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Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

ART DECO STYLE

Art Deco furniture is characterized by its celebration of modern life. More than its emphasis on natural wood grains and focus on traditional craftsmanship, vintage Art Deco dining chairs, tables, desks, cabinets and other furniture — which typically refers to pieces produced during the 1920s and 1930s — is an ode to the glamour of the “Roaring Twenties.” 

ORIGINS OF ART DECO FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF ART DECO FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Bold geometric lines and forms, floral motifs
  • Use of expensive materials such as shagreen or marble as well as exotic woods such as mahogany, ebony and zebra wood
  • Metal accents, shimmering mirrored finishes
  • Embellishments made from exotic animal hides, inlays of mother-of-pearl or ivory

ART DECO FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

VINTAGE ART DECO FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

Few design styles are as universally recognized and appreciated as Art Deco. The term alone conjures visions of the Roaring Twenties, Machine Age metropolises, vast ocean liners, sleek typography and Prohibition-era hedonism. The iconic movement made an indelible mark on all fields of design throughout the 1920s and ’30s, celebrating society’s growing industrialization with refined elegance and stunning craftsmanship.

Widely known designers associated with the Art Deco style include Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Eileen Gray, Maurice Dufrêne, Paul Follot and Jules Leleu.

The term Art Deco derives from the name of a large decorative arts exhibition held in Paris in 1925. “Art Deco design” is often used broadly, to describe the work of creators in associated or ancillary styles. This is particularly true of American Art Deco, which is also called Streamline Moderne or Machine Age design. (Streamline Moderne, sometimes known as Art Moderne, was a phenomenon largely of the 1930s, post–Art Nouveau.)

Art Deco textile designers employed dazzling floral motifs and vivid colors, and while Art Deco furniture makers respected the dark woods and modern metals with which they worked, they frequently incorporated decorative embellishments such as exotic animal hides as well as veneers in their seating, case pieces, living room sets and bedroom furniture.

From mother-of-pearl inlaid vitrines to chrome aviator chairs, bold and inventive works in the Art Deco style include chaise longues (also known as chaise lounges) and curved armchairs. Today, the style is still favored by interior designers looking to infuse a home with an air of luxury and sophistication.

The vintage Art Deco furniture for sale on 1stDibs includes dressers, coffee tables, decorative objects and more.

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Style: Art Deco
Melting Vanity Table in Cream Shagreen and Bronze-Patina Brass by R & Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The melting vanity table's simple but elegant design, makes for an adaptable elegant piece of furniture. The cream shagreen inlaid surface is fram...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Oak Art Deco Modernist Desk or Writing Table by Hendrik Wouda for Pander, 1920s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Magnificent and ultra rare Art Deco Modernist desk or writing table. Design by Hendrik Wouda for H. Pander & Zonen Den Haag. Striking Dutch design from the 1920s. Solid oak base with...
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1920s Dutch Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Art Deco German Curved Desk in Walnut
Located in Houston, TX
Elegant German Art Deco Desk is made out of walnut wood. Has slightly curved top with leather insert in the middle. There is thin keyed drawer. Desk is supported by 2 wide rectangula...
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1940s German Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Walnut

Giorgio Collection Luna Ebony Macassar and Sycamore Desk in High Gloss Finish
Located in New York, NY
Desk with top in ebony Macassar with 6 mm filet in Zebra veneer in high gloss polyester with 1 full extension drawer with bottom velvet. inside and 1 file drawer on each side. Center pencil drawer...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Macassar, Ebony

French Art Deco Cerused Oak Curved Desk Attributed to Jules Leleu
Located in Houston, TX
French Art Deco cerused oak curved desk attributed to Jules Leleu. This stunning French Modern limed oak desk has beautiful bronze hardware and sabots with bookshelves on the front s...
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1940s French Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Tubular Nickel-Plated and Enamelled Metal Desk and Chair, France, 1930s
Located in Catonvielle, FR
Beautiful set including a desk and its chair in nickel-plated and enamelled metal, France, 1930. Curved U-shaped tubular frame, white enameled metal tray lined with cork. The moderni...
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1930s French Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Italian Antique Walnut Brass Glass Top Desk Writing Table
Located in Carimate, Como
Very elegant Italian antique desk or writing table with stylish carved legs veneer wood with two central drawers. This beautiful piece is completed by the black glass top and the bra...
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20th Century Italian Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Leather Top Deco Style Desk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This writing desk features a leather top with glass protector on an aluminum base. Single drawer with decorative acrylic handle. Can also be used as a console table. Please confirm l...
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20th Century Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Danish Cabinetmaker, Desk / Dining table in Oak, Mid Century Modern, 1950s
Located in Odense, DK
Introducing a timeless desk / dining table, a Mid Century Modern masterpiece handcrafted by a skilled Danish cabinetmaker in the 1950s. Attributed to Martin Nyrop for Rud Rasmussen, ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

