Desk Table Inlay Bronze,1890
Located in Roma, RM
Small French writing table, in Louis XV style, but from the late 19th century. In walnut wood and embellished with floral motif inlays in fruit wood and gilded bronze applications. M...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Art Deco English Compact Walnut Writing Desk, 1930s
Located in Devon, England
For your consideration is this lovely and totally original walnut desk dating from the 1930s. Compact in size this little desk is perfect if the space available is limited and of con...
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Mid-20th Century English Art Deco Desks

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Walnut

  • Art Deco English Compact Walnut Writing Desk, 1930s
  • Art Deco English Compact Walnut Writing Desk, 1930s
  • Art Deco English Compact Walnut Writing Desk, 1930s
  • Art Deco English Compact Walnut Writing Desk, 1930s
H 29.93 in. W 29.14 in. D 22.45 in.
Vintage Edwardian Walnut Writing Desk, Sofa Table, Hall Table
Located in Germantown, MD
Versatile Edwardian style writing that can be used as console table, Sofa table or as a hall table. Simple yet elegant carving on edges. Pull out tray to make create more writing are...
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Mid-20th Century American Edwardian Desks

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Walnut

Louis XVI Style Ladies Writing Desk Attributed to Maison Jansen, 20th Century
By Maison Jansen
Located in Savannah, GA
Louis XVI style ladies walnut writing desk attributed to Maison Jansen, 20th Century.
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Early 20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

19th Century French Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Walnut Writing Desk
Located in San Francisco, CA
Having an embossed leather writing surface, above the five drawer case, flanked with slide-out surfaces and raised on tapered and fluted legs ending in casters.
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Antique 1870s French Louis XVI Desks

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Walnut

English Walnut Burl Three-drawer Writing Table
Located in Woodbury, CT
Created for us by an English cabinetmaker with whom we have been associated for over 30 years, this walnut writing desk has Classic lines that would blend well in a modern setting. I...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Georgian Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Walnut, Burl

English Walnut Burl Two-Drawer Writing Table
Located in Woodbury, CT
This two-drawer walnut writing desk is made for us by our English cabinetmaker. Using time-honored techniques, this table is created in just the same fashion as it would have been 20...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Georgian Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Walnut, Burl

French 18th Century Louis XV Walnut Par-Feu Writing Table with Side Drawers
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Louis XV period walnut par-feu writing table from the 18th century, with petite finials, side drawers and curving legs. Created in France during the reign of King Louis XV, ...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Fabric, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Silver Cerused Walnut Writing Desk/Vanity Signed by Kittinger
By Kittinger
Located in New York, NY
This stunning midcentury writing desk/vanity was realized by the celebrated American firm, Kittinger, circa 1950. It features bullet form bodies with channeled rear hinge doors fitte...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Walnut

Midcentury Walnut Console Table Writing Desk
Located in Countryside, IL
Midcentury walnut console table writing desk This table is 51 wide x 25 deep x 27.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condition. Tha...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Midcentury Walnut Leather Writing Desk, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Italian desk from the middle of the century, large and spacious this beautiful desk, due to the use of quality materials. Top of the desk all covered in light brown leather, with wo...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Maple, Walnut

  • Midcentury Walnut Leather Writing Desk, 1950
  • Midcentury Walnut Leather Writing Desk, 1950
  • Midcentury Walnut Leather Writing Desk, 1950
  • Midcentury Walnut Leather Writing Desk, 1950
H 31.11 in. W 72.05 in. D 34.65 in.
Antique Walnut and Marquetry Writing Desk
Located in London, GB
This elegant writing desk was created in France in the late 18th century, during the reign of King Louis XVI (1774-1792). The desk is designed in a refined neoclassical style which w...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Desks

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Brass

  • Antique Walnut and Marquetry Writing Desk
  • Antique Walnut and Marquetry Writing Desk
  • Antique Walnut and Marquetry Writing Desk
  • Antique Walnut and Marquetry Writing Desk
H 27.17 in. W 37.41 in. D 26.38 in.
Richard Watson Writing Desk in Walnut
By Richard Watson
Located in Brookline, MA
The writing desk is inspired by a classic writing table originally intended for writing letters by hand. As in the traditional table, there are discreet drawers under the writing sur...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

