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Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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
Oak Four-Foot Standing Desk
Located in Minneapolis, MN
This gorgeous standing desk is made of lovely oak and features two large drawers with dividers. The richness of the wood grain on this desk needs to be seen to believe! Top rail prov...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

21st Century Walnut and Brass Work Desk
Located in Istanbul, TR
"La Nouvelle Vanité" is a make up desk made of American walnut veneer with an arc shaped mirror behind, designed by Merve Kahraman design studio. This work/makeup desk has a drawe...
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2010s Turkish Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Antique Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Writing Desk or Library Table, circa 1900
Located in South Bend, IN
A beautiful antique Mission Arts & Crafts quarter sawn oak writing desk or library table Recently procured from Frank Lloyd Wright's DeRhodes House In the manner of Stickley ...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

21st Century American Walnut Veneer Vanity Desk with Mirror
Located in Istanbul, TR
"La Nouvelle Vanité" is a make up desk made of American walnut veneer with an arc shaped mirror behind, designed by Merve Kahraman design studio. This work/makeup desk has a drawe...
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2010s Turkish Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

21st Century American White Oak Veneer Vanity Desk with Mirror
Located in Istanbul, TR
"La Nouvelle Vanité" is a make up desk made of American white oak veneer with an arc shaped mirror behind, designed by Merve Kahraman design studio. This work/makeup desk has a dr...
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2010s Turkish Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Antique H.T Cushman Oak " Betumal" Telephone Stand Small Childs Desk
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique H.T Cushman Oak " Betumal" Telephone Stand Small Childs Desk. Item features a pull out seat, storage cubby to stand, solid wood construction, beautiful woodgrain, original la...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Joan Busquets Workshop Modernist Desk Cabinet, ca. 1898
Located in South Burlington, VT
From Spain's Catalan Modernist Furniture Maker Joan Busquets Studio & Workshop A Unique work of Cabinetry Art. JOAN BUSQUETS I (Barcelona, 1874-1949). Modernist Cabinet and Desk,...
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19th Century Spanish Antique Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Walnut

21st Century American Walnut Veneer Vanity Desk with Mirror, Red & Gray
Located in Istanbul, TR
"La Nouvelle Vanité" is a makeup desk made of American walnut veneer with an arc shaped mirror behind, designed by Merve Kahraman design studio. This work/makeup desk has a drawer...
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2010s Turkish Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Early Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Library Table or Writing Desk
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional antique Mission oak Arts & Crafts writing desk, library table, or center table By Gustav Stickley (original label present) USA, Circa 1900 Measures: 3...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Antique Mission Oak Arts & Crafts 4 Drawer Spool Thread Cabinet Writing Lap Desk
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique Mission Oak Arts & Crafts 4 drawer spool thread cabinet writing lap desk. Item features 4 dovetailed drawers, green felt top, lift lid, beautiful wood grain, brass pulls, ver...
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19th Century North American Antique Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Arts & Crafts Mission Style Black Solid Oak Desk with Side Shelves
Located in East Hampton, NY
Arts & Crafts Mission Oak Desk. Original black painted. This beautiful Mission style desk originated in the late 19th century. The grain of the oak wood can still be seen through the...
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20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

21st Century American Walnut Veneer Vanity Desk with Mirror, Green
Located in Istanbul, TR
"La Nouvelle Vanité" is a make up desk made of American walnut veneer with an arc shaped mirror behind, designed by Merve Kahraman design studio. This work/makeup desk has a drawe...
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2010s Turkish Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Desk or Library Table, Newly Restored
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional antique Mission Arts & Crafts writing desk or library table By Gustav Stickley USA, Circa 1900 Solid quarter sawn oak, with hammered copper hardware ...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Copper

Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Drop Front Secretary Desk, Circa 1900
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional Mission Arts & Crafts drop front secretary desk By Gustav Stickley USA, Circa 1900 Quarter sawn oak, with original hammered copper hardware. Measur...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Copper