A Black Art Deco Desk for the Boss Voltaire by De Coene Frères Belgium 1940s
Located in Ulm, DE
Desk from the Belgian Furniture Manufactory DeCoene Frères. Double Face desk for the boss on one side and the secretary on the other Well known Art Déco Furniture, Belgium 1940s F...
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1940s Belgian Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Italian rationalist wood and aluminium metal desk
Located in Milano, IT
Here is a desk of timeless elegance, an exquisite creation of the Rationalist period in Italy. Crafted with meticulous precision, this Italian desk perfectly combines the warmth of w...
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1930s Italian Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Aluminum

Custom Clad Mirrored Desk, Custom Design
Located in New York, NY
The desk / vanity is mirrored clad, has five pull-out drawers with an Art Deco style.
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2010s Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Mirror

Art Deco Table J. Halabala
Located in Kraków, Małopolska
Art Deco table by J. Halabala from 1960s. Art Deco table by the famous Czech designer J. Halabala, 1940. Jindrich Halabala, (a Czech designer ranked among the most outstanding creat...
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1950s Czech Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Desk Fryklund in pine by Carl Malmsten
Located in Göteborg, SE
The desk "Fryklund" by Carl Malmsten in pine is a classic and timeless high-quality piece of furniture, designed to suit both modern and traditional home interiors. Made from solid p...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Art Deco Table J.Halabala from 1960
Located in Kraków, Małopolska
Art Deco table by J. Halabala from 1960s. The piece of furniture was made of walnut tree. Art Deco table by the famous Czech designer J. Halabala, 1950. Jindrich Halabala - (a Czech ...
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1950s Czech Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Art Deco Table J.Halabala from 1960
Located in Kraków, Małopolska
Art Deco table by J. Halabala from 1960s. The piece of furniture was made of walnut tree. Art Deco table by the famous Czech designer J. Halabala, 1950. Jindrich Halabala - (a Czech ...
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1950s Czech Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Art Deco Table J.Halabala from 1960
Located in Kraków, Małopolska
Art Deco table by J. Halabala from 1960s. The piece of furniture was made of walnut tree. Art Deco table by the famous Czech designer J. Halabala, 1950. Jindrich Halabala - (a Czech ...
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1950s Czech Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

1940s Art Deco Italian Walnut Burl Black Glass Waterfall Writing Desk Table
Located in Carimate, Como
Beautiful Italian Art Deco Mid-Century Modern desk writing table, in veneer burl wood and precious black opaline glass top, with elegant carved frame and curved sides highlighted by ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Opaline Glass, Wood

Art Deco Desk
Located in Lee-On-The-Solent, GB
An Art Deco light oak nine drawer, bar handled, inverted breakfront twin pedestal desk. Just fitted with a new leather top. The central drawer with a working lock and key. A quality,...
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1930s British Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Art Deco French Desk in Macassar with Leather Top Insert
Located in Houston, TX
Art Deco French desk in Macassar wood Desk is made out of Macassar wood and newly re-upholstered with a strip of brown leather in the middle of the desk’s top. Each of the legs have ...
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1940s French Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Large Dutch Art Deco Oak wood executive writing desk 1920/30
By Pander
Located in Den Haag, NL
Very nice large writing table .Oak wood .Amsterdam school style Dutch Art Deco 1920/30 Pander . also suitable for a dining table
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1920s Dutch Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Art Deco Table J.Halabala from 1960
Located in Kraków, Małopolska
Art Deco table by J. Halabala from 1960s. The piece of furniture was made of walnut tree. Art Deco table by the famous Czech designer J. Halabala, 1950. Jindrich Halabala - (a Czech ...
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1950s Czech Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

large art deco desk from the 1930s with solid wood and brass curtain
Located in Lyon, FR
Imposing French art deco desk from the 1930s. Solid wood structure with two lockers on the top closing with a rosewood curtain. Two drawers on each side and a large central drawer, a...
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1930s French Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Art Deco French Elegant Writing Desk in Macassar
Located in Houston, TX
Beautiful and elegant Art Deco Period French writing desk. Macassar veneer - table desk with shaped top; three drawers underneath. Keyed middle drawer. Resting on tapered and channel...
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1930s French Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Art Deco Desk by Maurice Adams
Located in Lee-On-The-Solent, GB
A fine Art Deco desk by Maurice Adams, in highly polished walnut. Bow fronted, with four drawers to each side, a central door and a good size cupboard beneath. Quality, silvered hand...
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1930s British Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Two Modernist art deco writing tables circa 1930
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Two Modernist art deco writing tables circa 1930
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1930s French Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Art Deco French Writing Desk in Macassar Wood
Located in Houston, TX
Beautiful and very elegant Art Deco French writing desk. It is made out of Macassar wood and legs are out ebonyzecd wood. Tips of legs are wrapped with brass holders. Desk has 2 spac...
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1930s French Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Charles Dudouyt Cubist Inspired Walnut Desk / Dining Table
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Cubist inspired walnut desk in the fashion of designers like Charles Dudouyt with cheery stained hardwood veneer, two-tier stepped top and sharp squared legs.
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1970s American Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Hardwood

