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French 19th Century Writing Table Carved Oak Desk Lion Masks
Located in FR
Writing table or desk Henri II 19th century with lion masque drawer handles Barley twist legs and cross bar Carved edge top Hand carved oak Good antique condition with very good ...
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Antique 1880s French Louis XIII Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Mahogany Writing Table Heavily Carved
Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, GB
An impressive carved mahogany writing table. The shaped top with chamfered edges and raised on a heavily carved apron and sabre legs with carved feet.
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20th Century English Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

  • Mahogany Writing Table Heavily Carved
  • Mahogany Writing Table Heavily Carved
  • Mahogany Writing Table Heavily Carved
  • Mahogany Writing Table Heavily Carved
H 29.69 in. W 44.53 in. D 17.41 in.
Victorian Carved Dark Oak Library Writing Table
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Victorian carved antique writing desk done in oak with tapered legs and hand carved floral/urn reliefs. France, 1890.
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Antique Late 19th Century French Late Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Carved Figural RJ Horner Mahogany Writing Desk Table
By J. Horner
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Renaissance style 2 drawer desk, attributed to J. Horner, with paw feet on casters.
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Early 20th Century American Renaissance Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

19th Century French Carved Walnut Inlaid Writing Table
Located in Dallas, TX
Exquisite 19th century French carved walnut writing table. The table is inlaid with a beautiful design of urns, floral images, feathers and a decorative border around the outside edg...
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Antique 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Sublime circa 1840 Italian Hand Carved Walnut Venetian Writing Table Desk Dragon
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer this lovely hand carved Italian venetian walnut writing table desk with cherubs and dragons This desk is a real tour de force of carving, it looks sublim...
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Antique 1840s Italian Early Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Walnut

Late 19th Century Table, Writing Desk, Hand Carved Walnut, Testolini & Salviati
By Testolini & Salviati
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Late 19th century table, writing desk, in hand carved walnut, by Testolini & Salviati. The important desk is all in solid walnut, with a veneered top. Neoclassical legs with 4 lions...
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Renaissance Revival Desks and Writing ...

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Walnut

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

Classical or Regency Carved Rosewood Writing Table, England, circa 1830
Located in Providence, RI
While this is a somewhat long library or writing table, the depth is standard (27 in.) and the quality is of the very best level. The scrolled feet are typical of the period. The tab...
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Antique 1830s British Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

19th Century French Carved Walnut Barley Twist Writing Table
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Petite 19th century French carved walnut writing table, library table, or desk. Features thick barley twist legs and a stretcher centered by a two-sided finial. Made in the grand Lou...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XIII Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

One-of-a-Kind Austro-Hungarian Carved Walnut Library / Writing Table
Located in Woodbury, CT
In grand, neo-baroque style, this Austro-Hungarian library / writing table has a deeply carved edge and this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, as the carving never really st...
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Antique 19th Century Hungarian Baroque Revival Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Colonial Victorian Solid Rosewood Hand Carved Writing Desk
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
Circa 1890 Solid Rosewood Colonial writing desk in good condition. Old growth timber is visible as the top is constructed from a single piece of Rosewood that shows beautiful grai...
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Antique 1890s British Indian Ocean Territory British Colonial Desks and ...

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Rosewood

19th century French Carved Oak Side Table Small Writing Desk Renaissance Gothic
Located in Shreveport, LA
19th century French carved oak side table writing desk renaissance gothic ~Direct from France~ An elegant antique French carved library table or "bureau plat" desk, with ornate c...
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Antique 19th Century French Renaissance Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Fine Early Victorian Carved Maple and Tiger Maple Library Table/Writing Table
Located in Sheffield, MA
A fine early Victorian carved maple and tiger maple Library table/writing table, 19th century Fitted with a leather writing surface.  Measures: Height 30 in., Width 82 ½ in...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Great Britain (UK) Early Victorian Desks and Wr...

French Louis XVI Carved Walnut Writing-Side Table with Drawer
Located in Dallas, TX
A French carved walnut small writing table, perfect end table or bedside table, late 18th century.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

19th Century French Carved Oak Sofa Table Writing Desk Barley Twist Black Forest
Located in Shreveport, LA
19th century French carved oak sofa table writing desk barley twist Black Forest ~Direct from France~ ~Beautiful French writing desk or sofa table with elegant features!~ ~Lovel...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XIII Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

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

Mid-18th Century Spanish Carved Walnut and Iron Writing Table Desk with Drawers
Located in Dallas, TX
Add an elegant focal point to your study or library with this antique Spanish carved fruitwood desk. Carved in Spain circa 1750, the trestle table stands on two intricate carved legs...
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Antique Mid-18th Century Spanish Louis XIII Desks and Writing Tables

