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Arts and Crafts Desks

ARTS AND CRAFTS STYLE

Emerging in reaction to industrialization and mass production, the Arts and Crafts movement celebrated handcrafted design as a part of daily life. The history of Arts and Crafts furniture has roots in 1860s England with an emphasis on natural motifs and simple flourishes like mosaics and carvings. This work is characterized by plain construction that showcases the hand of the artisan.

The earliest American Arts and Crafts furniture dates back to the start of the 20th century. Designers working in this style in the United States initially looked to ideas put forth by The Craftsman, a magazine published by Wisconsin native Gustav Stickley, a furniture maker and founder of the Craftsman style. Stickley’s furniture was practical and largely free of ornament. His Craftsman style drew on French Art Nouveau as well as the work he encountered on his travels in England. There, the leading designers of the Arts and Crafts movement included William Morris, who revived historical techniques such as embroidery and printed fabrics in his furnishings, and Charles Voysey, whose minimal approach was in contrast to the ornamentation favored in the Victorian era.

American Arts and Crafts work would come to involve a range of influences unified by an elevation of traditional craftsmanship. The furniture was often built from sturdy woods like oak and mahogany while featuring details such as inlaid metal, tooled leather and ceramic tiles. The style in the United States was led by Stickley, whose clean-lined chairs and benches showcased the grain of the wood, and furniture maker Charles Rohlfs, who was informed by international influences like East Asian and French Art Nouveau design.

Hubs in America included several utopian communities such as Rose Valley in Pennsylvania and the Byrdcliffe Arts and Crafts Colony in New York, where craftspeople made furniture that prioritized function over any decoration. Their work would influence designers and architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, who built some of the most elegant and iconic structures in the United States and likewise embraced a thoughtful use of materials in his furniture.

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Style: Arts and Crafts
Arts & Crafts Mission Oak 3 Drawer Desk & Chair with Rush Seat by Lifetime C1912
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous mission Oak Arts & Crafts 3 drawer desk with a horizontal slat back desk chair with a rush seat. One long drawer over two short drawers. Both pieces are all quarter sawn oak...
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1910s American Vintage Arts and Crafts Desks

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Iron

Antique Carved Oak Scottish Arts & Crafts Green Man Desk Bureau Dresser 1880
Located in Portland, OR
A good antique Scottish carved oak Arts & Crafts 'Green Man' desk, circa 1880. The Green Man design has it's roots in antiquity, the face made up o...
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1880s Scottish Antique Arts and Crafts Desks

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Oak

Signed Gustav Stickley Antique Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Desk, Newly Restored
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional antique Mission or Arts & Crafts writing desk By Gustav Stickley (original label present) USA, Early 20th Century Solid quarter sawn oak, with original hamm...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks

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Copper

Gordon Russell. A fine quality Cotswold School ash single drawer desk
Located in London, GB
Gordon Russell. A fine quality Cotswold School ash single drawer desk. With brass Gordon Russel Ltd. Broadway Worcs to the back. This timeless piece of Cotswold history is fit for pu...
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1930s English Vintage Arts and Crafts Desks

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Brass

G F Hardy. An oak childs desk with a slanted writing area and storage underneath
Located in London, GB
G F Hardy Manchester. An Arts and Crafts oak childs desk with a slanted writing area and storage underneath. The sides are carved and polychrome painted with a sweet little rabbit an...
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1910s English Vintage Arts and Crafts Desks

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Oak

George Jack Morris & Co attr. Arts & Crafts oak carved library table/double desk
Located in London, GB
George Jack for Morris and Co. attributed. An exceptional Arts and Crafts quarter-sawn oak library table/double desk, with a rectangular top and shaped sides united by a floor stretc...
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1890s English Antique Arts and Crafts Desks

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Oak

Victorian Stripped Pine Greeting Station Cupboard
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Victorian Stripped Pine Greeting Station Cupboard This is a very good quality cupboard, it has been used as a Restaurant Greeting Station, it has a panelled front and a flat galle...
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19th Century Antique Arts and Crafts Desks

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Pine

Pitch Pine Hotel Restaurant Reception Hostess Greeting Station
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Pitch Pine Hotel Restaurant Reception Hostess Greeting Station, Greeter A Good Heavy Pitch Pine Front of House Oak Greeter, the front and sides of the desk are panelled and decorate...
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1880s Antique Arts and Crafts Desks

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Pine

Antique Stickley Style Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Slant Front Secretary Desk
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Mission or Arts & Crafts slant front writing desk or secretary desk In the manner of Stickley Brothers USA, Circa 1900 Quarter ...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks

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Copper

Antique Wicker Desk with Chair and Telephone Table
Located in East Hampton, NY
Antique Wicker Desk with Chair and Telephone Table, Arts and Crafts Style 3 piece wicker set has original paint and crackle patina, top has minor scratc...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Arts and Crafts Desks

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Wicker, Wood

Travel Cabinet - Bargueno Desk - Spain and England - Early XXth - Arts and Craft
Located in Beuzevillette, FR
The Bargueno is a portable desk. The base is typically Spanish and dates from 20th Century. The upper part was added in the 20th century in England and dates from the Arts and Craft ...
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20th Century Spanish Arts and Crafts Desks

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Wood

Antique H.T. Cushman Betumal Oak Telephone Stand Small Child's Desk
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique H.T. Cushman Betumal Oak Telephone Stand Small Child's Desk. Item features a pull out seat, glass top, storage cubby to stand, solid woodconstr...
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Early 1900s Antique Arts and Crafts Desks

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Glass, Oak

Antique American Arts & Crafts Oak Roll Top Desk, Circa 1890s
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional antique Arts & Crafts desk with unique folding roll top USA, Circa 1890s Beautiful quarter sawn oak, with birdseye maple drawer interiors and brass hardware. Measur...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Arts and Crafts Desks

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Brass

British Oak Arts and Crafts Desk
Located in London, GB
This is a really good desk, plenty of storage and beautifully made by Wylie and Lochhead of Glasgow. The original locks are by Hobbs and Sons - and we have the keys. It featured i...
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Early 20th Century British Arts and Crafts Desks

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Oak

Arts & Crafts Oak Barrister Bookcase with Drop Front Secretary Desk, circa 1920s
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous antique Arts & Crafts barrister bookcase with fall front secretary desk Recently procured from Frank Lloyd Wright's DeRhodes House Attributed to Globe Wernicke US...
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1920s American Vintage Arts and Crafts Desks

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Brass

Oak Arts and Crafts Restaurant Reception Podium, Greeter
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Oak Arts and Crafts Restaurant Reception Podium, Greeter, Oak Arts and Crafts Greeter, the top of the desk has a flat polished surface suppo...
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Late 19th Century Antique Arts and Crafts Desks

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Oak

Walnut Wood Desk The Netherlands By Sordile
Located in DE MEERN, UT
Bureau de Maastunnel was conceived by Remco de Wolf. Designed and realized in Rotterdam. After an earlier project with laminating wood, he wanted to apply this again in his latest de...
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2010s Dutch Arts and Crafts Desks

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Plexiglass, Walnut

Carved Oak and Rattan Reception Desk
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Carved oak and rattan reception desk The Desk stands on slender barley twist turned legs with a long Bergèr stretcher towards the back, this matche...
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Mid-19th Century Antique Arts and Crafts Desks

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Oak

Antique English Arts & Crafts Oak Bureau Bookcase Attributed to Liberty & Co
Located in Glasgow, GB
An attractive Arts & Crafts oak motto style bureau bookcase in golden quarter-sawn oak firmly attributed to Liberty & Co. of London. Featuring a moulded carved cornice with inscription ‘J.S. & L.E.S. TO V.R.C. JUNE 7TH 1911’ above a leaded green bullion glass door and open shelves, the bureau fall-front opening to reveal various pigeon holes and a quarter-sawn oak writing surface, with a drawer and pairs of cupboard doors below and three further drawers to the side. With Liberty design shaped hammered copper handles and brass locks to the bureau and drawers. In good solid condition and very well made, this would have been a very special commission as large bureau...
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Early 20th Century English Arts and Crafts Desks

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Brass, Copper

Arts & Crafts Style Maple & Walnut Desk/Console, Manner of Jere Osgood
Located in East Hampton, NY
This incredibly sculptural console/vanity made of rare and exquisite woods (Burl, Maple and Walnut) probably by Jere Osgood. Features a whimsical swivel dr...
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1980s American Vintage Arts and Crafts Desks

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Maple, Walnut

English Arts & Crafts Handmade Dark Stained Solid Oak Desk with Side Shelves
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
Solid oak English Arts & Crafts desk with built in side shelves and removable top for ease of movement make this a practical gem. Original hardware perfectly intact and united by str...
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Early 1900s English Antique Arts and Crafts Desks

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Oak

Arts & Crafts Flame Mahogany Knee Hole Writing Desk
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Arts & Crafts flame mahogany knee hole writing desk. This superb desk is in one piece it has twin pedestals with a shelved cupboard and a con...
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Late 19th Century Antique Arts and Crafts Desks

