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Desks and Writing Tables For Sale
Jacobean Style Flame Mahogany Secretary Desk by Bloomingdales
Located in Plainview, NY
A 1970's Jacobean Spanish colonial style drop-lid slant front desk made of quality flame mahogany with upper double side door cabinets. Featuring a solid mahogany construction with a...
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20th Century American Jacobean Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Chiado Console Backlit Patagonia Granite Red Leather Champagne Black Lacquered
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Wooden console with main structure lacquered in satin black. Tabletop in polished Patagonia granite backlit with LED light. Semicircular wooden base upholstered in dark red premium I...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Granite, Onyx, Marble, Brass

Chiado Console Blue Leather Champagne Black Lacquered Brushed Brass Oak Root Top
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Wooden console with top in oak root veneer with satin finish. Top base in brushed brass with a high-gloss finish. Semi-circular wooden base upholstered in light blue premium Italian ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Carrara Marble, Brass, Stainless Steel

Armona Desk Matt Walnut Polished Onyx Champagne Lacquered Dark Oxidized Brass
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Desk with top in walnut veneer matt finish and inlay details in dark oxidised brass with a high-gloss finish and polished Shadow onyx. Wooden legs lacquered in high-gloss champagne-c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Marble, Brass

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

Alma Console Blue-Grey Black Lacquered Dark Oxidized Brass One Leg Wall Mounted
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Wooden console lacquered in high-gloss dark blue-grey with two-drawer compartments. Front drawer panel in dark oxidized brass with a high-gloss finish. Wooden leg lacquered in satin ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Stainless Steel, Brass

Mastercraft Brass 'Trilobi' Triangular Dining Table or Desk Bases, circa 1970
Located in Los Angeles, CA
One of the hottest items currently with interior designers are these gleaming brass 'Trilobi' Mastercraft dining table bases, which also work excellent for a desk, feature a hefty tr...
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1970s American 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

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

Menir Console American Oak Black Calacatta Black Veins Lacquered Champagne Black
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Console main structure in American oak veneer, open-pore black stained matte finish with a marble detail in polished Calacatta black vein. Wooden faceted legs lacquered in satin blac...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Onyx, Carrara Marble, Brass

Desk with Drawers, Mid Century Modern Wood Copper / by Brazilian Atelier BAM
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
Marajoara desk with drawer is a study upon Mid Century Modern utilitarian furniture, with Brazilian Native Arte Reference. In tribute to Lina Bo Bardi's design, this furniture piece...
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2010s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Copper

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

19th Century English Victorian Burr Walnut Writing Table
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
A fine quality Victorian burr walnut writing table, with gilt brass mounts, the raised back with a pierced gallery above a mirror and fitted with five drawers, above a hand coloured ...
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Mid-19th Century English Victorian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Rounded Luxury Classical Office Desk, Gold Leaf by Modenese Gastone Interiors
Located in PADOVA, IT
Admire this figured presidential office desk finely finished in ebanon and gold leaf decorated carvings. Its curved baroque legs really make a statement, and the real italian leather...
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2010s Italian Baroque Desks and Writing Tables

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Gold Leaf, Silver Leaf

Asymmetrical Brutalist Inspired Writing Desk with Leather Top by Kate Duncan
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Riffing on a traditional writing desk, our writing desk is made to order in a variety of sizes, wood types and finishes. A small drawer done up with dovetails, a leather bottom and o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Wood

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

Luigi Caccia Dominioni, "Fasce", an Executive Desk, 1960s
Located in Paris, FR
A rectangular metal desk, the top plate covered with cognac leather surrounded with a chromed border rested on the frame supported by four rectangular feet. With two lateral drawers....
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Early Victorian Mahogany Writing Table
Located in Whaley Bridge, GB
Sn5129 Fine quality early Victorian writing desk in mahogany, having black tooled leather top and two cockbeaded and mahogany lined drawers fitted with original turned knobs, standin...
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1850s Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Bodil Kjær Office Desk Table, Wood and Steel by Karakter
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table designed by Bodil Kjær in 1959. We are proud to present our first design from a Danish designer. In this case, Danish architect, professor, and designer, Bodil Kjær. The ic...
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2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Ennio Fazioli Writing Desk MIM Roma Italy 1958
By Ennio Fazioli
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very nice and large sized rosewood writing desk designed by Ennio Fazioli and was designed after the Terni series which was designed by Ico Parisi and manufactured by MIM Roma, Italy...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany, Rosewood

Black Desk with Drawer, Wood and Metal Legs, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Style
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
Marajoara desk with drawers is a study on Mid-Century Modern utilitarian furniture, with Brazilian Native Arte Reference. By Atelier BAM Design. In tribute to Lina Bo Bardi's design...
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2010s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Antique Military Campaign Style Desk
Located in London, GB
A very smart and extremely well made desk, in the antique military campaign style. This was made in England, it dates from around the 1950-1960’s period. It is of great quality an...
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1950s English Campaign Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

