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Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

LOUIS XV STYLE

The style of 18th-century French furniture was guided by the court. When Louis XV, who reigned from 1715–74, focused royal life on the smaller salons of Versailles rather than its grand chambers, it transformed the aesthetics away from the imposing and angular furniture that characterized the style of Louis XIV. A broader focus on comfort and more delicate forms define antique Louis XV furniture, with nature-inspired carvings, wood inlays, curved cabriole legs, asymmetrical shapes and rounded oval seat backs. The furnishings changed throughout the king’s life, as he ascended to the throne as a child and then grew to establish his own tastes.

Pieces like the bergère, an upholstered armchair with a wide cushion that fit the flowing dresses in fashion at the time, reflected this more informal court. Introduced at the start of Louis XV’s reign, bergère chairs in this style were deeper and broader than other chairs of the period.

Louis XV tapestries and carpets tended to be floral and colorful, and design elements were borrowed from Asia. Dutch-born cabinetmaker Bernard van Risenburgh brought lacquer techniques influenced by Japan and China into his luxuriously made furniture. Along with its fine details, the furniture of the era also featured new innovations including mechanical devices. Jean François Oeben, a royal cabinetmaker, created such intricate pieces as a mechanical table for Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV’s mistress. It involved a sliding top and a writing surface that extended from its marquetry panels.

During the later years of Louis XV’s reign, there was a shift from the ostentatious rocaille style, part of the exuberantly decorative Rococo movement in Europe for which designers such as Nicolas Pineau and Juste-Aurèle Meissonier are known. The style under Louis XVI would return to boxier forms, but with a neoclassical touch inspired by the ancient world.

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Style: Louis XV
French 18th Century Louis XV Walnut Par-Feu Writing Table with Side Drawers
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Louis XV period walnut par-feu writing table from the 18th century, with petite finials, side drawers and curving legs. Created in France during the reign of King Louis XV, ...
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18th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Fabric, Walnut

Antique French Country Louis XV Walnut Writing Desk Table, Circa 1920
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a fantastic antique French desk. The desk is in good condition and measures 19 inches deep x 31 wide x 30 inches tall. The desk dates to teh 1920s.
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1920s French Vintage Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

French 18th Century Painted Louis XV Table / Small Desk
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Wonderful small Louis XV table /desk with stunning patina. France, 18th century.
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18th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Louis XV Style Desk W/Leather Writing Pad, Metal Trim, Scalloped Top & Skirt
Located in Atlanta, GA
An American desk, created with leather top and French inspired design, circa 1960's. This vintage table has a Louis XV style inspired style, with a shapely scalloped top, metal trim ...
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Mid-20th Century American Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

20th Century Elegant Veneered Bureau Plat or Writing Desk in Louis XV Style
Located in Berlin, DE
Elegant veneered bureau plat or desk in Louis XV style Solid beechwood and veneer. Very fine, floral bronze fittings. Curved and pronounced or arched wooden body. Frame base with...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Antique French Inlaid Marquetry Bureau Plat Desk
Located in London, GB
A stunning antique French Louis XV style bureau plat desk, which I would date from around the 1950’s period. It is of superb quality and is beautifully inlaid with stunning marquetr...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Louis XV Style Desk / Secretary with Neoclassical Stool
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Black lacquer Louis XV style desk / secretary with brass details and leather top Neoclassical stool in black lacquer with gilt details and beige linen tufted seat. Dimensions: 22"...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Louis XV Style French Kingwood Parquetry and Gilt Bronze Bureau Plat 'Desk'
By Jean-Pierre Latz
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A late 19th century French Bureau Plat in kingwood and amaranth parquetry with three drawers to one side with gilt bronze decoration all round; notable are the drawer handles modelle...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Kingwood

Louis XV Bombe Form Hand-Carved Paint Decorated Marble-Top Desk with Chair
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Beautiful five-drawer desk with hand carvings (see thumbnail photos) and paint decorated in the Louis XV style. Top quality workmanship in every phase. Original matching chair with t...
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1950s American Vintage Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble

French Louis XV Rococo Style Walnut Writing Desk Table Circa 1960s
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a very unique desk and perfect for your office. The desk measures 50 wide x 24 deep x 30 tall and is in good condition.
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1960s North American Vintage Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