Art Deco French Grand Desk
Located in Houston, TX
Art Deco table is made out of high quality walnut wood. It composed out of 2 parts/sides with lots of room/drawers for storage. Both sides are connected on the bottom with each other...
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1940s French Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Art Deco Burl Karelian Birch Pedestal Writing Dining Table Desk circa 1930
Located in Shippensburg, PA
ART DECO PERIOD KARELIAN BIRCH PART-EBONIZED PEDESTAL DESK Circa 1930 also suitable as a small format dining table with a fitted glass top Item # 312IZW08P The overall air of this ...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Glass, Birch

P.E.L. Tubular Steel Writing Desk and Chair, United Kingdom 1930s
By PEL
Located in Hellouw, NL
Charming P.E.L. Tubular Steel Writing Desk and Chair from the United Kingdom, the 1930s. This set is probably designed by Serge Chermayeff (1900–1996)...
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1930s British Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome, Steel

1920's Red and Blue Wooden Desk
Located in Brno, CZ
This is a recently restored wooden desk believed to be designed in the 1920’s, with the red and blue colours being the original combination of this piece. The main colour of the tabl...
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1920s Czech Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

French Art Deco Desk in Macassar Ebony By Majorelle
Located in Paddock Wood Tonbridge, GB
Art Deco Desk - By Louis Majorelle Exceptional quality Art Deco desk produced in France c1925, in Macassar Ebony and stamped with his unique inlay signature Majorelle Nancy to the i...
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1920s French Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Macassar

Art Deco Buffet Credenza Two Doors Cabinet, Walnut and Brass, France, circa 1930
Located in Labrit, Landes
Cabinet Art Deco, French, circa 1930. Credenza buffet burr walnut. Two doors and one shelf. The varnish was redone. Good condition. Shipping: L 160, P 52, H 91 46 Kg.
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1930s French Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

1930s French Art Deco Limed Oak and Leather Desk in the manner of Jacques Adnet
Located in London, GB
A modernist Art Deco desk in limed oak with partially clad oxblood leather top. With clean lines and simple brass drawer pulls, very much in the manner of Jacques Adnet or Eugene Pri...
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1930s French Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Art Deco Cherrywood Kneehole Desk
Located in New York, NY
Art Deco Cherrywood Kneehole Desk, Circa 1940. With an inset laminate writing surface and a pullout telephone table, with enamel handles. Dealer: S138XX
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20th Century Unknown Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Cherry

Art Deco Revival Macassar & Chrome Desk
Located in New York, NY
Art Deco Revival Macassar and Chromed Metal Desk, with three drawers
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Late 20th Century American Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Chrome

Carrocel Interiors Art Deco Style Light Walnut Library Table Writing Desk
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Carrocel Interiors Art Deco Style Light Walnut Library Table Writing Desk
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1990s Canadian Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Petite Eliel Saarinen Deco Desk
Located in Chicago, IL
A petite scale Eliel Saarinen Deco Desk in Birch with Wave-like Aluminum Pulls. Dimensions: 48 wide 20 depth Height to top shelf: 30 1/16" Height to desk surface: 24.75" Wear as s...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Carved Oak Desk, England circa 1920
Located in Culver City, CA
Carved Oak Desk England circa 1920 Detailed carving, with single drawer on both sides, lower shelf and lion feet. 48.25”L x 30”d x 31”h Ref. TABLE1191
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1920s English Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Fine French Blackened Wood Desk with an Off White Lacquered Top with Inlays
Located in Long Island City, NY
A fine French blackened wood desk with 3 drawers, an off white & black lacquered top with metal Inlays, and bronze handles and wheels.
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1920s French Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Bronze

Art Deco Burr Walnut Pedestal Desk
Located in London, GB
A magnificent Art Deco burr walnut pedestal desk. This was made in England, it dates from around the 1920-30’s. The quality is outstanding, this is a large and impressive size. Ther...
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1920s British Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Walnut