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Wrought Iron

18th Century French Writing Table
Located in Winter Park, FL
A late 18th century French writing table, or desk, from the East of France, made of solid oak using pegged construction. Beautifully crafted with turned legs and elaborate hand carve...
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Antique Late 18th Century French French Provincial Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Oak

  • 18th Century French Writing Table
  • 18th Century French Writing Table
  • 18th Century French Writing Table
  • 18th Century French Writing Table
H 27 in. W 42 in. D 25.25 in.
Antique Carved Tiger Oak Oval Writing Table Desk, Scotland 1920, B2051A
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique carved tiger oak oval writing table or desk bulbous legs, Scotland, 1920 Scotland, 1920 Solid oak and veneer Original finish Oval shaped top Carved frieze on heavily carved ...
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Vintage 1920s Scottish Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

19th Century Baltic Writing Table
Located in Newport Beach, CA
Hand-carved, parcel-gilt, mahogany, single drawer, writing table. The clipped corner, inlaid top rests on an octagonal pedestal and the whole sits on a convex base finished with gild...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Baltic Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany, Giltwood

  • 19th Century Baltic Writing Table
  • 19th Century Baltic Writing Table
  • 19th Century Baltic Writing Table
  • 19th Century Baltic Writing Table
H 30 in. W 38.25 in. D 24.25 in.
20th Century Writing Desk, Swedish Teakwood Writing Table by David Rosén
By David Rosén
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vintage Mid-Century Modern Swedish writing desk, table or bureau plat designed by David Rosen, produced by Nordiska Kompaniet. This well designed piece of furniture with end extens...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Brass

Antique Mahogany Ladies Writing Desk Table France
Located in Munich, DE
This charming small ladies writing desk – so called 'Écritoire de Dames' was made in France circa 1890-1900 . It is executed in mahogany in kidney shape, on each side there is a hori...
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Antique 1890s French Belle Époque Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

  • Antique Mahogany Ladies Writing Desk Table France
  • Antique Mahogany Ladies Writing Desk Table France
  • Antique Mahogany Ladies Writing Desk Table France
  • Antique Mahogany Ladies Writing Desk Table France
H 27.56 in. W 38.19 in. D 16.15 in.
Timeless Carved French Walnut Louis XV Table or Writing Desk with One Drawer
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Beautifully carved French walnut Louis XV writing table or desk having elegant cabriole legs and one drawer on the end. Can be used as a small dining table, side table, or desk. ...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Charles X Style Fruitwood and Ebonized Writing Table
Located in Cypress, CA
Attractive French Charles X style stenciled and part ebonized fruitwood writing table with two side slides. Late 20th century. The moulded rectangular top is with a stenciled cen...
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Late 20th Century English Charles X Desks and Writing Tables

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Giltwood, Fruitwood, Fruitwood

20th Century French Carved Oak Writing Office Desk Louis XV Style
Located in Shreveport, LA
~Direct from France ~ ~Lovely and large, this antique French carved oak desk will add French style to any room!~ ~Quintessential French Louis XV style~ ~Large desk top has a serpe...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

19th Century Italian Writing Table or Desk
Located in New Orleans, LA
A 19th century Italian writing table, the top folds back and the front drops to reveal drawers and a writing surface. The table is mounted on carved, cartouche shaped legs with a cur...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut, Walnut

17th Century Spanish Writing Table with Drawers
Located in Madrid, ES
A beautiful Spanish writing table with mixtilineal “pata de lira” (lyre-shaped legs) containing both curves and straight lines, in keeping with the Baroque style popular during the r...
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Antique 17th Century Spanish Rustic Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Walnut

  • 17th Century Spanish Writing Table with Drawers
  • 17th Century Spanish Writing Table with Drawers
  • 17th Century Spanish Writing Table with Drawers
  • 17th Century Spanish Writing Table with Drawers
H 31.89 in. W 48.43 in. D 25.2 in.
Hand Carved Walnut Art Nouveau Writing Desk with Side Shelfs
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Custom made hand carved walnut Art Nouveau style writing desk with 2 tier shelves on each opposing side, circa 1960.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Antique French Louis XVI Mahogany Console or Writing Table
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique French Louis XVI mahogany console or writing table represents the combination of extraordinarily talented furniture craftsmanship with one of the finest wood types known in t...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

19th Century Monumental Portuguese Writing Table or Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early 19th century monumental Portuguese solid rosewood writing table or desk with four dovetail constructed working drawers. The finely carved writing table or desk has bun feet wit...
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Antique Early 19th Century Portuguese Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

English Hepplewhite Mahogany Three Drawer Writing Table. Circa 1790
Located in Charleston, SC
English Hepplewhite mahogany three drawer writing table with circular brasses and terminating on squared tapered legs. Late 18th Century
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Antique 1790s English Hepplewhite Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

