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Louis XVI Desks

LOUIS XVI STYLE

Reflecting the final era of royal opulence before the upheaval of the French Revolution, antique Louis XVI furniture features more angular shapes than the Rococo curves of the Louis XV style, harkening back to the imposing grandeur of Louis XIV.

Dating between 1750 and 1800, an era that overlapped with the last king of France whose reign was cut short by the guillotine, Louis XVI furniture, known as the goût grec, is emblematic of the neoclassical revision that French furniture underwent during the second half of the 18th century.

Authentic Louis XVI furniture characteristics include clean lines and carved details such as scrolls and acanthus flourishes that were inspired by ancient Greece and Rome. This was informed by a burgeoning interest in antiquity in the 18th century, owing to new archaeological excavations at sites including Pompeii and Herculaneum. It largely eclipsed the more East Asian–influenced ornamentation of Louis XV for something more geometric and symmetrical.

The Louis XVI style was defined by what was being created for the palatial rooms at Versailles and Fontainebleau, particularly for the queen, with cabinetmaker Jean-Henri Riesener being a favorite of Marie-Antoinette’s for his luxurious pieces accented with gilded bronze and marquetry. Furniture maker Jean-Baptiste-Claude Sené was also a major designer of the period, with his pieces for the royal residences adorned with giltwood and neoclassical touches like tapered columns for chair legs and laurel leaf carvings. Cabinetmaker Adam Weisweiler occasionally incorporated into his furniture porcelain panels produced by Sèvres, a popular manufacturer of European ceramics that served the crown with serveware, vases and other decorative objects.

Find a collection of antique Louis XVI seating, tables, cabinets and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Louis XVI
Late Louis XVI Mahogany Architect's Table, Late 18th Century
Located in Spencertown, NY
The green leather top with leather inset slides at each end. The top opening to adjustable heights with reading rest.
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1790s French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Mahogany

Louis XVI Gilt Bronze and Mahogany Bureau a Cylinder
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
This is a handsome mahogany cylinder bureau de dame of delicate proportions. The hand selected mahogany is decorated with gilt bronze. The top of the desk has a gallery and three sma...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Bronze

Louis XVI Style Walnut Desk by Baker Furniture
Located in Pasadena, CA
Walnut writing desk by Baker Furniture with brass handles. A little flange around the back and sides is preventing your papers to fall down.
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1960s American Vintage Louis XVI Desks

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Brass

Louis XVI Style Leather Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This extraordinary 1950s Louis XVI style leather desk is in great condition beautifully crafted out of mahogany wood and has been professionally restored by our expert craftsmen team...
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1950s American Vintage Louis XVI Desks

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Brass

19th Century Louis XVI Style Giltwood Marble Top Library Table
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Grand French 19th century library table, writing table, or bureau plat featuring an Italian Carrara marble top inset. Crafted in the neoclassical Louis XVI taste, the frieze is decor...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Carrara Marble

French 19th Century Ladies Writing Desk
Located in Brighton, Sussex
French 19th Century ladies fall front bureau de dame, having wonderful Amboyna, veneers with classical Boxwood inlay to the centre depicting a classical urn with over flowing flowers...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Mahogany

19th Century French Ladies Writing Desk
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A good quality late 19th century French Kingwood veneered ormolu mounted bureau de dame, in the style of Louis XVI, having quartered veneers to the fall with inset Sevres style porce...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Mahogany

Ebonized Louis XVI Gilt Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary early 1950s Louis XVI gilt desk is hand-crafted out of solid wood in great condition and has been completely restored by our professional craftsmen team. This lovely...
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1950s French Vintage Louis XVI Desks

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Brass

19th Century French Boulle Louis XVI Style Mazarin / Desk
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A fine quality 19th century French Boulle Mazarin desk, having wonderful classical scrolling decoration and subjects inlaid in brass and tortoiseshell to the top, sides and base. Ha...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Brass

Late 18th Century Louis XVI Cartonnier Desk
Located in Paris, FR
Late 18th century piece of furniture called a “cartonnier” in wood veneer and used for storing papers. Each section of the piece features a frame of gilt bronze, fluted stripes. Its ...
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18th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Bronze

Ebonized Louis XVI Style Bureau Plat by Baker Furniture
Located in Danville, CA
Handsome writing desk in black lacquer by Baker/Milling Road. Features brass hardware and cup casters and the center drawer is both locked and pulls open with the key. The writing su...
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1960s American Vintage Louis XVI Desks

