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Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

NEOCLASSICAL STYLE

Neoclassical design emerged in Europe in the 1750s, as the Age of Enlightenment reached full flower. Neoclassical furniture took its cues from the styles of ancient Rome and Athens: symmetrical, ordered, dignified forms with such details as tapered and fluted chair and table legs, backrest finials and scrolled arms.

Over a period of some 20 years, first in France and later in Britain, neoclassical design — also known as Louis XVI, or Louis Seize — would supersede the lithe and curvaceous Rococo or Louis XV style.

The first half of the 18th century had seen a rebirth of interest in classical antiquity. The "Grand Tour" of Europe, codified as a part of the proper education of a patrician gentleman, included an extended visit to Rome. Some ventured further, to sketch the ruins of ancient Greece. These drawings and others — particularly those derived from the surprising and rich archaeological discoveries in the 1730s and ’40s at the sites of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum — caused great excitement among intellectuals and aesthetes alike.

Neoclassical furniture is meant to reflect both grace and power. The overall appearance of neoclassical chairs, tables and cabinetry is strong and rectilinear. These pieces are, in effect, classical architecture in miniature: chair and table legs are shaped like columns; cabinets are constructed with elements that mirror friezes and pediments.

Yet neoclassicism is enlivened by gilt and silver leaf, marquetry, and carved and applied ornamental motifs based on Greek and Roman sculpture: acanthus leaves, garlands, laurel wreaths, sheaves of arrow, medallions and chair splats are carved in the shapes of lyres and urns.

As you can see from the furniture on these pages, there is a bit of whimsy in such stately pieces — a touch of lightness that will always keep neoclassicism fresh.

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Style: Neoclassical
Russian Walnut Marquetry Kidney Desk
Located in New York, NY
Russian style (18/19th Century) walnut kidney shaped desk with marquetry inlay and open design pedestal sides with a stretcher and drawer.
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19th Century Russian Antique Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Small French Directoire Cherry Secretary, Cherry Stained, Cream Leather Pad
Located in Landivy, FR
This Secretary is a handmade modernized interpretation of the French Directoire style at the end of the 18th century. This period is remarkable with its straight, classical and timel...
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2010s French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Wood, Cherry, Lacquer

Italian NeoClassic Oak Parquetry Desk, Natural
Located in Westwood, NJ
An Italian NeoClassic style starburst pattern parquetry desk with tapered legs. It has one center drawer flanked by two smaller drawers with Verde Bronze finished handles. Shown in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Fine French Neoclassical Mahogany Curved Desk and Armchair
Located in Long Island City, NY
A fine French Art Deco neoclassical mahogany curved desk with 3 drawers, a red leather top, some bronze details and its original desk arm chairs.          
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1960s French Vintage Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Maison Jansen Attributed Neoclassical Style Steel Marble Top Desk
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Opulent stainless steel mahogany writing table, bureau plat, or desk attributed to Maison Jansen, France. The desk features a thick slab of Carrara marble on top with thick bronzed t...
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20th Century French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Carrara Marble, Brass, Steel

French Leather Top Desk
Located in Westwood, NJ
A French neoclassic style mahogany, cerejeira veneered and crossbanded writing desk, the rectangular burnished leather inlaid top above one long and one short frieze drawers, and an ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Wood

Maison Jansen Diminutive Bronze Mounted Writing Table
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Elegant mahogany and bronze mounted writing table by Maison Jansen. Features a diminutive size leather topped case covered with a pane of glass. Crafted in the neoclassical directoir...
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20th Century French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Baroque Figuerd Office Desk with Gold Leaf Details and Veneer by Modenese Luxury
Located in PADOVA, IT
Furnish your presidential office with a top quality Italian desk from Modenese Gastone Luxury Interiors. This solid wood presidential desk features drawers with Blumotion soft-closin...
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2010s Italian Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Gold Leaf

Venetian Style Hand Painted Console Tables / Desks by Niermann Weeks-Pair
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a pair of Venetian style hand painted console tables or desks by Niermann Weeks. They are marked and have some intentional distressing. Note the paper lined drawers! From bed...
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Late 20th Century Italian Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Poplar