French Parquetry Bureau Plat Partner Desk, 19th Century
Located in Cypress, CA
Exquisite and Rare French Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted parquetry partner desk, 19th century. The red leather writing surface is inset into a shaped moulded top, above a parquet...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Mercier Frères Décoration, Flat Desk of Louis XV Style, circa 1900
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Flat desk of Louis XV style in rosewood veneer and chiseled and gilded bronze, opening with three drawers on the front. Tray covered with black leather morocco adorned with a frieze....
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1950s French Vintage Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Wood

Unusual Transition Style Marquetry and Gilt Bronze Double Sided Writing Desk
Located in London, GB
Unusual Transition style marquetry and gilt bronze double sided writing desk French, early 20th Century Height 98cm, width 130cm, depth 94cm This rare doubled-sided writing desk...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Unusual Rare Studded Vintage French White Oak Trestle Table with Leaves Seats 10
Located in Chicago, IL
Until the moment we found this spectacular table, we had only ever seen one other in our 30 years of buying trips. Stripped completely of its finish, showcasing the sturdy craftsmans...
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1950s French Vintage Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Early 20th Century Louis XV Style Italian Writing Desk or Dressing Table
Located in London, GB
A charming, hand-painted, Louis XV style, Italian writing desk or dressing table from the early 20th century depicting floral motifs with Rococo flourishes and gilded highlighting.
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Early 20th Century Italian Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Paint

19th Century Louis XV Painted Dining Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This late 19th-century French Louis XV-style dining table made of walnut wood has been professionally restored and features a wide rectangular top with carved wood moldings details a...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Walnut, Paint

19th Century French Bonheur Du Jour Writing Desk
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A pretty French Louis XV style writing desk or ‘bonheur du jour’, the serpentine case veneered in book-matched Kingwood and raised on elegant cabriole legs and accented with gilt tri...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Kingwood

19th Century, French Louis XV Style, Lacquered Wood Desk
Located in IT
19th century, French Louis XV style, lacquered wood desk This elegant lacquered wooden desk was made in France between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th ce...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

French Bureau Plat / Desk in Louis XV, Paris, circa 1880
Located in Berlin, DE
French Bureau plat / desk in Louis XV, Paris, circa 1880. Solid beech wood veneer. Extremely fine, floral bronze fittings. Cambered and pronounced / arched wooden body. Four-side...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Louis XV Style Bureau Plat
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Attractive Louis XV style bureau plat, gilt embossed tanned leather top writing surface centered on a beautiful satinwood veneered panel and marquetry finished frame, fine rocaille m...
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Late 20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Antique French Inlaid Marquetry Writing Table / Desk
Located in London, GB
A beautiful and very elegant antique French writing table-desk made from various woods. This was made in France, it dates from around the 1880-1900 period. It is really well made ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

French Louis XV Style Turquoise Hand Painted Desk Writing Table
Located in West Hartford, CT
Elegant Louis XV style desk with unusual hand painted color. It has some age appropriate wear as shown in the photos attached. It also features a center drawer and brass hardware.
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1970s Vintage Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

French Louis XV Style Table with Bronze Mounts
Located in Barntrup, DE
This elegant Louis XV style table or writing desk is made of walnut with veneered mahogany parquetry design and elegant bronze mounts, circa the 1930s. The table has cabriole legs wi...
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1930s French Vintage Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Louis XV antique Style Writing Table Bureau Plat Black with Brass bronzed
Located in Berlin, DE
In Bois-Satiné veneer blacked. Extremely fine, floral, bronze fittings in the form of chutes, handmade patinated bronze. Veneered on solid beechwood. Strong cambered, four-sided pas...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

French Black Lacquered Louis XV Style Writing Desk with Bronze Mounts
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful vintage French black lacquered Louis XV style writing desk with bronze mounts. A very elegant piece that makes an impressive statement!
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

French Louis XV Style Gilt Bronze-Mounted Kingwood Writing Desk
Located in London, GB
This beautiful desk, beautifully finished in kingwood, leather and gilt bronze, is a fantastic piece of 19th century French design in the Louis XV style. Elegant, beautifully crafted...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze, Ormolu