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Walnut

Antique Gilt Louis XVI Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This extraordinary antique gilt Louis XVI desk is hand-crafted out of mahogany wood, is in great condition, and has been completely restored by our professional craftsmen team. This ...
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Early 1900s French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Brass

French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Desk
Located in Atlanta, GA
French 19th century Louis XVI style desk.
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Leather, Oak

Pair 19th Century Bonheur Du Jours
Located in Brighton, Sussex
Rare pair of 19th Century French Kingwood and Tulip wood veneered Bonheur du jours, each with pierced three quarter brass galleries, gilded ormolu mounts, three drawers either side o...
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19th Century Japanese Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Porcelain, Mahogany

19th Century French Bonheur Du jour
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very good quality French 19th century bonheur du jour, having a verni martin painted door, a single frieze drawer, gilded ormolu mounts in the manner of Francois Linke.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Ormolu

French Louis XVI Style Diminutive Ebonized Writing Table
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Dramatic French diminutive ladies writing table or desk featuring a black lacquer ebonized finish. Made in the neoclassical Louis XVI taste with a simple clean design and minimal dec...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Brass

19th Century French Ladies Desk
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very good quality late 19th century, Louis XVI style, French kingwood kidney shaped writing desk. Having gilded ormolu gallery to the top, five small drawers above the inset leathe...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Ormolu

Antique Italian Louis XVI Style Desk
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Antique Louis XVI style walnut double pedestal desk, 19th century. Back side of desk has false drawer fronts and doors so desk can be floated in the center of a room.
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19th Century Italian Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Brass

French Louis XVI Style Mahogany Bureau Plate by Krieger
Located in Brighton, Sussex
.A fine quality late 19th century Mahogany Louis XVI style bureau plat, having wonderful scrolling foliate gilded rococo style ormolu mounts to the elegant cabriole legs and drawer f...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Ormolu

French Louis XVI Style Secretaire Abattant, circa 1800
Located in Lucenec, SK
The secrétaire à abbatant or fall front desk is nearly identical to the desk 5th President James Monroe brought back from France in 1797. These desks are elegant examples of the popu...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Brass

Louis XVI-Style Mahogany and Marble-Top Secretaire Abbatant, Early 19th Century
Located in Savannah, GA
Louis XVI-Style Mahogany and Marble-Top Secretaire Abbatant, Early 19th Century. The inset variegated white marble top with a three-quarter pierced brass gallery and turreted corne...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Marble, Brass

Louis XVI Cylinder Desk, South Germany, 1780
Located in Belmont, MA
Louis XVI cylinder desk, South German 1780. Walnut veneer with intarsia in yew and mahogany. The cylinder desk has a beautiful decor with geometric and garland motifs. The lower par...
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1780s German Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Walnut

Baker Furniture Louis XVI French Executive Desk
Located in Morgan, UT
Baker Furniture French Louis XVI style executive desk Baker Furniture, USA, 1980s Measures: 72.88 Wide x 35 Deep x 30.18 High. Louis XVI style walnut and cherry executive de...
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1980s American Vintage Louis XVI Desks

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Brass

French Original Black Painted Portable 18th Century Writing Desk
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
An original black painted portable desk from the end of the 18th century. With owner initials, the desk has a French hand-written address on the inside. Desk is with the original pai...
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Late 18th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Wood

Louis XVI Style Tulipwood Writing Table
Located in Essex, MA
Original to the Waldorf Towers in New York City with metal tag and serial number on back. New tooled brown leather top set within an inlaid border over three drawers with flanking br...
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Late 18th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Tulipwood

French 19th-20th Century Louis XVI, Mahogany & Gilt-Bronze Mounted Centre Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A French 19th-20th century Louis XVI. Mahogany and gilt-bronze mounted centre - Writing table with tooled leather top, Paris, circa 1900. Measures: Height 29 1/2 inches (74.9 cm) ...
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Early 1900s French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Bronze

19th Century French Writing Table
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very good quality French Louis XVI style bureau plat, having an inset leather top, gilded ormolu mounts, a single frieze drawer, raised on elegant cabriole legs terminating in scro...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Ormolu