French Charles X Curule Leg Desk Writing Table
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Stunning French Charles X curule leg desk featuring neoclassical empire style cues. Fronted by three drawers the case is decorated in the Charles X taste. Each side of the desk has s...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Neoclassical Style Trompe l'oeil Draped Library Table Desk
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Magnificent library table, writing table, or desk featuring a neoclassical style Trompe l'oeil carved finish. Large trestle style bespoke desk decorated with a faux swag frieze depic...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Diminutive Maison Jansen Mahogany Bronze Mounted Writing Desk
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Diminutive French mahogany bureau plat, writing table, or desk attributed to Maison Jansen Argentina. Crafted in the neoclassical Directoire taste featuring a case decorated with bro...
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20th Century Argentine Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Bronze

French Louis XVI Neoclassical Desk Mahogany Colored Marquetry, 1970s
By Mathieu-Guillaume Cramer, Maison Jansen
Located in Paris, FR
This beautiful and unique bureau plat French writing desk was made in solid mahogany wood covered with pastel colored marquetry in the early 1970s. With its sleek rectangular shape a...
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1970s French Vintage Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Wood Console with Solid Top and Shaped Cylindrical Base
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Warren console shown is with solid wood top and shaped base - and can be utilized as a desk during these work at home times. All hand carved and finished in our shop in Brooklyn....
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2010s American Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

John Vesey Stainless Steel Bronze Neoclassical Desk
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Extraordinary midcentury stainless steel and bronze writing table, desk, or bureau plat designed by John Vesey (American 1924-1992). Made in the grand neoclassical French Louis XVI t...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Bronze, Steel

Neoclassical Marquetry Bureau De Dame in the Style of Giuseppe Maggiolini, Italy
Located in Dallas, TX
Italian Neoclassical style freestanding slant front desk, in the manner of Giuseppe Maggiolini, late 19th c. Exquisite marquetry veneer in rosewood, satinwood and other decorative wo...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Vintage Neoclassical Dressing Table
Located in Great Barrington, MA
The white vintage neoclassical dressing table or night table has gilt detailing, fluted legs, brass pulls and curved stretchers. Drawers are dovetailed. Can be used as side table or ...
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Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Danish 18th Century Writing Desk By Royal Architect C. F. Harsdorff
By Caspar Frederik Harsdorff
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
18th Century writing desk with five drawers. The desk is designed by the Danish royal neoclassical architect Caspar Frederik Harsdorff.
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Late 18th Century Danish Antique Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Walnut

French Directoire Style Writing Table, Desk in Cherrywood, 2 drawers
Located in Landivy, FR
This writing table is a handmade reproduction of the French Directoire style at the end of the 18th century. This period style is remarkable with its straight, classical and timeless...
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2010s French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Cherry, Oak

Directoire Style Desk with Top Storage Compartiments and Leatherpad in Cherry
Located in Landivy, FR
This desk with top storage compartments is a craft-handed re-interpretation of the French Directoire style at the end of the 18th century. The design of this period is remarkable...
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2010s French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Italian NeoClassic Oak Parquetry Desk
Located in Westwood, NJ
An Italian Neo-Classic style oak parquetry desk with a starburst patterned oak parquetry top to bottom. It has a central drawer flanked by two further additions. It rests on tapered ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

French 19th Century Mahogany Travel Writing Desk
Located in London, GB
French 19th century mahogany travel writing desk French, 19th century Measures: Height 94cm, width 53cm, depth 18cm This fine and delicate desk exhibits a striking level of craf...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Antique English Gilt Bronze and Marquetry Desk by Donald Ross
Located in London, GB
Antique English gilt bronze and marquetry desk by Donald Ross English, c. 1890 Measures: Height 75cm, width 108cm, depth 63cm This elegant mahogany writing desk by Donald Ross f...
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1890s English Antique Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Austrian Neoclassic Parquetry Pedestal Desk
Located in Essex, MA
Rectangular top over a long drawer flanked by small drawers over pedestals each with two drawers. Bracket feet. Finished all around in a design of inlay that gives a striped effect.
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Late 18th Century Austrian Antique Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Italian Neoclassical Writing Table, 19th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
Fine quality 19th century Italian writing table of elegant proportions with amazing neoclassical details. A near-square burled walnut top is the perfect work surface and has a beauti...
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19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Neoclassical Style Lacquered Burl Wood Desk
Located in Houston, TX
20th century lacquered burl wood desk with three drawers supported with black columns and gilded capitals. Measure: Leg clearance height 25".
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20th Century Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Giltwood, Burl