18th Century, Gentleman's Writing Desk and Games Table
Located in Newport Beach, CA
Wonderful, circa 1780, hand carved, petite writing desk inset with game chess and backgammon game boards. The top featuring its original, inset marble. The whole on tapered legs term...
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Antique 1780s French Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Bronze

English Book Matched Burl Walnut Writing Table. Circa 1850
Located in Charleston, SC
English Burl Walnut bench made one drawer writing table with original brasses and terminating on shell carved knee with claw and ball feet. Mid 19th Century.
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Antique 19th Century British William IV Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

19th Century French Henri II Walnut Writing Table
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century French Henri II walnut writing table is a splendid example of the breed, with classical architecture enhanced by hand carved relief work in an abstract expression of the...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Renaissance Revival Desks and Writing Ta...

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Bronze

20th Century Rosewood Wall Desk, Italian Writing Wood Table
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vintage Mid-Century Modern Italian wall desk, writing table with three legs, one-drawer to the right and a small shelf to the left, made of hand carved Rosewood, in good condition....
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Spanish Colonial Writing Table/Console, circa 18th-19th Century
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is a superb example of a late 18th century or early 19th century Spanish Colonial, most probably Mexican, three-drawer writing desk. The mesquite (perhaps sabino) wood structure...
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Antique 1790s Mexican Spanish Colonial Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

19th Century Antique Leather Top Writing Table, France circa 1800
Located in CH
This is a sublime walnut writing table with twisted legs, two drawers, that features light brown leather top and has rich carvings in Henry II style, circa 1800 Measures: 73/138/77 c...
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Antique Early 1800s French Renaissance Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut, Leather

Bureau Table Provencal 18th C. antique Cartonnier Writing office Desk in Walnut
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Bureau 18th century, this is a Cartonnier hand carved desk to write letters in walnut An exquisite French Provençal antique Campagne high-end countryside writing bureau in good condi...
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Antique 18th Century Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

French 1850 Writing table with Curvy Top, Single Drawer and Cabriole Legs
Located in Atlanta, GA
This French Louis XV style mid-19th century wooden desk / writing table features a beautifully curvy three-plank top over a simple apron with a single drawer. The table is raised on ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

1790 Gillows Cuban Mahogany Library Secretaire Desk Writing Table I Bramah Lock
By Gillows of Lancaster & London
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this very rare circa 1790 George III Library writing desk secrataire by Gillows of Lancaster and London A rare find, looking through Gillows of ...
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Antique Late 18th Century English George III Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Rococo 18th Century Writing Table with Drawer, Origin: Sweden, Circa 1760
Located in New York, NY
Fantastic Rococo 18th century writing table with single drawer with accentuated cabriole legs, origin: Sweden, circa 1760 with all original green color. The purity of the design lac...
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Antique 18th Century Swedish Rococo Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine, Paint

Maple & Co. a Gothic Revival Oak Leather Top Writing Table on Decorative Castors
By Maple & Co.
Located in London, GB
Maple & Co. a fine quality Gothic Revival oak leather top writing or centre table with two side drawers, both retaining the original brass handles and escutcheons, the top supported ...
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Antique 1870s English Gothic Revival Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

19th Century Renaissance Revival Carved Table
Located in Lucenec, SK
19th century hand carved small desk in original condition, can be used as a console table. Very stabile.
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Antique 19th Century European Renaissance Revival Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

  • 19th Century Renaissance Revival Carved Table
  • 19th Century Renaissance Revival Carved Table
  • 19th Century Renaissance Revival Carved Table
  • 19th Century Renaissance Revival Carved Table
H 27.96 in. W 43.31 in. D 25.6 in.
George IV Pollard Oak Writing Desk
By George Smith
Located in London, GB
A very fine George IV pollard oak writing table, with original Moroccan red leather and exceptional patination to the oak. In the manner of George Smith. The Tooled red leather writi...
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Antique 19th Century English George IV Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Oak, Oak, Oak, Oak, Leather, Leather, Leather, Leather, Wood, Wood,...

  • George IV Pollard Oak Writing Desk
  • George IV Pollard Oak Writing Desk
  • George IV Pollard Oak Writing Desk
  • George IV Pollard Oak Writing Desk
H 29 in. W 32 in. D 18 in.
French Rococo Louis XV Distress Paint Dressing Table Vanity Ladies Writing Desk
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique French Louis XV / Rococo style hand-carved and distressed dressing table / ladies writing desk. Item features a shaped turtle top with diamond sunburst veneer, single hand do...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Dos Gallos Custom Barley Twist Writing Desk With Carved Detail and Iron Support
By Dos Gallos Studio
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Custom walnut desk with turned barley twist legs and iron support. Carved detail around top and apron edge. Can be made in any size and finish. Shown here with one drawer in a petite...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Spanish Colonial Desks and Writin...