  • Richard Watson Writing Desk in Walnut
  • Richard Watson Writing Desk in Walnut
  • Richard Watson Writing Desk in Walnut
  • Richard Watson Writing Desk in Walnut
H 30 in. W 52 in. D 26 in.
Antique Victorian Inlaid Walnut Davenport Writing Table Desk
Located in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
Antique quality Victorian inlaid figured walnut davenport writing table desk. C1880 This is a lovely quality davenport, that is full of age, charm and character. Period brass a...
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Antique 1880s Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Italian Burl Walnut Three Drawer Writing Table Desk
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Beautiful walnut grained wood desk with three drawers. The desk with finished back, can be floated in a room and displayed from all sides. Signed, Made In Italy. The finish in excell...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Victorian Writing Table Walnut Tulip Leg Desk, 1880
Located in Potters Bar, GB
Gorgeous Victorian writing table in walnut Dates to circa 1880 and features wonderful tulip legs Green leather writing surface Great for a home office set up Some of our items a...
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Antique 1880s English High Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Biedermeier Square Walnut Wood Austrian Writing Desk, 1830
By Biedermeier
Located in Rome, IT
Biedermeier desk from the early 1800s, rich and elaborate in its forms. All veneered in walnut wood, with inlays in poplar briar wood. The top is well square but its corners are cut...
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Antique 1830s Austrian Biedermeier Desks and Writing Tables

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Poplar, Walnut

Italian Walnut, Formica and Brass Writing Desk, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian walnut, Formica and brass writing desk, 1960s. Beautiful writing desk, with top in white Formica and three drawers; equipped brass handles and glove compartments, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Adam Style Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Leather Top Writing Table / Desk
Located in London, GB
An excellent antique Victorian period leather top writing table in burr walnut. This was made in England, it dates from around the 1880-90’s period. It is a very useful size and is ...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Writing Desk Neoclassical Maple Walnut Italy 19th Century
Located in Milano, IT
Writing desk veneered and inlaid in Brazilian rosewood, walnut, maple, green stained maple, and other woods. Finished on four sides, it has two drawers in one of the long under the t...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Maple, Rosewood, Walnut

19th English Victorian Walnut Desk Writing Tables, 1850s
Located in Roma, RM
Early Victorian English writing desk, in walnut and walnut burl, boxwood inlay. Legs joined by crosspiece and carved in the classic manner of the Victorian period. Desk in excellent...
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Antique 1850s English Early Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut, Boxwood

Antique Writing Desk, English, Burr Walnut, Correspondence Table, Victorian
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique writing desk. An English, burr walnut correspondence table, dating to the mid Victorian period, circa 1860. The essence of mid Victorian elegance with strikingl...
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Antique Mid-19th Century British Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Diminutive French Louis XIV Style Walnut Writing Table Desk
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Charming 19th century French writing table or desk made in a diminutive scale or ladies bureau plat size. Crafted in the grand Louis XIV taste from walnut having a cartouche shaped t...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XIV Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

19th Century Louis Philippe Writing Desk in Walnut
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Elegant antique writing desk made from walnut wood and with a faux leather. Very practical because of the many storage spaces and the deep drawers. Beautiful veined wood. Co...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Louis Philippe Desks and Writing Tables

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Faux Leather, Walnut

  • 19th Century Louis Philippe Writing Desk in Walnut
  • 19th Century Louis Philippe Writing Desk in Walnut
  • 19th Century Louis Philippe Writing Desk in Walnut
  • 19th Century Louis Philippe Writing Desk in Walnut
H 30.71 in. W 50.01 in. D 26.78 in.
Country French Solid Walnut Leather Top Writing Table Desk
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in Rockaway, NJ
High quality craftsmanship solid walnut french country desk with leather top.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Walnut

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Walnut Writing Desk For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal walnut writing desk for your home. Frequently made of wood, walnut and metal, every walnut writing desk was constructed with great care. Find 2525 options for an antique or vintage walnut writing desk now, or shop our selection of 165 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect walnut writing desk — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. A walnut writing desk, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Victorian or Art Deco style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. George Nelson, Jens Risom and Herman Miller each produced at least one beautiful walnut writing desk that is worth considering.

How Much is a Walnut Writing Desk?

The average selling price for a walnut writing desk at 1stDibs is $4,500, while they’re typically $60 on the low end and $180,000 for the 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 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.