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Mahogany

Shapland & Petter, Arts & Crafts Mahogany Desk with a Pierced Heart to the Top
Located in London, GB
Shapland & Petter. A wonderful Arts & Crafts mahogany writing desk with a pierced heart to the top, shaped back and sides, with upper three quarter shelf and a stylized floral leaded glass back below. A period style leather writing area with hand tooled gilt decoration to the edges. A bow fronted drawer with stylized copper heart...
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Early 1900s English Antique Arts and Crafts Desks

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Leather, Mahogany

Stunning Napoleon Le Grand Arts and Crafts Inlaid Nutwood Ladies Desk and Chair
Located in Lisse, NL
Unique, wonderful and practical Arts & Crafts set. It really does not matter whether you are a collector of Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Jugendstil or Arts & Crafts, because this amazing ...
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Early 20th Century Dutch Arts and Crafts Desks

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Brass

American Antique Hand-Painted Birds and Poppies Desk
Located in South Burlington, VT
Love Birds and Poppies This is an original and beautiful hand-painted and hand incised fall front desk. This unique work of art is hand-painted on front with a roundel of three vibrant and colorful birds against a mountain scape and bouquets and runners of red poppies and greenery on remainder front perimeters, the sides and back are plain. Inside we find a fitted interior with one drawer and pigeonholes. Two simple shelves...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks

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Wood

Victorian Carved Oak Writing Table
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Victorian Carved Oak Writing Table A particularly fine quality Writing table or desk the top has a rope carved top edge and a lattice styl...
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Late 19th Century Antique Arts and Crafts Desks

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Oak

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Regency Partners Desk Walnut Library Desk
Located in Potters Bar, GB
Fantastic large partners desk in the Regency manner True partners desk with drawers and cupboards on both sides Features solid oak drawer linings and brass drop handle Good size so p...
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1980s Vintage Arts and Crafts Desks

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Rare Gordon Russell Sideboard By WH Curly Russell c.1958
Located in Accrington, GB
A rare Gordon Russell sideboard dating to the 1950’s. The sideboard is made from a multiple of different woods with a teak body, ebony cupboard doors and satin wood drawer fronts. In...
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Antique Arts & Crafts Mission Oak Globe Wernicke Three Stack Barrister Bookcase
Located in Big Flats, NY
Antique Arts and Crafts barrister bookcase by Globe Wernicke offers oak construction with three stacks, each having a pull out glass door, raised on straight legs, maker label as pho...
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20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks

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Glass, Oak

Stickley Mission Oak Lingerie Chest or Semainier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Clean Lined Stickley Lingerie Chest or Semainier, originally designed in the 1910s by Gustav Stickley, this example is part of the authorized line pr...
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Early 2000s American Arts and Crafts Desks

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Metal

Federal Cherry Slant Lid Desk
Located in Bradenton, FL
A very nice size late 18th century American Cherry Chippendale slant front desk with white Pine secondary wood. Four molded graduated dra...
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Federal Cherry Slant Lid Desk
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McGuire Oak & Bamboo Writing Desk
Located in Dallas, TX
Mid-century modern desk with light wash color that highlights the woodgrain and brass drawer drop handles. The neutral finish makes this desk more contemporary than its dark brown an...
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1970s North American Vintage Arts and Crafts Desks

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Oak

McGuire Oak & Bamboo Writing Desk
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H 30 in W 52 in D 24 in
Antique Roll Top Desk Mahogany Bureau, 1880
Located in Potters Bar, GB
Classy French Empire roll top desk in mahogany Plenty of storage with all the cubby holes and drawers Writing surface revealed by opening up the...
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1880s Antique Arts and Crafts Desks

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Mahogany

Antique Stickley Style Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Slant Front Secretary Desk
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Mission or Arts & Crafts slant front writing desk or secretary desk In the manner of Stickley Brothers USA, Circa 1900 Quarter ...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks

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Copper

English Pine Slant Top Desk
Located in Wilson, NC
English pine slant top desk, with beautiful honey color and patina throughout, the interior with multiple drawers and cubby holes, fall board support...
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1830s English Antique Arts and Crafts Desks

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Brass, Steel

English Pine Slant Top Desk
English Pine Slant Top Desk
H 41.5 in W 41.75 in D 24 in
Antique Arts & Crafts Metamorphic Library Steps William Morris Carpet Upholstery
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely antique Arts & Crafts Victorian metamorphic library steps chair in oak with William Morr...
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1880s English Antique Arts and Crafts Desks

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Upholstery, Oak

Antique Georgian Walnut Slant Front Desk, Bureau, Scotland 1810, H528
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique Georgian walnut slant front desk, bureau, Scotland 1810, H528 Scotland 1810 Solid walnut Original finish With pigeon holes and drawers Enclosed by a fall front lid With four...
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1810s Scottish Antique Arts and Crafts Desks

