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Desks and Writing Tables For Sale
English Mid-Century Faux Bamboo Desk with Vellum Top and Semicircular Shelf
Located in Atlanta, GA
An English faux bamboo desk from the mid-20th century, with vellum top, semi-circular shelf and drawers. Created in England during the mid-century period, this desk features a semi-c...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Faux Bamboo, Paper

English 19th Century Mahogany Table with Compartment, Drawer and Reeded Legs
Located in Atlanta, GA
An English mahogany table from the 19th century, with single drawer, small compartment and reeded legs. Created in England during the 19th century, this mahogany table features a rec...
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19th Century English Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Xitle Desk with 2 Drawers
Located in Mexico City, MX
The "Xitle" desk is part of ADN Studio´s Volcan Collection. This collection seeks to go back to basics. It is a subtle and refined interpretation of the archetypical modern furniture...
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2010s Mexican Aesthetic Movement Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Motus Console Table By Raka Studio - Bent Wood
Located in Cape Girardeau, MO
The Motus console is designed using the ancient Japanese technique of wood bending. At Raka Studio we create designs using this technique which are fluid in their form and are cohere...
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2010s Organic Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Hardwood, Bentwood

21st Century Modern Chiado Console Handcrafted in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st century contemporary modern Chiado console patagonia granite leather handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple Chiado console longue materials Wooden console with main str...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Granite, Onyx, Marble, Brass

21st Century Modern Chiado Console Handcrafted in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st century contemporary modern Chiado console oak root leather handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple Chiado console longue materials Wooden console with top in oak root v...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Carrara Marble, Brass, Stainless Steel

Sculpted Brescia Marble Table by Omar Chakil
Located in Geneve, CH
Sculpted Brescia marble table by Omar Chakil Brescia marble Measures: length 295 cm x width 110 cm x height 75 cm Omar Chakil French Egyptian Lebanese former singer songwri...
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2010s Egyptian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Breccia Marble

Antique French Louis XVI Style Desk Unrestored and in Virtually New Condition
Located in Chicago, IL
Our Antique French Louis XVI style (expert stated, looks Directoire to us) desk, is a perfect example of what happens when someone places a piece of glass on the desk top and does no...
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1910s French Louis XVI Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Cherry

21st Century Art Deco Castelo Console Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st century contemporary art deco Castelo console handcrafted in Portugal by Greenapple Castelo console materials Wooden console with main structure lacquered in satin black. Table...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Marble, Brass, Stainless Steel, Steel

Lovely Late 19th Century Gilt Bronze-Mounted German K.P.M. Porcelain Desk
Located in New York, NY
A lovely late 19th century gilt bronze-mounted German K.P.M. porcelain desk Decorated all-over with porcelain plaques painted with scenes of courting couples, the upper section wi...
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Late 19th Century German Belle Époque Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Minimalist Modern Desk in Walnut
Located in Lisbon, PT
A stylish desk for home or office. The clean look is achieved by using the drawers almost hided, and as a part of the desk’s structure, as well as cable storage under the tabletop. F...
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2010s European Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Walnut, Plywood

Italian Freestanding Desk in Oak and Brass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Freestanding desk, oak, brass, Italy, 1950s. This elegant curved freestanding desk truly radiates the quality of midcentury Italian design. Note for instance the lineair carved l...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

21st Century Modern Armona Dining Table Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Modern Armona 10-Seat Dining Table Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Armona 10-Seat Dining Table Materials Bean-shaped table top with two...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Marble, Brass

Sistelo 6-Seat Dining Table Oak Root Black Champagne Lacquer Brushed Brass
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Dining table with top in oak root veneer with satin finish and details in high-gloss champagne-colored bronze powder. Wooden base lacquered in satin black and inlay metal details in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Marble, Brass, Stainless Steel

21st Century Modern Armona Desk Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st century contemporary modern Armona desk walnut shadow onyx dark oxidised brass handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Armona desk materials Desk with top in walnut...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Marble, Brass

Supernova, Recycled Cast Aluminum Table Leg in Black by Made in Ratio
Located in London, GB
The contemporary supernova is a dynamic, self-levelling trestle cast entirely from entirely recycled aluminium in a fully sustainable closed-loop factory. Simple and versatile to ori...
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2010s British Minimalist Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Marc van Rampelberg Freestanding Desk in Solid Iroko
By Marc van Rampelberg
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Marc van Rampelberg, freestanding desk, iroko, Kenya, 1980s. This one of a kind solid Iroko freestanding desk is manufactured in Kenya and designed by the Belgian designer Marc v...
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1980s Kenyan Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Friso Kramer Style Rosewood and Steel Executive Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rosewood executive desk with two sets of stacked drawers, a skai wrapped privacy screen and a floating rosewood top on a black enameled metal frame with prouve style legs. In origina...
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Steel

Italian 19th C. Smaller-Sized Desk with Leather Writing Pad Top & Single Drawer
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian smaller-sized desk, with leather writing pad top, from the 19th century. This antique table from Italy features a rectangular-shaped top, fitted with a camel-colored leath...
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19th Century Italian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Leather

