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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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Papeleira miniatura folheada a madeira de raiz, com tampo de rebater e duas gavetas.
Jun 03, 7:00 PM WEST
Papeleira miniatura folheada a madeira de raiz, com tampo de rebater e duas gavetas.
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €50- €100
€1407 Bids
Industrial Influenced Iron & Wood 2-drawer Desk
Jun 01, 10:00 AM MST
Industrial Influenced Iron & Wood 2-drawer Desk
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$555 Bids
Antique Pine Desk
Jun 22, 6:30 PM EDT
Antique Pine Desk
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$454 Bids
Hooker Furniture Traditions Rhapsody Rustic Wood Desk
Jun 01, 10:00 AM MST
Hooker Furniture Traditions Rhapsody Rustic Wood Desk
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$654 Bids
A leatherette desk compendium, Height 28cm x Width 27cm x Depth 14cm
Jun 04, 7:00 PM AEST
A leatherette desk compendium, Height 28cm x Width 27cm x Depth 14cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD353 Bids
Earl School Master Desk With Stool
Jun 22, 6:30 PM EDT
Earl School Master Desk With Stool
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$403 Bids
Wood Desk Chair w/ Iron Accents & Locking Drawers
Jun 01, 10:00 AM MST
Wood Desk Chair w/ Iron Accents & Locking Drawers
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Fabulous antique Austrian Viennese enamel decorated miniature vanity desk
Jun 09, 10:00 AM CDT
Fabulous antique Austrian Viennese enamel decorated miniature vanity desk
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$122 Bids
Aspen Home Southern Comfort Wood Desk
Jun 01, 10:00 AM MST
Aspen Home Southern Comfort Wood Desk
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Vintage Drexel Asian leather top desk
Jun 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Drexel Asian leather top desk
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Oak Miniature Secretary Desk
Jun 10, 5:00 PM EDT
Oak Miniature Secretary Desk
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
A Louis XVI style mahogany veneered 'Bureau à Cylindre', H 118 - W 100 - D 55,5 cm
May 30, 10:00 AM CEST
A Louis XVI style mahogany veneered 'Bureau à Cylindre', H 118 - W 100 - D 55,5 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €400- €600
€2001 Bid
Maitland Smith world map desk on 8 legs
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Maitland Smith world map desk on 8 legs
by King Galleries
Est: $3,000- $4,500
$1,5001 Bid
Dutch Art Nouveau Modelhuis Legrand desk.
Jun 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Dutch Art Nouveau Modelhuis Legrand desk.
by Quinn's Auction Galleries
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5001 Bid
A Mid Century Modern-Style Walnut Desk
Jun 08, 9:00 AM PDT
A Mid Century Modern-Style Walnut Desk
by Abell Auction
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0001 Bid
Hooker Furniture Rhapsody Writing Desk w/ Keyboard Draw
Jun 01, 10:00 AM MST
Hooker Furniture Rhapsody Writing Desk w/ Keyboard Draw
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Solid Oak Desk 1270 x 770 x 760
Jun 01, 11:00 AM AEST
Solid Oak Desk 1270 x 770 x 760
by Tuckerbox Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD201 Bid
Contemporary Style Wood Desk / Writing Table
Jun 01, 10:00 AM MST
Contemporary Style Wood Desk / Writing Table
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Ikea Micke Modern Laminate Student Desk
Jun 01, 10:00 AM MST
Ikea Micke Modern Laminate Student Desk
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
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Arts + Crafts oak slant front desk
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Arts + Crafts oak slant front desk
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $100- $150
$251 Bid
Neoclassical-Style Bronze-Mounted Bureau plat
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Neoclassical-Style Bronze-Mounted Bureau plat
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$5001 Bid
Hooker Furniture Leather Top Writing Desk
Jun 01, 10:00 AM MST
Hooker Furniture Leather Top Writing Desk
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Antique Walnut Lincoln Style/ Postmaster Desk, 32 x 23 x 58 in. (81.3 x 58.4 x 147.3 cm.)
Jun 02, 4:00 PM CDT
Antique Walnut Lincoln Style/ Postmaster Desk, 32 x 23 x 58 in. (81.3 x 58.4 x 147.3 cm.)
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$1001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Desks - General


Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery

DOYLE Auctioneers & Appraisers

DOYLE Auctioneers & Appraisers

Historia Auctionata

Historia Auctionata

King Galleries

King Galleries