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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 late 1940s. The style remains popular in traditional and contemporary design today.

Thanks to John D. Loughlin, who designed the first scaled-down desks for school use in 1880, children of all ages could have their own dedicated work space. Now, antique school desks have become hits with parents and nostalgic collectors alike.

From the stand-up desks preferred by the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci and Thomas Jefferson to classic executive desks used by corporate leaders, desks in all forms are popular at auction.

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MID CENTURY ITALIAN LEATHER DESK
Nov 29, 9:00 AM PST
MID CENTURY ITALIAN LEATHER DESK
by Abell Auction
Est: $400- $600
$5505 Bids
Vintage Mid Century Modern Desk
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Mid Century Modern Desk
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
Napoleon III Bureau Pl‚t
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
Napoleon III Bureau Pl‚t
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1,1003 Bids
WINNER'S ONLY INC. OAK ROLL TOP DESK
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
WINNER'S ONLY INC. OAK ROLL TOP DESK
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$52 Bids
Large Leon Rosen Desk
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Large Leon Rosen Desk
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$8502 Bids
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CHILD'S DESK
Dec 01, 9:00 AM AEST
CHILD'S DESK
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD152 Bids
Vintage Black Glass Gold Gilt Secretary Desk
Dec 10, 2:00 PM EST
Vintage Black Glass Gold Gilt Secretary Desk
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $600- $1,200
$3001 Bid
Vintage Berkey and Gay Company Walnut Writing Desk
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Vintage Berkey and Gay Company Walnut Writing Desk
by Northgate Gallery
Est: $100- $25,000
$501 Bid
EMPIRE STYLE MAHOGANY BONHEUR DU JOUR
Dec 11, 9:00 AM CST
EMPIRE STYLE MAHOGANY BONHEUR DU JOUR
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $600- $800
$4001 Bid
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EUROPEAN WALNUT OFFICE PEDESTAL DESK, WITH INTERNAL COCKTAIL CABINET, MEASURES 165CM W X 85CM D X 77CM H
Dec 01, 9:00 AM AEST
EUROPEAN WALNUT OFFICE PEDESTAL DESK, WITH INTERNAL COCKTAIL CABINET, MEASURES 165CM W X 85CM D X 77CM H
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
Southern Plantation Handmade Slant Front Desk
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Southern Plantation Handmade Slant Front Desk
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Plantation Desk
Dec 09, 6:00 PM EST
Plantation Desk
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Large Dyrlund Rosewood Desk
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Large Dyrlund Rosewood Desk
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$7501 Bid
Bruno Braun Zimmer
Dec 03, 11:00 AM CET
Bruno Braun Zimmer
by Auktionshaus Sieglin GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€2401 Bid
Jerusalem olive wood Davenport desk
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Jerusalem olive wood Davenport desk
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
ANTIQUE FLAME MAHOGANY DESK
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE FLAME MAHOGANY DESK
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Antique Oak Tabletop Desk
Dec 01, 9:00 AM PST
Antique Oak Tabletop Desk
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
Roll Front Desk
Dec 10, 9:00 AM EST
Roll Front Desk
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
A VERY RARE LATE 18TH C TIGER MAPLE SLANT FRONT DESK
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
A VERY RARE LATE 18TH C TIGER MAPLE SLANT FRONT DESK
by D. L. Straight Auctioneers
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5001 Bid
Directoire Style Blond Mahogany Writing Table Desk
Dec 04, 12:00 PM EST
Directoire Style Blond Mahogany Writing Table Desk
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $800- $1,200
$1001 Bid
French Provincial Style Oak Wood Executive Desk
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
French Provincial Style Oak Wood Executive Desk
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Drop Front Desk
Nov 29, 9:00 AM EST
Drop Front Desk
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Desks - General


Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Uniques & Antiques

Uniques & Antiques

Christian McCann Auctions

Christian McCann Auctions

Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery