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20th Century Impressive Writing Desk / Bureau Plat
Located in Berlin, DE
Impressive desk / Bureau Plat, 20th century Castle-like desk, solid wood. Engraved bronze fittings. On angled, with four imposing corner fittings on curved legs, cambered on all s...
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20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

  • 20th Century Impressive Writing Desk / Bureau Plat
  • 20th Century Impressive Writing Desk / Bureau Plat
  • 20th Century Impressive Writing Desk / Bureau Plat
  • 20th Century Impressive Writing Desk / Bureau Plat
H 31.5 in. W 70.87 in. D 35.44 in.
20th Century Exclusive Bureau Plat/ writing Desk in Louis XV
Located in Berlin, DE
20th century exclusive bureau plat/ writing desk in Louis XV style Solid beechwood ebonized/blackened. Very fine, floral bronze fittings. Frame base with four-sided curvature. 3 d...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

20th Century Elegant Black Bureau Plat / Writing Desk in Louis XV, Beech
Located in Berlin, DE
20th century elegant black bureau plat / writing desk in Louis XV, beech Exclusive bureau plat / desk in Louis XV style Solid beechwood ebonized/blackened. Very fine, floral bron...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

20th Century Luxurious White Bureau Plat / Writing Desk in Louis XV Style
Located in Berlin, DE
20th century luxurious white bureau plat / writing desk in Louis XV style Solid beechwood colored in white. Very fine, floral bronze fittings. Curved and pronounced / arched wood...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

20th Century Imperial Bureau Plat / Writing Desk in the Style of Louis XVI
Located in Berlin, DE
Imperial bureau plat / desk in the style of Louis XVI Piano black polished veneer on solid oak and wood. Extremely finely chased and rich bronze applications. Rectangular body. A ...
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20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

20th Century Elegant Veneered Bureau Plat or Writing Desk in Louis XV Style
Located in Berlin, DE
Elegant veneered bureau plat or desk in Louis XV style Solid beechwood and veneer. Very fine, floral bronze fittings. Curved and pronounced or arched wooden body. Frame base with...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

20th Century Kidney-Shaped Empire Desk / Bureau Plat
Located in Berlin, DE
20th century kidney-shaped Empire desk / bureau plat Solid wood with stained mahogany veneer. 9 drawers. Cover plate covered with green leather provided with rich brass Empire de...
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20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

  • 20th Century Kidney-Shaped Empire Desk / Bureau Plat
  • 20th Century Kidney-Shaped Empire Desk / Bureau Plat
  • 20th Century Kidney-Shaped Empire Desk / Bureau Plat
  • 20th Century Kidney-Shaped Empire Desk / Bureau Plat
H 31.89 in. W 70.08 in. D 28.75 in.
20th Century Louis XV Style Bureau Plat Writing Table Piano Black
Located in Berlin, DE
Bureau plat writing table in the style of Louis XV style, silvered bronze fittings. Piano lacquer black on solid beech wood. Heavily arched, four-sided passively curved tripod frame ...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Beech

20th Century, Imperial French Desk Bureau Plat Louis XV Style
Located in Berlin, DE
In Bois-Satiné veneer, all-round full-length mirror veneer with rocaille applications. Extremely floral bronze fittings. Rosewood veneered on solid beechwood. Strongly cambered, four...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Beech

20th Century Louis XV Style Ladies Bureau Plat or Desk
Located in Berlin, DE
Elegant ladies bureau plat desk in the Louis XV style, rosewood and shaded precious wood, veneered. Extremely fine, floral, bronze fittings. Four-sided, slightly curved, three-edged ...
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20th Century Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

20th Century Desk Bureau Plat in Louis XV Style Excellent Quality
Located in Berlin, DE
In Bois-Satiné veneer, all-round full-length mirror veneer with seed beads. Extremely fine, floral, bronze fittings in the form of chutes, handmade patinated bronze. Rosewood veneere...
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Late 20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

20th Century imperial Bureau Plat / Writing Table in the Style of Louis XVI
Located in Berlin, DE
Exotic veneer on solid oak and wood. Extremely finely chased and rich bronze applications. Rectangular body. A hand painted picture badge on the front and side view. Gilded bronze de...
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20th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

