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Desks - General

The earliest known images of desks in use date to 1440, when drawings depicting scribes sitting at sloped desks copying documents, manuscripts, and books. By the Renaissance era, the desk had come into its own as not only a work space for the literate few, but as a status symbol for the social elite.

Some of the most popular work stations produced were French Provincial desks. They were decorated with cabriole legs and scalloped carvings and rendered in oak, cherry, walnut, beech, or fruitwood. Others preferred multi-purpose pieces with more built-in storage like the Chippendale secretary desk, which boasted a drop-front writing surface, chest-style drawer,s and bookcase-like top.

The kidney desk, which first appeared in 18th-century France and England, made a strong return in the... Read more

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An oak school desk with lid and inkwell to the top.

July 30, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Little Bytham, United Kingdom

£20 (starting bid)

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A Georgian mahogany pedestal desk, with green leather skivver, four drawers

July 30, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Little Bytham, United Kingdom

£60 (starting bid)

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Lot w/Binoculars, Gavel, Wallets, Mug, Desk Items

July 30, 2016, 8:00 AM CST
Panama City, FL, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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Three 19th century Lap Desks

July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM EST
Knoxville , TN, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Mahogany George Washington Desk with Triple Leather Top

July 30, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Lexington, KY, USA

$475 (4 bids)

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Group of Black Leather Desk Accessories

July 30, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Lexington, KY, USA

$10 (1 bid)

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Continental 19th C. Inlaid Fall Front Desk

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Sarasota, FL, USA

$750 (starting bid)

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HEAVY CARVED FRENCH DESK WITH HEAVY BRONZE ORMOLU AND LEATHER TOP

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Grand Blanc, MI, USA

$1,500 (starting bid)

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VERY FINE HAND PAINTED CHINOISERIE SECRETARY DESK

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Grand Blanc, MI, USA

$2,500 (starting bid)

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French Marquetry Writing Desk

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Sarasota, FL, USA

$300 (1 bid)

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HAND CARVED WOOD AND INLAID DESK WITH LEATHER TOP

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Grand Blanc, MI, USA

$1,800 (starting bid)

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Silverplate Desk Set w/Glass Inkwells  (Both Inkwells have chips)  10

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Chattanooga, TN, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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Antique Lap Desk w/Key & Some Supplies Inside

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Chattanooga, TN, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Ostrich Skin Desk Calendar Holder

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Chattanooga, TN, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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Antique Writing Desk/Davenport Desk

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Chattanooga, TN, USA

$200 (1 bid)

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Louis XV Style Bronze Mounted Bureau Plat

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Long Island City, NY, USA

$6,000 (starting bid)

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Lap Desk   20

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Chattanooga, TN, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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Rhode Island Style Mahogany Block Front Desk

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Long Island City, NY, USA

$750 (starting bid)

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Mahogany Writing Desk

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Long Island City, NY, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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Country Chestnut Desk

July 30, 2016, 10:30 AM CST
Anna, IL, USA

$25 (starting bid)

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Walnut Vict. Rotary Desk

July 30, 2016, 10:30 AM CST
Anna, IL, USA

$25 (starting bid)

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Pine Plantation Desk

July 30, 2016, 10:30 AM CST
Anna, IL, USA

$25 (starting bid)

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Diminutive Ladies Inlaid Secretary

July 30, 2016, 10:30 AM CST
Anna, IL, USA

$25 (starting bid)

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Fr. Victorian Inlaid Cylinder Desk

July 30, 2016, 10:30 AM CST
Anna, IL, USA

$25 (starting bid)

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Virginia House, Traditional Maple Captains' Desk

July 30, 2016, 10:30 AM PST
Glendale, AZ, USA

$30 (3 bids)

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3pc. Artopex Contemporary Desk

July 30, 2016, 10:30 AM PST
Glendale, AZ, USA

$15 (2 bids)

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Traditional Style Oak Freestanding Roll Top Desk

July 30, 2016, 10:30 AM PST
Glendale, AZ, USA

$45 (2 bids)

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Leather Desk Topper / Organizer

July 30, 2016, 10:30 AM PST
Glendale, AZ, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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Contemporary Computer Desk

July 30, 2016, 10:30 AM PST
Glendale, AZ, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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Antique Wood Child's School House Desk.

July 30, 2016, 10:30 AM PST
Glendale, AZ, USA

$10 (1 bid)

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Contemporary Computer Desk On Casters

July 30, 2016, 10:30 AM PST
Glendale, AZ, USA

$10 (1 bid)

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Mahogany Desk

July 30, 2016, 3:00 PM EST
Copake, NY, USA

$70 (starting bid)

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19th c. Davenport Desk

July 30, 2016, 3:00 PM EST
Copake, NY, USA

$175 (2 bids)

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Mission Oak Desk

July 30, 2016, 3:00 PM EST
Copake, NY, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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Lovely Vintage Double side Secretary desk in great condition - 1940's

July 30, 2016, 1:30 PM PST
Olympia, WA, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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A Louis XVI Style Five Drawer Desk with Leather Inset Top

July 31, 2016, 11:00 AM AEST
Sydney, Australia

AUD100 (1 bid)

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An oak pedestal desk

July 31, 2016, 11:00 AM AEST
Sydney, Australia

AUD140 (starting bid)

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An Edwardian inlaid leather ladies desk

July 31, 2016, 11:00 AM AEST
Sydney, Australia

AUD140 (starting bid)

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A RUSTIC PAINTED DESK WITH BOOKSHELF

July 31, 2016, 12:00 PM AEST
Daylesford, Australia

AUD54 (starting bid)

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MID-CENTURY CHILDREN'S SCHOOL DESK AND CHAIR

July 31, 2016, 12:00 PM AEST
Daylesford, Australia

AUD70 (starting bid)

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AN EARLY 20TH-CENTURY OAK DESK

July 31, 2016, 12:00 PM AEST
Daylesford, Australia

AUD90 (starting bid)

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AN EARLY 20TH-CENTURY JAPANESE ELM DESK

July 31, 2016, 12:00 PM AEST
Daylesford, Australia

AUD180 (starting bid)

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AN EARLY 20TH-CENTURY OAK DESK

July 31, 2016, 12:00 PM AEST
Daylesford, Australia

AUD180 (starting bid)

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Two vintage desk sets

July 31, 2016, 5:00 PM AEST
Sydney, Australia

AUD60 (3 bids)

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A two drawer desk with leather insert

July 31, 2016, 5:00 PM AEST
Sydney, Australia

AUD50 (2 bids)

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19thc French Red Onyx & Gilt Metal Desk Set

July 31, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Bluffton, SC, USA

$650 (starting bid)

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19thc Rosewood & Brass Lap Desk

July 31, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Bluffton, SC, USA

$240 (starting bid)

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ANTIQUE AMERICAN TELEPHONE TABLE  WITH INKWELL INSERT

July 31, 2016, 1:00 PM EST
Mr. Pleasant, SC, USA

$5 (1 bid)

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ELEGANT CHINOISERIE LACQUER WRITING CABINET DESK

July 31, 2016, 1:00 PM EST
Mr. Pleasant, SC, USA

$5 (starting bid)

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(1) 6 Drawer  Desk W/ Matching 5 Drawer Dresser

July 31, 2016, 10:00 AM PST
Las Vegas, NV, USA

$15 (3 bids)

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Nordic teak desk with drawers

July 31, 2016, 1:30 PM EST
Hobe Sound, FL, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Nordic teak desk with drawers

July 31, 2016, 1:30 PM EST
Hobe Sound, FL, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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