Broyhill Premier Saga Mid Century Walnut and Brass Desk
Located in Countryside, IL
Broyhill Premier Saga mid century walnut and brass desk This desk measures: 50.5 wide x 22.25 deep x 30.5 inches high, with a chair clearance of 24.5 inches All pieces of furni...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

21st Century Art Deco Style Castelo Console Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st century contemporary art deco style Castelo console handcrafted in Portugal by Greenapple Castelo console materials Wooden console with main structure lacquered in satin black....
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Travertine, Carrara Marble, Marble, Onyx, Steel, Brass

Unique Stoneware Cells Desk by Jan Ernst
Located in Geneve, CH
Unique stoneware cells desk by Jan Ernst Dimensions: D 60 W 75 H 120 cm Materials: Stoneware Glazed to client specification. Other dimensions available, The Origin Collecti...
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2010s South African Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Stoneware

Office Desk Formanova Lacquered Wood Metal Italy \'60s-\'70s
Located in Milano, IT
60s-70s desk with typescript and drawers in black lacquered wood with metal legs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Danish Mid-Century Modern Desk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous Danish teak desk from the 60s. Classic Mid-Century Modern design with deep desk space. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).  
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Paul McCobb Planner Group Mid-Century Modern Writing Desk, Newly Refinished
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional minimalist mid-century modern writing desk By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Black lacquered solid maple, with original bras...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

French Marcello Desk in Blue Lacquer, Glass, and Brass by Joris Poggioli
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This statement-making desk in glossy blue lacquer, with glass base, brass accents, and velvet and MDF drawers, is by up-and-coming French designer Joris Poggioli.
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2010s French Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Tavolo Casette, Maple and Walnut with "Brics" Veneer, design Ugo La Pietra
Located in Salizzole, IT
Tavolo Casette, table made of maple and walnut wood designed by Ugo La Pietra and manufactured by Morelato for the "Strumenti di comunicazione e arredo domestico" exhibition, curated...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Desks and Writing Tables

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Maple, Walnut

Ebonized Wood All Black MiMi Console or Tiny Desk by Miduny, Made in Italy
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The faceted geometry of the MiMi console table creates a slender, elegant profile punctuated with angled surfaces that capture light. This sculptural and graceful design looks great ...
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2010s Italian Minimalist Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Plywood, Birch

Contemporary Giorgetti Desk, Writing table by Massimo Scolari, Italy, 1990s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Massimo Scolari; desk; office furniture; Giorgetti; Italy; 1990s; Aluminum; Beech; Italian Design; Italian Furniture; Contemporary; Art Nouveau; Minimalism; Eclectic Contemporary ...
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1990s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

American Studio Craft Walnut & Koa Desk
Located in Berkeley, CA
California studio desk by Berkeley craftsman Jim Sweeney. The desk is crafted of a solid Walnut and Koa, features four drawers with exposed joinery on sides, raised on the angled tre...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

19th Century English Oval Writing Desk
Located in Hudson, NY
A beautiful mid-19th century English oval writing desk, with nicely carved ball and claw feet, a leather top with subtle greek key pattern around the edge, and a lovely gallery rail ...
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Mid-19th Century British Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

AES Emperador Marble Contemporary Desk, Jan Garncarek
Located in Geneve, CH
AES desk This unique desk consists of a metal collar with nero marquina marble top. The frame is made from black powder coated steel. Brass elements emphasise the elegance and excl...
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2010s German Organic Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble

1990s French 3-Drawer Wooden Dressing Table
Located in Malaga, ES
Vintage 1990s French 3-drawer wooden dressing table.
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Late 20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Raymond Loewy for Mengel Buffet/ Desk/ Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Raymond Loewy versatile buffet/ desk/ dining table! Buffet that does everything! Nice Display area with lower storage. Leaf Pulls up to work as a Desk, but then pulls out more to wor...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

19th Century Antique Architects Metamorphic Writing Desk
Located in STOKE ON TRENT, GB
Architects table Erly 19th century architects writing mahogany desk, the top with central leather inset panel rising on ratchet support, and two hinged end panels. When you lif...
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19th Century European Mid-Century Modern Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Rosewood and Aluminum Desk by Kai Kristiansen for Feldballes Møbelfabrik, 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This gorgeous Rosewood and Aluminum desk by Kai Kristiansen for Feldballes Møbelfabrik was designed and produced in the 1960s, Denmark, and features incredible Brazilian Rosewood wit...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

19th Century Swedish Gustavian Desk with originalpaint
Located in Boden, SE
Unusual charming early 19th Centurty Swedish Gustavian desk with a door instead of a drawer. Nice patina on the desk. The desk is scraped by hand to its originalpaint in a lovely ...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Radius Cutaway Walnut Desk with Drawers
Located in brooklyn, NY
Radiused outer edges and scalloped inner edge create a contrasting profile that adorns this minimal desk. Made from hand oiled solid walnut, this desk blends simple lines with unique...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Regency Mahogany Writing Table
Located in Essex, MA
With rectangular top with inset brown leather over a frieze containing two drawers and opposing drawers all with brass ring handles raised on saber legs and casters.
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Early 19th Century English Regency Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