Desk in Wood, 1920, Made in France
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
French Desk Book: Buenos Aires Art Deco y Racionalismo Author: Mimi Bohm Page: 68 Year: 1920 It is an elegant and sophisticated dream desk. The quality of the furniture and the exo...
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1920s French Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Desk Style Art Deco in Wood and chrome, 1940, Made in Germany
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
Only the wood is restored, not the chrome metal It is an elegant and sophisticated dream desk. The quality of the furniture and the exotic wood used make it unique. It is an icon of...
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1940s German Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Desk Style Art Deco in Wood, 1940, Made in France
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
French Desk style: Art Deco Year: 1940 It is an elegant and sophisticated dream desk. The quality of the furniture and the exotic wood used make it unique. It is an icon of distinct...
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1940s French Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

French Art Deco Desk by Dominique
Located in Paddock Wood Tonbridge, GB
FRENCH ART DECO DESK BY DOMINIQUE A stunning single pedestal desk crafted in France by Dominique, this art deco beauty is made of Santos rosewood with an oak and mahogany structure....
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Desk Art Deco in Wood, 1930, Made in France
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
French Desk style: Art Deco Year: 1930 Material: wood It is an elegant and sophisticated dream desk. The quality of the furniture and the exotic wood used make it unique. It is an i...
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1930s French Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Desk Style Art Deco in Wood and chrome, 1940, Made in Germany
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
Only the wood is restored, not the chrome metal It is an elegant and sophisticated dream desk. The quality of the furniture and the exotic wood used make it unique. It is an icon of...
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1940s German Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

France Desk Art Deco, 1950, France, Material: Wood Attributed to Jean Souvrain
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
French Desk Style: Art Deco Year 1940 Wood and bronze Finish: polyurethanic lacquer. It is an elegant and sophisticated dream desk. The quality of the furniture and the exotic wood...
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1940s French Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Desk in Wood, 1920, Sign: Made in France 7382
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
French Desk Sign: Made in France 7382 Year: 1920 It is an elegant and sophisticated dream desk. The quality of the furniture and the exotic wood used make it unique. It is an icon ...
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1920s French Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Desk, 1950, Materials: Wood and Bronze, Made in France
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
French Desk style: Art Deco Year: 1940 Material: Wood and bronze It is an elegant and sophisticated dream desk. The quality of the furniture and the exotic wood used make it unique....
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1940s French Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Big Jeweler Style Art Deco in Wood, 1920, Made in France
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
French Desk style: Art Deco Year: 1920 It is an elegant and sophisticated dream desk. The quality of the furniture and the exotic wood used make it unique. It is an icon of distinct...
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1920s French Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Art Deco Desks in Wood, 1930, Made in France
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
French Desk style: Art Deco Year: 1930 Material: wood It is an elegant and sophisticated dream desk. The quality of the furniture and the exotic wood used make it unique. It is an ...
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1930s French Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Stunning Burr Elm Green Leather Top Large Twin Pedestal Partner Desk Part Suite
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer this lovely, very well made Burr Elm twin pedestal partner desk with gold leaf embossed green leather writing surface which is part of a suite As mention...
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20th Century English Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Elm

1940s Art Deco Midcentury Italian Walnut Root Burl Curved Writing Desk Table
Located in Carimate, Como
Stunning Italian Art Deco Mid-Century Modern desk writing table, in beautiful veneer burr walnut wood with beautiful and elegant curved shape, completed by the side and central drawe...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Dressing table in White Rock Crystal and Brass by Ginger Brown
Located in Bourguebus, FR
This dressing table has 4 drawers and it is made of white rock crystal marquetry with brass trims. The 4 feet are in brass. 2 drawers on the right side, 1 drawer in the center and 1...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Rock Crystal, Stone, Brass

English Art Deco Desk in Solid Cherry Wood c1930
Located in Paddock Wood Tonbridge, GB
ENGLISH ART DECO DESK This original cherry wood Art Deco desk crafted in England during the 1930s, This compact yet functional office essential features a taller left side with thre...
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1930s European Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Cherry

Art deco office writing table
Located in Banská Štiavnica, SK
Art deco office writing table in very good condition with signs of use.
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1930s Slovak Vintage Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

Art Deco desks and writing tables for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Art Deco desks and writing tables 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 and writing tables created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include tables, case pieces and storage cabinets and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, brass and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Art Deco desks and writing tables made in a specific country, there are Europe, France, and Italy pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original desks and writing tables, popular names associated with this style include R & Y Augousti, Carlo Colombo, Elie Saab, and Hommes Studio. 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 and writing tables differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $770 and tops out at $200,000 while the average work can sell for $8,620.

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