21st Century American Walnut Veneer Vanity Desk with Mirror and Carrara Marble
Located in Istanbul, TR
"La Nouvelle Vanité" is a make up desk made of American walnut veneer with an arc shaped mirror behind, designed by Merve Kahraman design studio. This work/makeup desk has drawers...
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2010s Turkish Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Antique Arts & Crafts Oak Writing Desk From Frank Lloyd Wright's DeRhodes House
Located in South Bend, IN
A beautiful antique Mission oak Arts & Crafts writing desk or library table with built-in bookcases Recently procured from Frank Lloyd Wright's DeRhodes House In the manner of ...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Cork

Antique Arts & Crafts Mission Oak Stickley School Library Table, C1910
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique Arts & Crafts library table by Bailey's offers quarter sawn oak construction with case having three drawers, raised on trestle base with cutout slat sides, lower shelf str...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Antique Arts & Crafts Mission Oak Stickley Brothers Desk with Pigeon Holes c1910
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique Arts and Crafts Mission operator desk by Stickley Brothers offers quarter sawn oak construction with upper having pigeon holes over desk with two drawers and slat sides, u...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

21st Century American Walnut Veneer Vanity Desk with Mirror, Indigo
Located in Istanbul, TR
"La Nouvelle Vanité" is a make up desk made of American walnut veneer with an arc shaped mirror behind, designed by Merve Kahraman design studio. This work/makeup desk has a drawe...
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2010s Turkish Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Signed Gustav Stickley Antique Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Desk, Circa 1900
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional antique Mission oak Arts & Crafts writing desk By Gustav Stickley (original label present) USA, Circa 1900 Solid quarter sawn oak, with original hamme...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Copper

Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Desk or Library Table, Newly Restored
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional antique mission oak Arts & Crafts writing desk or library table By Gustav Stickley USA, circa 1900 Measures: 40" W x 28" D x 29.75" H. From floor to a...
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Early 1900s American Antique Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Early Gustav Stickley Ebonized Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Writing Desk
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional antique Mission oak Arts & Crafts writing desk By Gustav Stickley (original label present) USA, Circa 1900 Solid quarter sawn oak in original ebonized...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Copper

Arts & Crafts Era Mission Oak Desk, Circa Early 1900's
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Arts and Crafts Quarter Mission Oak Desk. This beautiful Arts and Crafts era desk Mission style furniture originated in the late 19th century. The Mission desk emphasizes simple hori...
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Early 1900s American Antique Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Red Mahogany Writing Desk
Located in Aurora, OR
This beautiful solid mahogany writing desk is subtle in its design but has a bold presence in its colorway. Two drawers provide storage and are fitted with japanned bin pulls for jus...
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Early 20th Century Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

21st Century American Walnut Veneer Vanity Desk with Mirror, Black and Red
Located in Istanbul, TR
"La Nouvelle Vanité" is a make up desk made of American walnut veneer with an arc shaped mirror behind, designed by Merve Kahraman design studio. This work/makeup desk has a drawe...
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2010s Turkish Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

English Arts & Crafts Aesthetic Movement Elm Wood Desk with Contrasting Inlay
Located in New York, NY
English Arts & Crafts (Aesthetic Movement) double pedestal table elm and burl wood desk with a canted corner top having multi-wood inlay and a green & brown leather writing surface. ...
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20th Century British Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Burl, Elm, Leather

Vintage Oak Slant / Lift Top Travel Desk / Laptop Desk, C.1930
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vintage oak slant / lift top travel desk / laptop desk, C.1930, 20th century writing desk Great for 21st century laptop use Measures: 13.5" wide x 15" deep x 3" high at th...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Limbert Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Desk or Library Table, Circa 1900
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mission or Arts & Crafts desk or library table. By Charles P. Limbert Co. USA, Circa 1900. Quartersawn oak, with original copper hardware. Measures: 48"W x...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Copper