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Wrought Iron

Antique Carved Walnut Library Table of Large Proportions
Located in London, GB
A carved walnut library table Of grand proportions, the rectangular writing table rising from substantial cabriole legs terminating in firmly carved ball & paw feet. Having a tool...
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Antique 1850s English Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

1930s Turkish Hand Carved Wooden Single Drawer Table
Located in Malaga, ES
1930s Turkish hand carved wooden single drawer table.
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Early 20th Century Turkish Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

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

Baker Furniture Regency Style Writing Desk
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in Dallas, TX
Baker "Museum Reproduction" Regency style writing desk in beautifully figured rosewood veneers with solid walnut carved elements, circa 1960.
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Mid-20th Century American Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

  • Baker Furniture Regency Style Writing Desk
  • Baker Furniture Regency Style Writing Desk
  • Baker Furniture Regency Style Writing Desk
  • Baker Furniture Regency Style Writing Desk
H 29.5 in. W 48.5 in. D 26 in.
Marta Walnut/Black Oak 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 walnut /ebonized sandblasted oak, brushed brass / dark bronze base seamless, matching drawer Measures: 54" W x ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Organic Modern Desks and Writing ...

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Brass, Bronze

New York Meeks & Sons Writing Table in Plum Mahogany with Leather, circa 1840
By Meeks & Sons Manufactory 1
Located in Miami, FL
A very handsome American Rococo Revival writing table in fine plum mahogany attributable to well-known New York City cabinet maker, Joseph Meeks & Sons. Features inset leather top wi...
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Antique Mid-19th Century American Rococo Revival Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Mahogany

Italian Carved Walnut Center Table
Located in New Orleans, LA
Italian Walnut Sofa Table or Desk with one drawer in a gadrooned top upon carved trestle legs and a carved stretcher.<br /> Wonderful carving and patina.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

  • Italian Carved Walnut Center Table
  • Italian Carved Walnut Center Table
  • Italian Carved Walnut Center Table
  • Italian Carved Walnut Center Table
H 33 in. W 47 in. D 34 in.
19th Century French Louis XVI Painted Writing Table Desk with Faux Marble Top
Located in Dallas, TX
This elegant, antique ladies writing desk was carved in northern France, circa 1860. Rectangular in shape, the table stands on four fluted and tapered legs with carved spline decor, ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Louis XVI Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Paint

Vintage Pine and Hardwood "Partner's" Writing Desk
Located in Baltimore, MD
This handsome side-by-side partner’s writing desk has been in this dealer’s office for twenty years. It is comprised of three pieces. The farmhouse-style table base, a handmade repro...
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Late 20th Century American Desks and Writing Tables

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Hardwood, Pine

Dish Solid Wood Contemporary Sculptural Carved Conference Desk Dining Table
By Grain
Located in Bainbridge Island, WA
Taking inspiration from hand-carved African stools, a solid wood tabletop with a sloping underbelly is created with a little help from technology. A CNC router is used to cut away th...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Ash

20th Century Italian Walnut Writing Table, Desk in the Manner of Carlo Ratti
By Carlo Ratti
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vintage Mid-Century Modern Italian writing table, desk made of hand carved Walnut, composed with two drawers in the manner of Carlo Ratti, in good condition. The desk top is angula...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Brass, Iron

20th Century Mahogany Wood French Writing Desk, 1920
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
French writing desk from the first half of the 20th century. Furniture carved in mahogany wood with bronze and gilded brass decorations of beautiful line and pleasantly decor. Writin...
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Vintage 1920s French Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

  • 20th Century Mahogany Wood French Writing Desk, 1920
  • 20th Century Mahogany Wood French Writing Desk, 1920
  • 20th Century Mahogany Wood French Writing Desk, 1920
  • 20th Century Mahogany Wood French Writing Desk, 1920
H 29.93 in. W 51.19 in. D 27.56 in.
Italian Carved Walnut Desk Table, Italy 17th Century Baroque
Located in Varmo, IT
Entirely in walnut with turned legs and in front of a drawer.
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Antique Mid-17th Century Italian Baroque Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

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Writing Table Carves For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of writing table carves available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique writing table carves was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, walnut and metal. Find 212 antique and vintage writing table carves at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 16 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. There are all kinds of writing table carves available, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Louis XV, Mid-Century Modern and Victorian writing table carves are consistently popular styles. Writing table carves have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Amorph Inc. Dos Gallos Studio and Baker Furniture Company are consistently popular.

How Much are Writing Table Carves?

Writing table carves can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $6,450, while the lowest priced sells for $821 and the highest can go for as much as $125,000.

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.