20th Century Imperial French Bureau Plat or Desk by Charles Boulle
Located in Berlin, DE
Imperial French bureau plat or desk by Charles Boulle This model was built by the most important and history-writing court carpenter Louis IV, Charles Boulle. Polished tulip vene...
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20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

20th Century Louis XV Style Womens Tulip Veneer, Bureau Plat or Desk
Located in Berlin, DE
Tulip wood veneered. Extremely fine, floral, bronze fittings. Four-sided, slightly curved, three-edged frame base with wide knee patch on elegantly curved squares in sabots. Slightly...
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20th Century Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

20th Century Louis XV Style Black Lacquered Leather Top Bureau Plat Desk
Located in Atlanta, GA
20th century Louis XV style black lacquered leather top bureau plat desk. Three drawers, two writing slides, and gilt bronze ormolu hardware. 1 key. Measure: Apron is 24" tall.
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20th Century Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

20th Century Bureau Plat Desk According to the Style of Andre Charles Boulle
Located in Berlin, DE
Piano black polished veneer on solid beech and oak. Extremely finely chiselled bronze. Slightly protruding, profiled tabletop and gold-embossed leather insert, flanked by a grotesque...
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20th Century French Louis XIV Desks and Writing Tables

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Beech

20th Century Louis XV Style French Bureau Plat or Desk after Francois Linke
Located in Berlin, DE
20th century Louis XV style French Bureau plat or desk after Francois Linke Table top covered with genuine high quality leather and gold embossing Tulip wood and shadowed noble w...
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20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

20th Century Louis XV Style French Bureau Plat or Desk After Francois Linke
By François Linke
Located in Berlin, DE
French Bureau Plat in Louis 15th Style after Francois Linke. Rosewood and shadowed noble woods, veneered. Exceptionally Fine floral, Bronze fixtures. Strongly bowed, four sided, curv...
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20th Century Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

20th Century, French Desk or Bureau Plat with Lions in the Empire Style
Located in Berlin, DE
Bird's-eye maple wood on massive beech wood, partially carved and framed. The pedestal is arched on profile shaped washers. Above the four large winged, polygonal standing heads. Thr...
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20th Century French Empire Desks and Writing Tables

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Birdseye Maple

20th Century, French Desk or Bureau Plat with Lions in the Empire Style
Located in Berlin, DE
Bird's-eye maple wood on massive beechwood, partially carved and framed. The pedestal is arched on profile shaped washers. Above the four large winged, polygonal standing heads. Thre...
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20th Century French Empire Desks and Writing Tables

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Birdseye Maple

20th Century French Bureau Plat Desk in the Louis XV Style Black Ebonized Veneer
Located in Berlin, DE
Black ebonized, four-sided passively curved frame base on high, elegantly curved squares. Encased in finely chiseled brass fittings. Slightly protruding tabletop with profiled decora...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Beech

20th Century French Desk Bureau Plat in the Louis XV Style Bois-satiné Veneer
Located in Berlin, DE
In Bois-Satiné veneer, all-round full-length mirror veneer with rocaille applications. Extremely floral bronze fittings. Rosewood veneered on solid beechwood. Strongly cambered, four...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

20th Century Louis XVI Style Burl Wood Bureau Plat
Located in Houston, TX
20th century Louis XVI style burl wood bureau plat.
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20th Century European Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Ormolu

Early 20th Century French Bureau Plat with Leather Top
Located in Pittsburgh, PA
A very nice and small writing table with a newer blue leather top, overall good condition.
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Early 20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Fruitwood, Mahogany

Louis XVI Napoleon Italian Rosewood 5 Drawers Writing Desk Bureau Plat
Located in Carimate, Como
A very good quality Italian 20th century Napoleon 3 / Louis XVI style rosewood bureau plat writing desk with 5 drawers with beautiful gilt bronze handles, an inset green leather top ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Napoleon III Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Antique Burr Walnut Writing Bureau
Located in London, GB
A smart and very useful antique writing bureau, beautifully made from burr walnut. This is in the antique Georgian style & dates from circa 1900s-1920s It’s of very high quality a...
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Early 20th Century English Georgian Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