18th C English Mahogany Architect’s Table with Brass Candle Slides
Located in Milford, NH
A fine example of an English mahogany architect's table with locking adjustable top, two brass candle slides, and an expandable green leather top writing desk with storage compartmen...
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18th Century English Georgian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Macassar Ebony Desk With Gold Leaf And Brass Hardware
Located in Toronto, Ontario
The Shape Shifter Desk is beautifully handcrafted in an Art Deco contemporary style. Brass knobs were individually crafted and polished to a mirror finish. Gold leaf was added to th...
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2010s Canadian Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Gold Leaf

Modern Art Deco Design Desk in White Oak Leaf and Gold Metal Details
Located in Porto, PT
Modern Art Deco design desk in white oak leaf and gold metal details 44 office desk 44 office desk fuses elements of surrealism vibes with an Art Deco style. The luxury desk is the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Stainless Steel

Cipriani Dragonfly Desk with Walnut and Leather
Located in Boston, MA
Designed By CPRN Homood Gentle forms, unusual combinations, sensory materials, and sophisticated details: the Dragonfly collection by CPRN Homood offers a handcrafted and highly i...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Pierre Jeanneret Pigeonhole Desk in Black Stain and Black Leather, India, 1950s
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Iconic office desk in rosewood by Pierre Jeanneret for the administration buildings in Chandigarh, India, 1950s. Elegantly refinished in black stain and a black leather desktop.
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1950s Indian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood, Leather

Slant Top Desk On Stand
Located in Wilson, NC
The leather writing surfaces on this desk have been newly restored with blind and gold tooling. The inside prospect door has a working lock and key.
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1760s English Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

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

Axel-Einar Hjorth, 'Lovö' Table, Nordiska Kompaniet, 1932
Located in DE
Pine 'Lovö' table by Swedish Modernist Axel-Einar Hjorth, manufactured by Nordiska Kompaniet in Sweden, circa 1932. Best known for his modern reduced design, this table by Axel-Eina...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Andreas Hansen Danish Mid-Century Pine Desk & Desk Chair
Located in Norwalk, CT
A Mid-Century Modern free-standing desk made of pine, designed by Andreas Hansen. Featuring top with three flip up leaves, under which storage compartments, middle section with brick...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Mid Century Ladies Desk from Nový Domov, 1960´s, Czechoslovakia
Located in Prague 8, CZ
A Simple ladies beech wood writing desk from the Nový Domov company, 1960´s, Czechoslovakia This desk was manufactured by Nový Domov Company and its design we attributed to Františe...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Beech

Czech Mahogany Bauhaus Chrome Tubular Writing Desk by Robert Slezak, 1930s
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Desk with a frame in tubular chromed steel. Manufactured by Robert Slezak factory, in the 1930s. Wood is completely restored. The original veneer is preserved. Tubular steel with ...
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Early 20th Century Czech Bauhaus Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Drafting Table and Caddy in Blackened Steel and Smoked Glass by Force/Collide
Located in Seattle, WA
This ultra modern drafting table and utility cart set features a satin black oxide steel framework with a tempered gray glass inlay. An uninterrupted, flush work surface that pivots ...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Cut Steel, Sheet Metal, Metal, Bronze, Steel

Original 1900 Italian Desk in Walnut and Fir, with Three Drawers, Turned Leg
Located in Buggiano, IT
Original 1900 Italian desk in walnut and fir, with three drawers, turned leg. It originally belonged to a family doctor's office. To find out the cost of transport to USA etc write ...
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Early 1900s Italian Rustic Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut, Fir

Paul McCobb Winchendon Modern 1560 Birch Desk
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Classic Paul McCobb Planner Group for Winchendon model 1560 two drawer natural finish solid birch desk Featuring a refinished solid birch framework and surface, deep double drawers,...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Writing Desk Table by Deborah Ehrlich
Located in Accord, NY
Deborah Ehrlich's simple writing desk is handmade with traditional joinery by an incredibly talented master craftsman in RI. The delicate proportions are a nod to the elegance of al...
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2010s American Desks and Writing Tables

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Ash, Hickory, Oak

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Executive Desk
Located in La Grange, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid century executive desk Desk measures: 60 wide x 27 deep x 29.25 inches high with a chair clearance of 24.5 inches All pieces of furniture can be had...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

19th Century French Burl Walnut Writing Table
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a 19th century French burr walnut writing table, having a single drawer, standing on elegantly shaped legs, the front two with decorative ormolu mounts. The table is in g...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Dramatic Curved DESK in Mahogany & Luxe Goatskin on Tapered Legs Mexico 1960s
Located in National City, CA
AMBIANIC is pleased to offer: Luxurious desk with a fabulous curved shape. Constructed in mahogany wood and goatskin. No label or information present from the maker. Attribution desi...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Goatskin, Mahogany