French Louis XV Style Parquetry Table Desk
Located in New York, NY
French Louis XV style (20th Century) desk with a parquetry inlaid top and gilt bronze trim with a single drawer.
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

19th Century, Bureau Plat, by Francoise Linke.
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A fine quality French kingwood and marquetry, ormolu-mounted Bureau plat, signed Linke. Having three frieze drawers to one side, dummy drawers to the reverse, inset Moroccan leather...
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1890s French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Kingwood

Gorgeous Inlaid Continental Louis XV Style Walnut Writing Desk circa 1920s
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a beautiful desk that features the design of a Louis XV desk and has the traits of an Italian desk as well. The desk has beautiful inlay and even bronze hardware. The desk me...
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1920s European Vintage Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Auffray & Co French Louis XV Provincial Tooled Leather Bureau Plat Writing Desk
Located in Dayton, OH
Custom ordered French Provincial Bureau Plat or lady's writing desk by Auffray & Company. Features a shaped serpentine top with pink tooled leather, a frieze fitted with three drawer...
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1970s Vintage Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Paint, Leather, Oak, Walnut

Writing Desk and Games Table, 19th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Writing desk and games table 19th century with leather top removable top covering a checker board. Two drawers.    
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Leather

French Louis XV Style Desk with Leather Writing Pad, Black with Brass Accents
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Louis XV style desk, with leather writing pad top, from the 19th century. This antique table from France has been designed in the Louis XV style with top fitted with a leath...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Wood

Elegant French Louis XV Period Secretary Writing Desk with Hidden Compartment
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Louis XV period Rococo secretary with hidden compartment, circa 1760. This antique French writing desk features a slant-leaf front with elegant plaque shaped carved panel, w...
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Early 18th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Louis XV Style Ebonized Bureau Plat Attributed to Jansen
Located in Essex, MA
With beautiful brown leather inset top with fine gold tooling surrounded by an ebonized and bronze border, over a central drawer flanked by two pairs of drawers, the back with false ...
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1760s French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Antique Continental Louis XV Style Desk
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Antique continental Louis XV style walnut and beech wood desk, late 19th century. Nice color. Hand dove tailed drawer construction. Height of center of knee hole to floor 24". Width ...
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Late 19th Century European Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Antique Mahogany Inlay Console Game Table Writing Desk Louis XV
Located in West Hartford, CT
Elegant mahogany game table with gorgeous urn and line inlay on its shaped front. Extraordinary craftsmanship, circa 1920s, France. Table flips open to expand to a square game table...
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1920s French Vintage Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

19th Century French Louis XV Writing Desk by P Sormani
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century French writing desk by Paul Sormani. Kingwood with parquetry inlay and a leather top. Three drawers and fine gilt bronze mounts.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Kingwood

Antique French Louis XV Walnut Ormalu Inlaid Ladies Library Vanity Writing Desk
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique Louis XV / Quinze style petitle ladies writing table, desk or bureau . Made of burl walnut with rectangular form featuring marquetry inlaid floral accents, leather top with g...
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19th Century Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Walnut

Outstanding Louis XV-Style Mahogany Bureau Plat
Located in Lymington, Hampshire
An outstanding Louis XV-style mahogany bureau plat after a model by Jacques B. Dubois, from the estate of Phyllis McGuire, the shaped leather-inset top above an elaborate frieze with...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

French Louis XV Black Lacquer Bronze Figural Ormolu Bureau Plat Writing Desk
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French Louis XV ebonized black lacquer bronze figural Ormolu Bureau plat writing desk. Item features faux 3 drawer finished back (image 10), ornate bronze ormolu, bronze paw feet, 3 ...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

French Louis XV Style 19th Century Walnut Desk with Drawers and Cabriole Legs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Louis XV style walnut desk from the 19th century, with two drawers and cabriole legs. Created in France during the 19th century, this walnut desk features a rectangular plan...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Early Paint Antique French Louis XV Style Bureau Plat Writing Desk & Stool
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning early painted circa 1880-1900 French Louis XV style Bureau plat writing table with later stool This is a wonderful find, the burea...
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1880s French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Vintage French Provincial Petit-Bureau de Dame
Located in Forney, TX
A beautiful petit-bureau de dame (also known as bonheur de jour or lady's secretary desk). Born in Provincial France in early/mid 20th century, finished in luxurious Louis XV taste, ...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Paint