French 18th Century Walnut Secrétaire à Abattant
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
This wonderful solid walnut secre´taire a` abattant was constructed in the period of Louis XVI, circa 1780. A single, slim drawer at the top features brass drop ring pulls and a deco...
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18th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Brass

Large French Ebonised Bureau Plat
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Very smart French Empire ebonised desk. This desk retains its original worn rouge leather inset top. To the frieze, a long central drawer is flanked by two shorter drawers. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Louis XVI Desks

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Brass

Louis XVI Secretaire a Abattant
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is a very good example of a late 18th century Louis XVI Secretaire a Abattant. The secretaire is crafted of solid walnut and is a generous 39.5" wide. The fall front when down r...
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Late 18th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Brass

Louis XVI Style Mahogany and Gilt Bronze Writing Desk
Located in London, GB
Built from mahogany, topped with leather and mounted with gilt bronze, this splendid Louis XVI style writing desk exudes neoclassical elegance and will add a sumptuous, grand touch t...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Desks

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Ormolu, Bronze

Middle 19th Sencuty Louis XVI French Secretaire Desk Brass Applique Original
Located in Sant'Arsenio, Campania
Secrétaire with harmonic dimensions. Completely restored. Portoro marble.
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Marble, Bronze

SALE 19th Century French Louis XVI Mahogany Inlaid Ladies Desk Brass Ornaments
Located in Sofia, BG
This is a beautiful antique French mahogany inlaid Ladies writing desk made circa 1890. The fall front opens to reveal an interior of leather writing surface, and bank of three drawe...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Mahogany

Cylinder Secretary Desk in Lucite Late 1980s Style Louis XVI
By Comatec
Located in Brussels, BE
Amazing very rare limited edition cylinder secretary desk in Lucite late 1980s This is the best secretary kept in town: A fine art, exquisite piece of furniture offered in mint cond...
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1980s Vintage Louis XVI Desks

Antique French Louis XVI Boudoir Writing Desk 18th C
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique French Louis XVI ladies boudoir writing desk offers serpentine form with polychromed floral and foliate elements throughout, case with single drawer, raised on cabriole le...
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18th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Wood

Antique French Louis XVI Kingwood & Satinwood Marquetry Ladies Secretary 19thC
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique French Louis XVI ladies secretary offers kingwood construction with satinwood marquetry and banded inlay in demilune form with upper display vitrine having curved glass an...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Kingwood, Satinwood

20th Century Italian Louis XVI Style Inlaid Walnut Writing Desk
Located in Casale Monferrato, IT
Elegant Italian Louis XVI style writing desk. Rare and precious solid walnut wood. Comfortable size for a practical use. The desk has elegant straight legs. Equipped with four practi...
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1950s Italian Vintage Louis XVI Desks

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Walnut

French Directoire Style Painted Desk by John Widdicomb
Located in Stamford, CT
A creme peinte bureau plat in the style of French Directoire, circa 1960s, the wood top in natural finish over a frieze fitted with three drawers and decorated with parcel-gilt bandi...
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Mid-20th Century Louis XVI Desks

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Wood

Maison Jansen Inspired French Louis XVI Ebonized Desk Available in Any Dimension
Located in Chicago, IL
Maison Jansen inspired French Louis XVI style ebonized mahogany desk, with gold or brass accents, made here at Old Plank in our very own workshop. This impressive Maison Jansen Louis...
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2010s American Louis XVI Desks

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Mahogany

Antique French Louis XVI Style Mahogany and Parquetry Bureau a Rognon
Located in Montreal, QC
Although of kidney shape, this desk is more substantial than generally found in such a form. The top has a pierced brass gallery enclosing a fanning kingwood veneer. The leather slid...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Mahogany

18th century Louis XVI Writing Desk, cherry veneer, South Germany
Located in Belmont, MA
Rare Louis XVI writing desk, South German 1780, exquisite cherry and plum wood veneer on front back, sides and top. The writing top is framed by an open work brass bordering. In very...
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1780s German Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Cherry

19th Century Country French Louis XVI Secretary
Located in Dallas, TX
19th Century Country French Louis XVI secretary is a truly astonishing work of the cabinetmaker's art! Hand-crafted from solid old-growth indigenous oak, it features a slim profile t...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Oak