  • Antique Burr Walnut Writing Bureau
  • Antique Burr Walnut Writing Bureau
  • Antique Burr Walnut Writing Bureau
  • Antique Burr Walnut Writing Bureau
H 40 in. W 24 in. D 18 in.
French Louis XV Kingwood and Bronze Writing Desk/Bureau Plat
Located in Houston, TX
Early 20th century French Louis XV style writing desk with a leather top. Excellent quality with Leather in lovely condition without stains or problems. The legs are gracefully curv...
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Early 20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Kingwood

Italian Bureau Inlaid in Palisander, Maple, Mahogany, Fruitwood, 20th Century
Located in London, GB
A stunning Italian bureau inlaid in palisander, maple, mahogany, fruitwood, 20th century. Italian bureau from 20th century. Furniture richly inlaid in palisander, maple, mahogany ...
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20th Century Italian Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

20th Century Louis XVI Style Bureau Plat or Writting Table
By Jean-Henri Riesener
Located in Berlin, DE
Easily modified model according to a design by Jean Henri Riesener (1734-1806). Piano black polished veneer on solid oak and softwood. Extremely finely chiselled and cast very rich b...
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20th Century Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Bronze

Bureau Plat Writing Desk in Louis XV Style after François Linke
Located in Berlin, DE
Piano black polished veneer on solid Pinewood. Set at an angle, with two forward looking, imposing Espagnolettes in the style of Charles Cressent. On curved legs, ending in sabots. O...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Beech

Designer Writing Desk / Bureau Plat in Louis XV Style, Piano Black
Located in Berlin, DE
Black designer writing desk / bureau plat in Louis XV style Piano black polished veneer on solid softwood with rocaille applications. extremely Fine, floral, silvered bronze fitti...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Louis Seize Style Bureau Table Original early 20th century
Located in Vienna, AT
Perfect craftsmanship, inlaid mahogany and bronze application, early 20th century, a secret drawer on one side, freestanding.
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Vintage 1910s Austrian Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

French Kingwood Bureau Plat, Late 19th or Early 20th Century
Located in Lymington, Hampshire
A French kingwood bureau plat late 19th/early 20th century in Louis XV style, with applied gilt-bronze mounts, the serpentine rectangular top with a green tooled leather inset above ...
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Antique 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

Inlaid French Bureau Plat / Writing Table
Located in Woodbury, CT
This early 20th century inlaid bureau plat features an attractive inlaid kingwood harlequin pattern along the front, sides and back. The brass-mounted mahogany legs are each inlaid w...
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Early 20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Kingwood, Boxwood

  • Inlaid French Bureau Plat / Writing Table
  • Inlaid French Bureau Plat / Writing Table
  • Inlaid French Bureau Plat / Writing Table
  • Inlaid French Bureau Plat / Writing Table
H 30 in. W 39.5 in. D 22.5 in.
20th Century, France Bureau Plat in the Louis Quinze Style exotic Veneer
Located in Berlin, DE
Light and dark exotic veneer , on the four-sided passively curved zest base on high, elegantly curved squares. Slightly overlaid tabletop with profiled decorated bronze lining and go...
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20th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

20th Century, France Bureau Plat in the Louis Quinze Style exotic Veneer
Located in Berlin, DE
Light and dark exotic Veneer, on the four-sided passively curved zest base on high, elegantly curved squares. Slightly overlaid tabletop with profiled decorated bronze lining and gol...
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20th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

20th Century French Louis XV Carved Marquetry Bronze and Leather Bureau Plat
Located in Dallas, TX
Created in France circa 1920, this elegant antique desk stands on cabriole legs decorated with bronze figural ormulu mounts at the shoulders and ending with sabots over the feet. The...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Lovely Hand Dyed Brown Leather Writing Table Desk or Bureau with Twin Drawers
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to this lovely brown leather upholstered writing bureau desk with drop front and twin drawers inside A good looking and well-made desk, I can’t see a sign of use ...
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20th Century English Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather

20th Century Bureau Plat or Writting Table by the Model of Andre Charles Boulle
Located in Berlin, DE
This model was built by Charles Boulle, the most important and historian of Louis XV. Piano black Polished veneer on solid beech and oak. Extremely finely chiselled bronze. Slightly ...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Beech

20th Century Bureau Plat or Writting Table by the Model of Andre Charles Boulle
By André-Charles Boulle
Located in Berlin, DE
This model was built by Charles Boulle, the most important and historian of Louis XV. Piano white Polished veneer on solid beech and oak. Extremely finely chiselled bronze. Slightly...
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20th Century Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Antique French Renaissance Desk, Bureau Plat
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique French Renaissance desk ~ Bureau Plat was handcrafted from old-growth oak, and features a design inspired by ancient Egyptians and Greeks, with the main side supports intertw...
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Early 20th Century French Gothic Revival Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

  • Antique French Renaissance Desk, Bureau Plat
  • Antique French Renaissance Desk, Bureau Plat
  • Antique French Renaissance Desk, Bureau Plat
  • Antique French Renaissance Desk, Bureau Plat
H 30.5 in. W 55 in. D 29.5 in.
Louis XV Style Desk Bureau Plat Vintage
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage black lacquer bureau plat writing desk. Gilt bronze details. Elaborate figures on four corners. Gold tooled black leather top. Faux drawers on guest side of desk.
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Early 20th Century Desks and Writing Tables

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Lacquer

  • Louis XV Style Desk Bureau Plat Vintage
  • Louis XV Style Desk Bureau Plat Vintage
  • Louis XV Style Desk Bureau Plat Vintage
  • Louis XV Style Desk Bureau Plat Vintage
H 32 in. W 70 in. D 32 in.
French Louis XV Style Bureau Plat Desk
Located in Cypress, CA
A beautiful French Louis XV style bureau plat desk. Mid-20th century. The tooled red leather-inlaid top is bordered with brass, above a parquetry veneered frieze fitted with three ...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

  • French Louis XV Style Bureau Plat Desk
  • French Louis XV Style Bureau Plat Desk
  • French Louis XV Style Bureau Plat Desk
  • French Louis XV Style Bureau Plat Desk
H 30 in. W 58 in. D 33 in.
Louis XV Style Writing Table Bureau Plat Black with Brass
Located in Berlin, DE
In Bois-Satiné veneer blacked. Extremely fine, floral, bronze fittings in the form of chutes, handmade patinated bronze. Veneered on solid beechwood. Strong cambered, four-sided pas...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Antique French Walnut Louis XIV Desk, Bureau Plat
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique French walnut Louis XIV desk, bureau plat is a wonderful example of the genre, with a decidedly masculine design that is finished on all four sides making it perfect for cent...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XIV Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

French Directoire Style Ebonized Bureau Plat Desk with Leather Top
Located in New York, NY
Oversized French Directoire-style ebonized bureau plat desk with leather top on tapered legs ending in bronze sabots. This desk features two pull-out extensions and four central draw...
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Mid-20th Century French Directoire Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Louis XV Style Bureau Plat Desk, Black with Gilded Bronze Details
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Louis XV style bureau plat desk, black with gilded bronze details. Tooled leather top. Ebonized. Dimensions: 63” W x 29.5” H x 31.5” D Leg space: 23.5" Side drawers (2): 13.25” ...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

French Empire Faux Marble Legs Leather Top Sconces Bureau Desk with Organizer
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Exotic wood faux marble column shape legs French Empire bureau leather top desk with brass sconces. Medium size desk suitable as a console or entry desk or table. Oak dovetail drawer...
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20th Century American French Provincial Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

French Louis XV Style Gilt Bronze-Mounted Kingwood Three-Drawer Bureau Plat Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A French Louis XV style gilt bronze-mounted kingwood bureau plat (desk). The gilt banded rectangular top set with gilt bronze acanthus mounts at the corners centering a gilt banded i...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Kingwood

French Tortoise Wood Louis XVI Style Maison Jansen Partners Desk or Bureau Plat
By Maison Jansen
Located in Stamford, CT
Tortoise wood Louis XVI style Maison Jansen partners desk or bureau plat. The finest of quality and gilt metal bronze mounts are seen on this stunning monumental partners desk that c...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

French Louis XVI Black Leather Top Bureau Plat Desk by Simon Loscertales Bona
By Simón Loscertales Bona 1
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French Louis Style XVI black leather top bureau plat desk by Simon Loscertales Bona. Item features black tooled leather top, bronze ormolu, bronze edge, beautiful wood grain, finishe...
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Early 20th Century Spanish Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Kingwood, Mahogany

Louis XVI Style Bureau Plat
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
An early 20th century French bureau plat in Louis XVI style with brass-bound tooled leather top and well cast brass mounts.
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

  • Louis XVI Style Bureau Plat
  • Louis XVI Style Bureau Plat
  • Louis XVI Style Bureau Plat
  • Louis XVI Style Bureau Plat
H 30.71 in. W 65.36 in. D 35.44 in.
Directoire Style Small Bureau Plat
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Directoire Maison Jansen style desk. Label inside drawer inscribed "A. Alavoine and Co., NY and Paris." Leather inset writing surface, drawer fronts with contrasting veneer.
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

  • Directoire Style Small Bureau Plat
  • Directoire Style Small Bureau Plat
  • Directoire Style Small Bureau Plat
  • Directoire Style Small Bureau Plat
H 29.75 in. W 36.5 in. D 22 in.
Louis XV Style Bureau Plat
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Attractive Louis XV style bureau plat, gilt embossed tanned leather top writing surface centered on a beautiful satinwood veneered panel and marquetry finished frame, fine rocaille m...
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Late 20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

  • Louis XV Style Bureau Plat
  • Louis XV Style Bureau Plat
  • Louis XV Style Bureau Plat
  • Louis XV Style Bureau Plat
H 30.25 in. W 60 in. D 31.5 in.
Directoire Style Small Bureau Plat
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Directoire Maison Jansen style desk. Label inside drawer inscribed "A. Alavoine and Co., NY and Paris." Leather inset writing surface, drawer fronts with contrasting veneer.
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

  • Directoire Style Small Bureau Plat
  • Directoire Style Small Bureau Plat
  • Directoire Style Small Bureau Plat
  • Directoire Style Small Bureau Plat
H 29.75 in. W 36.5 in. D 22 in.
French Louis XV Style Walnut Bureau Plat
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage midcentury French walnut bureau plat with parquetry top & pull outs on each side. Bronze pulls & mounts..    
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

  • French Louis XV Style Walnut Bureau Plat
  • French Louis XV Style Walnut Bureau Plat
  • French Louis XV Style Walnut Bureau Plat
  • French Louis XV Style Walnut Bureau Plat
H 30.50 in. W 50 in. D 26 in.
Walnut Bureau of William and Mary Design
Located in Peterborough, Northamptonshire
A tiny walnut Bureau of William and Mary design on baluster supports joined with wavy cross stretchers, the broadly crossbanded fall with feather banding, the serpentine fronted inte...
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Early 20th Century British William and Mary Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Louis XV Style Ormolu-Mounted Writing Desk-Bureau Plat, 20th Century
Located in London, GB
A gorgeous Louis XV style ormolu-mounted writing desk-bureau plat, 20th century. Handmade Louis XV style ormolu-mounted writing desk is fully made of natural beechwood. It is insp...
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20th Century European Desks

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Wood

Louis XV Style Lacquered and Gilt Bronze-Mounted Bureau Plat
Located in Dallas, TX
Fine, French bureau plat or writing table desk. Made in the grand Louis XV taste featuring bronze mounts with white lacquered frame. With original key. Fine rocaille motif moulded mo...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Louis XV Style Bureau Plat with Bronze Mounts & Leather Top
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Louis XV style bureau plat with tulipwood and rosewood veneer, bronze mounts, 3 sliding drawers and leather top.
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

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Writing Desk Bureau 20th Century For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the writing desk bureau 20th century you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Each writing desk bureau 20th century for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, metal and hardwood. Your living room may not be complete without a writing desk bureau 20th century — find older editions for sale from the 19th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. A writing desk bureau 20th century is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Louis XV, Louis XVI and Empire styles are sought with frequency. A well-made writing desk bureau 20th century has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Baker Furniture Company, François Linke and Maitland Smith are consistently popular.

How Much are Writing Desk Bureau 20th Century?

The average selling price for a writing desk bureau 20th century at 1stDibs is $6,524, while they’re typically $574 on the low end and $1,820,041 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Desks 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.