Swedish 1910s Neoclassical Style Painted Wood Desk with Doors and Drawers
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish neoclassical style painted wood writing desk from the early 20th century, with two doors and three drawers. Born in Sweden during the first decade of the 20th century, this...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Directoire Style Small Computer Desk, shelf and Leather pad, Basalt grey finish
Located in Landivy, FR
This computer desk is a craft-handed re-interpretation of the French Directoire style at the end of the 18th century. The design of this period is remarkable with its straight, cla...
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2010s French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Cherry, Oak, Lacquer

Gustavian Neoclassical Mahogany Writing Chest / Bureau on High Stand, 1800s
Located in Lucenec, SK
Swedish Gustavian mahogany writing cabinet. The writing part is covered with a black patent leather, with visible traces of use. The inner drawers have bone handles. The upper part i...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Antique Swedish Neoclassical Satin Birch Desk
Located in London, GB
A magnificent antique satin birch Biedermeier leather top desk of the highest order. This was made in Sweden, it dates from around the 1880-1900 period. It has a strong neoclassic...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Satin

Mid-19th Century Austrian Country Tyrol Writing Table Desk, Solid Fir, Restored
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Mid-19th century Austrian country Tyrol writing table desk, solid fir, restored and wax-polished. Measures cm: H 74, W 102, D 56.
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Mid-19th Century Austrian Antique Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Fir

Classic by Carpanelli Zebrano Writing Desk
Located in Desio, IT
The structure of this elegant writing desk is solid wood plated with cherry-wood, zebrano, briar-wood, rosewood and palisander. In the cylindrical body there are 4 wide drawers with ...
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2010s Italian Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Early 20th-Century Neoclassical Writing Desk Inlaid with Brass
Located in Opole, PL
Early 20th-Century Neoclassical Writing Desk Inlaid with Brass We present you a Neoclassical writing desk from the early 20th century. It is placed on high fluted legs supporting a ...
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Early 20th Century European Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Writing Table, Desk in Cherry with 2 Drawers, Directoire Style - Made in France
Located in Landivy, FR
This desk belongs to the MELANIE collection that proposes handcraft modernized reinterpretated pieces of furniture from the French Directoire style at the end of the 18th century. Th...
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2010s French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Cherry, Oak

Antique Classical American Philadelphia Desk in Mahogany with Double Pedestal
Located in Miami, FL
A very handsome and functional classical American bureau desk in dark Cuban mahogany, likely from Philadelphia. Offers three drawers along the apron, one longer center drawer flanked...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Litchfield Writing Desk in Cherry with Leather Inlay Top and Cock Beaded Drawers
Located in Tiverton, RI
The solid cherry Litchfield writing desk has a gold embossed inlaid leather top with country farmhouse style legs and 3 cock beaded drawers with antique brass bail pulls. The leather...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Hardwood

Early American Raise Top School Desk
Located in Great Barrington, MA
An American raise top school desk with great aged wear. Make a wonderful stand for an entry hallway, kitchen or mud room stand to hold miscellaneous keys and trinkets. Measures: 34....
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Early 20th Century North American Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Russian Neoclassic Mahogany Writing Table
By Ptorngren
Located in New York, NY
Russian Neoclassic (circa 1800) brass mounted mahogany writing table with green leather inset top above 3 frieze drawers, locks stamped "Ptorngren" or "PTGF".
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19th Century Russian Antique Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Continental Neoclassic Writing Table
Located in New York, NY
Continental neoclassic walnut writing table with fall front fitted secretaire drawer on replaced legs (early 19th century and later).  
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Early 19th Century European Antique Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Vintage American Mahogany Escritoire Writing Desk
Located in Plainview, NY
A beautiful and timeless 1970's American escritoire desk. The writing desk is made of solid mahogany and is sturdy. The desk shows fine carving details and offers 5 regular drawers a...
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Late 20th Century Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Henredon Heritage Regency Walnut Writing Desk circa 1960
Located in Southampton, NJ
A beautiful Henredon Heritage Walnut Writing Desk having turned legs with classic carved features throughout. A classic regency workspace designed to save space and look gorgeous. Ea...
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1960s American Vintage Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Solid Maple 8-Drawer Partners Desk Writing Desk, circa 1950s
Located in Germantown, MD
Ethan Allen Classic Manor solid Maple 8-Drawer Partners Desk Writing Desk, Circa 1950s Good vintage condition. All dovetails drawers working perfectly. Measures 44W x 22D x 29.5H ...
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Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Maple