French Louis XVI Style Roll Top Desk in Mahogany and Gilt Bronze
By Jean-Henri Riesener
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
An imposing Louis XVI style roll top desk in beautifully figured mahogany and having finely chased and gilded bronze mounts; the green marble top with a bronze gallery above three lo...
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1880s French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Marble, Bronze

French Mahogany Desk
Located in Westwood, NJ
A flame mahogany writing desk, with leather inlaid side slides and five drawers surrounding the kneehole, on turned and brass leaf mounted tapering legs. The original Napoleon III. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Louis XVI Desks

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Wood

Late 19th Century French Ladies Writing Desk
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A good quality late 19th century French bureau De-Dame, having wonderful marquetry floral inlay to the fall and top, opening to reveal a shelf, drawers and a slide opening to a well....
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Mahogany

Louis XVI Ormolu-Mounted Bureau Plat, Late 18th Century
Located in Spencertown, NY
A Louis XVI ormolu-mounted bureau plat, late 18th century with center drawer and flanking side drawers, drawer on right with safe. Provenance: Duveen Brothers.
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1790s French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Ormolu

French Neo Classic Leather Top Desk
Located in Westwood, NJ
A French neoclassic style Bureau Plat with a gilt-tooled inset leather top writing surface, with exotic Zebrali veneers, with five drawers, fine brass inlays, raised on brass inlaid ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Louis XVI Desks

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Brass

French Kingwood Bonheur du Jour, circa 1890
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A fine quality late 19th century French Kingwood Bonheur Du Jour, having a wonderful faded patina, white marble to the top, with three quarter brass gallery. Sèvres style porcelain p...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Porcelain, Kingwood, Mahogany

Mid 18th Century French Louis XVI Period Tulipwood and Ormolu Bureau Plat
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An elegant and high quality French 18th century Louis XVI period tulipwood and ormolu bureau plat desk. The three drawer desk is raised by four fine square tapered legs with beautifu...
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18th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Ormolu

Middle 19th Sencuty Louis XVI French Secretaire Desk Brass Applique Original
Located in Sant'Arsenio, Campania
Secrétaire with harmonic dimensions. Completely restored. Portoro marble.
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Marble, Bronze

18th Century French Louis XVI Flame Mahogany Secretary or Drop Leaf Desk
Located in Miami, FL
A fine late 18th century French Louis XVI secretary or drop leaf desk made of beautiful flame mahogany. This very good quality secretaire a abattant, secretary or drop leaf desk d...
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Late 18th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Brass

French Louis XVI Style Rosewood Bureau Plat Desk
Located in San Francisco, CA
Serpentine shape Louis XVI style desk inlaid with mahogany and rosewood, having robust brass mounts, and inset green leather writing surface with gilt tooling detail. Has two short d...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Brass

Stunning 19th Century French Mahogany & Brass Inlay Cylinder Desk
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this very fine Louis XVI style lady's desk from the end of the 19th century entirely in mahogany with brass inlay. The top with a red marble in per...
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19th Century European Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Brass

Vintage Custom Painted Italian French Regency Style Tall Secretary Desk & Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Beautiful hand-painted vintage, two-piece secretary desk with matching chair. The pieces are painted in a whimsical Italian style, largely blue and off-white, with intricate bird and...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Louis XVI Desks

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Cane, Wood

John Vesey Mid-Century Modern Desk or Bureau plat, Steel and Bronze
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid-Century Modern bronze and steel writing desk, or bureau plat designed by John Vesey (American 1924-1992). Made in the grand neoclassical French Louis XVI taste featuring Steel co...
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Late 20th Century Louis XVI Desks

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Bronze, Stainless Steel

19th Century French Bonheur du Jour
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A good quality 19th century French ormolu mounted Bonheur du jour, having Sevres style porcelain plaques inset in to the doors with hand painted floral decoration. Cross-banding to t...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Mahogany

Rolltop Desk after Jean-Henri Riesener Attributed to Maison Beurdeley
Located in Paris, FR
Remarkable Louis XVI style rolltop writing desk with marquetry latticework pattern. The front of the desk features six drawers. The rolling cover is embellished with a beautiful marq...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Bronze

19th Century French Louis XVI Style Mahogany Inlaid Ladies Desk with Vitrine
Located in Sofia, BG
This is a beautiful French antique mahogany inlaid ladies writing desk, circa 1870 in date. The fall front opens to reveal an interior of writing surface, and bank of two drawers. Th...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Desks

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Mahogany

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