AES Black Marble Contemporary Desk, Jan Garncarek
Located in Geneve, CH
AES desk This unique desk consists of a metal collar with nero marquina marble top. The frame is made from black powder coated steel. Brass elements emphasise the elegance and excl...
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2010s German Organic Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble

Danish Desk by Aksel Bender Madsen & Ejner Larsen, Denmark, 1960's
Located in Utrecht, NL
Beautiful distinguished Danish desk, made of mahogany (mainly solid) by Danish designers Ejner Larsen and Aksel Bender Madsen from 1960. The desk is full of beautiful detailing such...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Louis XVI Style Ladies Writing Desk Attributed to Maison Jansen, 20th Century
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

Hand-Sculpted Brass Desk, Misaya
Located in Geneve, CH
Hand-sculpted brass Desk by Misaya Dimensions: 71 x 114 x 72 cm. Material: Hand-sculpted brass Sold without the glass top.  
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2010s Thai Post-Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Louis Philippe Fruitwood Partner's Desk with Original Leather Top
Located in Port Chester, NY
This desk is a bit of an enigma. Purchased in Alsace, the region of France that borders Germany and Switzerland, it has both French and German design elements. The mother-of-pearl ke...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Fruitwood

Gio Ponti Small Desk Mid-Century Italian Design Laminate Brass Walnut
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Gio Ponti small desk mid-century Italian design laminate brass walnut. including Certificate of exspertire Gio Ponti Archive.
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1950s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Desk by Tretiak Works, Handmade Contemporary Walnut Brass Customizable
Located in Portland, OR
This desk features a Classic Silhouette with elegant yet modern detailing. The desktop offers plenty of room to spread out for efficient and organized work. custom-made brass hardwar...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Antique Fruitwood Side Table or Small Writing Table
Located in Port Chester, NY
An elegant dark fruitwood side table or small writing table with nice grain and patina. Classic tapered legs and a single center drawer. 24 inch apron height is good for knees. We fo...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Fruitwood

French Lady's Desk
Located in Woodbury, CT
In the Louis XV style, a curved lady's desk with brown leather and gold tool work. One long drawer below the writing surface. Three short drawers at the writing surface. The writing...
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Late 19th Century French Louis XV Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Mid-Century Modern Cityscape Brass, Chrome and Glass Dining Table by Paul Evans
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A beautiful cityscape dining table designed by Paul Evans. It features a brass and chrome paneled base with thick clear glass top. The base by itself measures 36 W 20 D 29 H. Well ca...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Chrome

Space Age Black Brown Lacquer Steel Oval Desk Console Table, France, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Space Age black brown lacquer steel oval desk console table, France, 1960s Beautiful desk or entry table with an oval lacquer wood black top with brown leather detail. The lacquer...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

Barbara Barry for Baker Art Deco Style Writing Desk
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Glamorous Art Deco style writing table or desk designed by Barbara Barry for Baker Furniture. Crafted from oak hardwood featuring a sleek case with dramatic scalloped edges on each s...
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20th Century American Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Nickel

19th Century Dutch Library Table Desk and Four Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th century Dutch ebonized library table desk and four chairs with beautiful inlay marquetry.  
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20th Century Dutch Desks and Writing Tables

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Burl

Robert Josten 1970s Metal Grid and Glass Desk with Wood Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Unusual Robert Josten 1970s aluminum grid desk with glass top and wood chair. Chair dimensions: Height 36.5, width 14.5, depth 17.5, seat 19.75.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Handsome Antique Italian Console Desk with Nicely Carved Trestle Style Legs
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian desk with turn of the 17th and 18th century top, raised upon 19th century legs. This handsome Italian desk of rich walnut or chestnut wood features an oblong-shaped turn o...
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Early 18th Century Italian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Desk “AT 305” Designed by Hans J. Wegner for Andreas Tuck, Denmark, 1955
Located in Stockholm, SE
Oak. Stamped by cabinetmaker Andreas Tuck. Measures: H 73 cm / 2' 5" W 75.5 cm / 2' 7" L 139 cm / 4' 6" Extended: 231.5 cm / 7' 7".
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Sculptural Cast Iron Pedestal and Glass Industrial Dining / Work Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sculptural cast iron pedestal base and glass Industrial dining / work table. Beautiful patina on the base. Heavy custom made glass top with cable opening in the middle. Impress...
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Early 1900s North American Industrial Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

Abyss Desk by Christopher Duffy for Duffy London
Located in London, GB
The Abyss Desk expands Duffy’s explorations of depth with a mesmerizing depiction of the Earth’s seabed, played out in vivid turquoise colours and grounded on stainless steel drawers...
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2010s British Desks and Writing Tables

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Glass, Wood

Asian Influenced Brass Console Table by Mastercraft
Located in Atlanta, GA
Asian influenced brass console table by Mastercraft, American, circa 1960s. Retains warm original patina. This piece is a versatile size and can be used as a console table, desk, van...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Brass

Antique and Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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.