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Walnut

Antique Arts & Crafts Stickley School Mission Oak Bookshelf Circa 1910
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique Arts and Crafts bookshelf in the manner of Stickley offers oak construction with four shelves and stylized slat sides, c1910 Meas...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks

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Oak

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Antique Arts & Crafts Stickley School Carved Oak Drop Front Desk C1920
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique Arts & Crafts drop front desk in the manner of Stickley offers oak construction with cutout backsplash and foliate carved cabinet doors, c1920 Measures- 44''H x 38.25''W ...
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Arts & Crafts Mission 5 Drawer Desk #500 By L&JG Stickley Brothers C1910
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous desk in quarter sawn oak with mortise and tenon construction, all pegged by L&JG Stickley c1910. A 5 drawer desk which has ample storage and a f...
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1910s American Vintage Arts and Crafts Desks

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Iron

Antique Limbert Arts & Crafts Mission Oak Drop Front Desk C1910
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique Limbert Arts and Crafts desk offers oak construction with drop front opening to interior with pigeon holes and drawers, raised on straight a...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks

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Oak

Antique Arts & Crafts Mission Oak Library Table, Grand Rapids, Circa 1910
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique Arts and Crafts Mission Grand Rapids library table offers quarter sawn oak construction with double drawers over base with lower shelf, c1910 Measures - 29.25"h x 49.75"w...
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Early 20th Century Arts and Crafts Desks

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Oak

Dark Pine Hotel Restaurant Reception Hostess Greeting Station, Greeter
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Dark Pine Hotel Restaurant Reception Hostess Greeting Station, Greeter A very neat Front of House Reception Greeter, the front of the desk has a sma...
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1880s Antique Arts and Crafts Desks

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Pine

Arts and Crafts Oak Restaurant Reception Station Greeter
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Arts and Crafts Oak Restaurant Reception Station Greeter Tall Arts and Crafts Greeter, the greeting station has a gallery around the slope and a ...
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Angus, William & Co of London Antique Tambour Roll Top Oak Desk
Located in STOKE ON TRENT, GB
A high-quality oak Antique tambour roll-top desk, circa 1900, by Angus, William & Co of London, with a presentation plaque to Capt. W. D. Montgomery ...
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1910s British Vintage Arts and Crafts Desks

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Antique Stickley Brothers Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Drop Front Secretary Desk
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous antique Mission or Arts & Crafts slant front writing desk By Stickley Brothers USA, early 20th century Quarter sawn oak, with original hammered copper hardware. Desk locks, and key is included. Measures: 33.75"W x 17.5"D x 45.25"H. Desk height...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks

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Antique Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Secretary Desk Attributed to Stickley Brothers
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mission or Arts & Crafts drop front secretary desk. Attributed to Stickley Brothers USA, circa 1900 Quarter sawn oak, with original copper hardware. Desk locks, and key is included. Measures: 28.13"W x 17.25"D x 42.5"H. Desk height...
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Copper

Antique Mission Arts & Crafts Quartersawn Oak Library Desk Table Craftsman 47"
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique handmade Mission desk made by James Dietz an Ohio craftsman, circa 1920s. A rectangular form made from quartersawn oak with classic slatted sides...
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1920s Vintage Arts and Crafts Desks

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Oak

Unique Dutch Arts & Crafts Oak Partners Desk and Filing Cabinet Into One, 1910s
Located in Lisse, NL
Unique and very stylish antique desk from early 1900s Amsterdam. When you don't know much about the history of a unique antique then sometimes you need to look better at it than others have and the answers might come to you that way. When we first saw this piece of furniture, our knowledge about this Style told us it was a typical Dutch Arts and Crafts antique that was hand-crafted around 1915. Apart from the design and the oakwood exterior with the coromandel handles on the drawers it has exactly the kind of patina that ties in with pieces from that era. What makes this piece stand out from any other antique desk that we had ever seen is the design itself. Fully closed this is a relatively small filing...
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Early 20th Century Dutch Arts and Crafts Desks

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Brass

Antique Stickley Brothers Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Drop Front Secretary Desk
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous antique Mission or Arts & Crafts slant front writing desk By Stickley Brothers USA, Early 20th Century Quarter sawn oak, w...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks

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Copper

Arts And Crafts desks for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Arts and Crafts desks for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage desks created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include case pieces and storage cabinets, tables, asian art and furniture and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, oak and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Arts and Crafts desks made in a specific country, there are Europe, North America, and United States pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original desks, popular names associated with this style include 't Modelhuis N. Legrand, Globe Wernicke, Gordon Russell, and Grand Rapids Furniture Co.. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for desks differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $960 and tops out at $12,900 while the average work can sell for $2,487.

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