Ebonized Wood All Black MiMi Desk by Miduny, Made in Italy
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The faceted geometry of the MiMi desk creates a slender, elegant profile and captures light differently depending on the orientation. This modern and graceful design returns contempo...
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2010s Italian Minimalist Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Birch, Plywood

Desk in Teak of Danish Design from the 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Desk in teak of Danish design from the 1960s. The table is in great vintage condition.  
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Mahogany Inlaid Cylinder Desk
Located in Cheshire, GB
Mahogany cylinder desk, the rectangular top section with satinwood edge over an inlaid fall enclosing a leather-lined writing slide and fitted interior and a further frieze drawer be...
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Early 20th Century British Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Presidential Writing Desk by Frigerio, Wooden, Brass Elements, Italy, 1970s
Located in Vienna, AT
Presidential Writing Desk by Frigerio, Wooden, Brass Elements, Italy, 1970s. Rare presidential mid-century desk by Italian designer Luciano Frigerio for the „Norman“ series in 1970....
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

French Country Solid Ash Trestle Writing Table
Located in Mt Kisco, NY
A lovely antique primitive French flip top writing table or console with a repeating Gothic style stretcher.
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19th Century French French Provincial Antique Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

1930's Scandinavian Carved Birch Art Deco Desk
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Scandinavian carved birch art deco desk, circa 1930. Fine quality art deco period desk from Sweden. Rectangular top with carved detailing round the top surface. 3 drawers above th...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Birch

Black Desk Files Drawers, Wood Metal, Mid-Century Modern Style, Available Now
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
Marajoara desk with drawers and files (optional) is a study on Mid-Century Modern utilitarian furniture, with Brazilian Native Arte Reference. Available Now. In tribute to Lina Bo...
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2010s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Antique Chinese School Desk
Located in New York, NY
A nicely worn antique Chinese school desk with simple stool and single drawer all in one piece. Great patina with traces of original black paint. From Shanxi Province, circa 1900. D...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Rare Georgian Mahogany Kneehole Desk Lift Up Top, 18th Century, circa 1780
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
Rare Georgian mahogany kneehole desk lift up top, 18th century, circa 1780 A rare 18th century George III mahogany gentleman's kneehole desk, England, circa 1780, the lockable hin...
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1780s English George III Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

AB Broderna Gustafssons Scandinavian Mid Century Vintage Secretary Desk
By Bröderna Gustafssons
Located in Baltimore, MD
Classic 1960s Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian designed teak secretary desk by AB Bröderna Gustafssons, Sweden. The beautifully shaped contemporary secretary desk is wrapped in a stun...
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

1970s Chinoiserie and Faux Bamboo Campaign Style Leather Top Desk by Sligh
Located in Kennesaw, GA
Love this! This is a leather top desk by Sligh Furniture that combines chinoiserie and campaign styling to make a bold statement piece! It is marked and in very good condition. The d...
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1970s American Campaign Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

21st Century Charles 10 Desk, White Ebony, White Maple and Brass, Made in Italy
By Stefano Trapani, Hebanon Fratelli Basile
Located in Nocera Superiore, Campania
A contemporary and refined reworking of the Charles X secretaire rouleaux. The Charles 10 desk is an expression of the increasingly interconnected contemporary man, secretly building...
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2010s Italian Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Gold Leaf

Standard Furniture Company Mid Century Walnut Brass and Cane Bowtie Desk
Located in La Grange, IL
Standard Furniture Company mid century walnut brass and cane bowtie desk Desk measures: 78 wide x 38 deep x 28.5 inches high ?All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Midcentury Walnut Serpentine Desk
Located in Port Chester, NY
A Mid-Century Modern walnut veneered writing table with four serpentine sides, brass round capitals, a long central drawer on turned and tapered legs. Dimensions: 60" W x 30" D x ...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Earthy French 19th Century Natural Pine Desk
Located in Hopewell, NJ
This early but refinished pine table from Lyon, France has a rich patina and two drawers and could be used as a desk, side table or small dining table. Apron is 21.25 from floor #53...
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Late 19th Century French Rustic Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

19th Century English Victorian Burr Walnut Kidney Shaped Desk
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a good quality 19th century English Victorian burr walnut kidney shaped desk, the top having a brass gallery and decorative marquetry inlays surrounding a hand dyed leath...
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Mid-19th Century English Victorian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Directional Aluminum Etagere w Glass Shelves & Desk, 1980s
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a great, aluminum shelving unit etagere, with five glass shelves and an attached desk, by Directional, circa the 1980s. In very good vintage condition. The ...
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1980s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

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

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.