Louis XV Style Marquetry Writing Table
Located in Salt Lake City, UT
A large French 19th century Louis XV style kingwood, tulipwood and ormolu desk or writing table. The table is raised by slender cabriole legs with foliate ormolu sabots. An ormolu ch...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Rare Louis XV Style Bureau Plat, After a Model by J. Dubois, France, Circa 1880
Located in PARIS, FR
A rare double-side Louis XV style flat desk, made of veneered wood, opening with three drawers decorated with a beautiful flower motif end-cut wood marquetry. With fine chased and gi...
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1880s French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

French Louis XV Walnut Kidney Shaped Vanity or Ladies Writing Desk With Chair
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous French Provincial Louis XV style kidney shaped petite vanity or ladies writing desk with chair In the manner of Widdicomb USA, Circa 1920s Carved walnut, with burled wa...
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1920s American Vintage Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Louis XV Cartonnier with Clock
Located in Salt Lake City, UT
A highly unusual Louis XV gilt-bronze mounted marquetry cartonnier. France, 18th century. This bombé shaped cartonnier (an ornamental box for papers usually for placing on a desk), s...
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18th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Louis XV Style Flat Desk
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Louis XV style flat desk, made of precious wood marquetry with flowers decoration. Its top reveals an exceptional work of marquetry or rosewood, rosewood and native wood restores a ...
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1880s French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

A 19th Century Black Lacquered and Ormolu-Mounted Bureauplat
By Jacques Dubois
Located in Armadale, Victoria
An exceptionally fine 19th century black lacquered and ormolu-mounted Bureuplat in the style Jacques Dubois, the tooled red leather writing surface to graduated edge and leaf corner ...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

18th Century French Louis XV Mahogany Occasional Table with Marble Top
Located in Dallas, TX
Place this petite, antique side table next to a chair or sofa in your living room. Crafted in France, circa 1780, the small, delicate side table or writing desk stands on cabriole le...
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Late 18th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble

French Desk Bureau Plat with Bronze Ormolu Mounts
Located in West Hartford, CT
Stunning French Louis XV style three drawer desk/bureau plat with dore bronze mounts and leather writing surface. Looks great on all sides.
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Mid-20th Century Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Large Louis XV Style 19th Century Bureau Plat
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very good quality 19th century French kingwood parquetry inlaid Louis XV style freestanding bureau plate. Having an inset leather top, five oak lined drawers to one side, dummy dra...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

18th Century French Louis XV Walnut Desk Secretary from Provence
Located in Dallas, TX
Carved in southern France, circa 1760, the fold out secretary is both stylish and functional; the elegant writing desk crafted from solid walnut, stands on cabriole legs over a scall...
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Mid-18th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Rococo Style Writing Desk Mounted with Gilt Bronze
Located in London, GB
Rococo style writing desk mounted with gilt bronze French, late 19th century Measures: Height 78cm, width 134cm, depth 64cm This superb Rococo style desk was produced in the lat...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu, Bronze

18th Century Louis XV Style French Game Table
Located in Winter Park, FL
An 18th century French Louis XV style game table made of solid walnut with scalloped apron and curved legs. Removable rounded corner top with checkerboard marquetry game board on one...
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18th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Velvet, Walnut, Leather

Fine French 19th Century Louis XV Style Bureau Plat Cartonnier, Antoine Krieger
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very fine French 19th century Louis XV style bureau plat (Desk - Writing Table - Ladies Desk) Cartonnier by Antoine Krieger, the quarter-veneer satiné with fruitwood stringing, the...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze, Ormolu

19th Century Louis XV Style "Bureau Plat" Desk with Leather Top
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
An elegant antique French desk/writing table in Louis XV style. Also called "Bureau Plat". The desk is raised on cabriole legs ending in bronze sabots. It is veneered with rosewood, ...
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1860s French Antique Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

French Louis XV Desk Plat Writing Table
Located in West Hartford, CT
A magnificent antique fruitwood writing desk adorned in bronze and featuring a green leather top. Made in France in the early 20th century. Features three drawers at front. A gorg...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

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