Directoire Style Small Bureau Plat
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Directoire Maison Jansen style desk. Label inside drawer inscribed "A. Alavoine and Co., NY and Paris." Leather inset writing surface, drawer fronts with contrasting veneer.
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Antique 19th Century Early American Oak Secretary Desk
Located in Plainview, NY
An early American 19th Century solid wood construction secretary desk made of oak. The secretary desk features a slant drop writing top , opening to reveal multiple open slots and on...
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19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

1800s Hancrafted Tall Slant Top Secretary Desk
Located in Germantown, MD
1800s Hancrafted tall slant top secretary desk. Wood appears to be flame maple. Solid dove tail joints. Turned legs and carved apron. Some wear appropriate with age and use. Lid is d...
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Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

French Neoclassic Writing Table
Located in Westwood, NJ
A fine French neoclassic carved and inlaid top writing table. With a beautifully inlaid parquetry banded top, finely carved palmettes motifs to sides, acanthus carved and wrapped tur...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

1930s Larkin Soap Secretary Desk
Located in Germantown, MD
Antique oak, slant front secretary made by Larkin. Measures 30.5" in width x 16" in depth x 46.5" in height. Good vintage condition with three functional drawers. Some wear and tear ...
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

French Neoclassical Regency Style Mahogany One-Drawer Lyre Desk Console Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique Classical / Regency style mahogany lyre base one-drawer console table. Item features a mahogany wood frame, carved lyre form legs, stretcher base, single dovetail constructed...
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Early 20th Century European Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Writing Desk Marco Calestrini Neoclassical Florence, Italy, Late 1700
Located in Milano, IT
Rectangular desk table supported by four truncated pyramidal legs that end with a spinning top shaped foot and that present an architectural bottleneck before joining in the bands; u...
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18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Cherry, Chestnut, Maple

Writing Table, Mahogany, 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Rectangular board table decorated with a strip of vegetal motifs on the outer edge, waist enhanced with carved bands with oval and vegetable motifs of classicist influence and legs d...
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19th Century European Antique Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Antique English Victorian Marquetry Writing Desk by Donald Ross
Located in London, GB
Antique English Victorian marquetry writing desk by Donald Ross English, c. 1890 Measures: Height 75cm, width 108cm, depth 64cm This superb mahogany writing desk by Donald Ross ...
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1890s English Antique Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Wood Console Table with Solid Top and Round Base with Posts
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Tilden console shows form and function at it's best. A solid wood top with solid wood side opposite to a cylindrical base with posts - all carefully crafted and finished in New Y...
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2010s American Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Directoire Desk in Solid Cherry with a Leather Pad and a Covered Storage Space
Located in Landivy, FR
This desk belongs to the MELANIE collection that proposes handcraft modernized reinterpretated pieces of furniture from the French Directoire style at the end of the 18th century. T...
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2010s French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Lacquer, Wood, Cherry, Oak

French Maison Jansen Style Steel and Bronze Table with Glass Top
Located in Houston, TX
French Maison Jansen style steel and bronze table, circa 1970. New glass top.
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1970s French Vintage Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze, Steel

Neoclassical Style Mahogany Card, Dressing, and Writing Table
Located in London, GB
Neoclassical style mahogany card, dressing, and writing table French, 19th century Measures: Height 75cm, width 70cm, depth 45cm This charming table is an ingenious piece of des...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

1920s Swedish Birch Partners Seven Drawer Writing Desk with Original Leather Top
Located in London, GB
A well proportioned Swedish Birch partners desk, with original its green/black tooled leather top. Circa 1920s and in a lovely warm honey colour this free standing partners desk h...
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1920s Swedish Vintage Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Italian Parquetry Inlaid Writing Table Desk, 18th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
An exceptional parquetry inlaid writing table with Neoclassical designs, inlay with satinwood, black walnut, and fruitwood. Having a single center drawer, and supported on tapering l...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Fruitwood, Satinwood, Walnut

Directoire Style Small Bureau Plat
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Directoire Maison Jansen style desk. Label inside drawer inscribed "A. Alavoine and Co., NY and Paris." Leather inset writing surface, drawer fronts with contrasting veneer. Can als...
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

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