Antique Arts & Crafts Oak Writing Desk in the Manner of Stickley Brothers
Located in South Bend, IN
A beautiful Mission oak Arts & Crafts writing desk, library table, or center table Recently procured from Frank Lloyd Wright's DeRhodes House In the manner of Stickley Brothers...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Glasgow School Oak Desk by E. A. Taylor
Located in London, GB
E. A. Taylor for Wylie and Lochhead. A pure Glasgow School oak desk with open writing area inset with green leather with tool worked edges, a central upper drawer with sweeping curve...
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Early 20th Century Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Antique Imperial Arts & Crafts Oak Writing Desk or Library Table, Newly Restored
Located in South Bend, IN
A beautiful antique mission oak Arts & Crafts writing desk or library table In the manner of Stickley Brothers By Imperial Furniture of Grand Rapids USA, Circa 1900 Solid...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Copper

Antique Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Library Table or Writing Desk, Circa 1900
Located in South Bend, IN
A beautiful Mission oak Arts & Crafts writing desk, library table, or center table Recently procured from Frank Lloyd Wright's DeRhodes House In the manner of Stickley Brothers...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Antique Stickley Brothers Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Writing Desk, Circa 1900
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional antique Mission oak Arts & Crafts writing desk By Stickley Brothers (original label present) USA, Circa 1900 Solid quarter sawn oak, with original cop...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Copper

Antique Arts & Crafts Walnut Tambour Top Desk / Bureau
Located in London, GB
A superb original Victorian Arts & Crafts period tambour top bureau in solid walnut. This was made in England, it dates from around 1880-90’s period. It is of amazing quality, wit...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Arts & Crafts Satinwood Writing Table by Marsh and Jones
By John Marsh and Edward Jones
Located in London, by appointment only
An Arts and Crafts satinwood writing lavishly inlaid with stylized foliate ornament and multilayered crossbanding. The table is supported on turned columns joined by a stretcher supp...
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19th Century English Antique Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

English Arts and Crafts Oak Roll Top Desk
Located in New York, NY
English Arts and Crafts oak roll top desk with side drawers and leather top.
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Late 19th Century English Antique Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Oak

Tiger Oak Arts & Crafts Desk or Table
Located in East Hampton, NY
This is a truly special piece with rich wood grain in Tiger Maple. Four sturdy columns with a large single drawer. Retains original wood casters for easy movement. This can be floate...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

American Arts & Crafts Era Mahogany Side Table or Small Desk
Located in Miami, FL
Iconic American arts and crafts table with a bold simple form which marked the era and this handsome table/desk is exemplary of the movement. It is constructed of fine mahogany wood...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Italian Olive Burl Wood Cabriole Leg Bombay Drop Front Secretary with Bookcase
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very fine craftsmanship Italian made burl wood drop front secretary.
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20th Century Italian Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Olive, Burl

G M Ellwood, made by J S Henry An Arts & Crafts Oak Writing Desk
Located in London, GB
George Montague Ellwood (1875-1955) for J.S. Henry, an oak writing desk with sloping pen compartment just above the writing area flanked by stylised inlaid details of a pair of Quill...
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Early 20th Century English Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Copper

Voysey Style of Arts & Crafts Oak Dining Table with Dove Cut-Outs below the Top
Located in London, GB
C F A Voysey in the style of. An Arts & Crafts oak dining or library table with four stylized floral cut-outs flanked by dove cut-outs to each corner to the angled apron underneath ...
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Early 1900s English Antique Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Oak Wood, Iron and Leather Desk, Scotland, Early 20th Century
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Oak wood, iron and leather desk. Scotland, early 20th century. With wood marquetry. Arts & Crafts period.
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Early 20th Century Scottish Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

George Walton. Arts & Crafts Walnut Desk with Secret Drawers & Heart Escutcheons
Located in London, GB
George Walton. A rare and important Arts and Crafts walnut desk almost identical to the desk Walton designed in 1898 for Sidney Leetham for the morning room in elm bank, a major inte...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

B Talbert for Gillows Aesthetic Movement Davenport with Central Carved Rosette
Located in London, GB
Bruce J Talbert for Gillows of Lancaster. An Aesthetic Movement Davenport with a brass gallery to the back and an inkwell and pen compartment below, a recent leather to the lift up ...
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Late 19th Century Antique Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

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