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Flame mahogany and crossbanded pedestal desk
Flame mahogany and crossbanded pedestal desk
A fine flame mahogany veneered and crossbanded pedestal desk with fine double stringing details, the gilt tooled leather inset concave sided top with protruding rounded corners supported by reeded columns with ...

£8,615

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Marquetry Inlay Writing Table or Desk
Marquetry Inlay Writing Table or Desk
A fine flame Cerejeira veneered, Morado banded & Sycamore marquetry inlaid writing table, the rectangular concave sided cast brass edged and gilt tooled leather inlaid top with canted angles, the Morado bor...

£4,955

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Late Georgian style writing table with concave sides and marquetry inlay
Late Georgian style writing table with concave sides and marquetry inlay
A fine flame Cerejeira veneered, Morado banded & Sycamore marquetry inlaid writing table, the rectangular concave sided cast brass edged and gilt tooled leather inlaid top with canted angles, above a Morado...

£4,365

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Gilded Writing Table or Desk
Gilded Writing Table or Desk
A fine Morado veneered writing table, the rectangular top with a brass three quarter gallery above two frieze drawers each centered by gilt framed lozenges with chestnut burl veneered centres, the square taperi...

£3,765

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Walnut and Rosewood Serpentine Partners Desk
Walnut and Rosewood Serpentine Partners Desk
A flame walnut and rosewood crossbanded partner's pedestal desk, the serpentine moulded edge top centred by a well, each side with three frieze drawers and three further drawers to each pedestal, with toole...

£11,850

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Chocolate Chinoiserie hand painted pedestal desk
Chocolate Chinoiserie hand painted pedestal desk
An imbuya burl veneered, gilt and Chinoiserie painted pedestal desk, the rounded rectangular top with a carved edge and a central vintage leather writing surface, above four frieze drawers, one pedestal with th...

£9,490

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Flame mahogany pedestal partners desk
Flame mahogany pedestal partners desk
A fine flame mahogany pedestal partners desk, the rectangular top with protruding rounded corners and a central gilt tooled leather writing surface, the top concealing power management, the frieze with three fr...

£7,390

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Mother of Pearl inlay table in the style of Louis XV
Mother of Pearl inlay table in the style of Louis XV
Ladies desk in light cerejeira with fine mother of pearl marquetry inlays. Rectangular top with rounded corners inset with a leather writing surface, above a rosette inlaid frieze, on brass capital turned, tape...

£5,490

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Victorian Style Pedestal Desk
Victorian Style Pedestal Desk
Well-proportioned pedestal desk in mappa burl with canted and reeded corners. A hand-tooled brown leather inset top is surrounded by a carved edge with a repeating floral pattern. The central arch knee-hole is ...

£4,250

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Victorian Antique Burr Maple Pedestal Desk
Victorian Antique Burr Maple Pedestal Desk
A Well-proportioned Victorian pedestal desk in burr maple with canted and reeded corners. A hand-tooled brown leather inset top is surrounded by a carved edge with a repeating floral pattern. Central arch knee-...

£4,250

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Thomas Hope style mahogany & ebonised pedestal desk
Thomas Hope style mahogany & ebonised pedestal desk
An attractive mahogany pedestal desk after an early 19th century design by Thomas Hope.  The top has a mahogany perimeter with finely carved edge and inset, hand tooled, leather writing surface, above ...

£3,450

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Thomas Hope style mahogany & gilded pedestal desk
Thomas Hope style mahogany & gilded pedestal desk
An attractive mahogany pedestal desk after an early 19th century design by Thomas Hope.  The top has a mahogany perimeter with finely carved edge and inset, hand tooled, leather writing surface, above ...

£3,450

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Floral Inlaid Mahogany Desk or Writing Table
Floral Inlaid Mahogany Desk or Writing Table
Desk or writing table with floral and line brass inlay, constructed in mahogany with highly-figured Etimoe veneer, a tropical hardwood from Central Africa. Movingue veneer crossbanding and elegant brass accents...

£3,185

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Everything you can ask for

There are many different types of reproduction desks which our clients can ask for. Another popular requirement and perhaps a more ?multi purpose? piece of furniture is the fall front bureau. We have many in stock; some on elegant Queen Anne or cabriole legs with a single drawer beneath, and some with 3-4 drawers underneath for additional storage. These types of walnut and mahogany desks are often popular in guest bedrooms, as they offer at once the convenience of a place for your guest to store clothes and the luxury of having somewhere private to write or study.

The Library Table as an alternative to a desk

The Library Table is a less often considered alternative to a desk. These are on four (usually) tapered or turned legs, with one row of drawers underneath the writing surface. They are a very elegant, light alternative to a traditional pedestal desk, and are useful when not so much storage is required by the person using is ? hence ?library table?, one supposes.

The Bureau a Gradin - a continuation of the Library Table style

The Bureau a Gradin is a continuation of the Library Table style, with drawers added to the surface of the desk in two or three rows ? a small prtable version of this style of desk is the Bonheur du Jour. A more specific example again of the Bureau a Gradin is the Carlton House Desk, which was allegedly designed for the Prince of Wales (then George IV) and named after his elaborate residence on Carlton Terrace. The Carlton House desk has the drawers, pigeonholes and miniature cupboard arranged in front of the writer in a U shape; almost embracing them. The two ends of the U are usually sloped downwards towards the writer. It is a very pleasing, unmistakeably Regency desk.

There are well over 50 different varieties of desks ? those mentioned as well as Credenza Desks, Mazarin Desks, Butlers Desks, Davenport Desks and Lieseuse Desks (with a central panel on the surface which rises to aid readers).

We have many of these in stock, and are always interested to embark on new commissions.

Once occupied a central and important position in the home and office. They are manufactured with durable wood and used as either functional furniture, decorative items, or collector's pieces. For everyday use, highly functional desks are outfitted with drawers, partitions, and locks. For decoration brass handles and locks embellished the desk as well as Pearl-inlays and leather writing surfaces. The Pedestal Desk is one of the two principal forms of the big Campaign Desk used by the military in the past. It was considered a portable desk in a limited way since the writing surface could be easily separated from the pedestals, to facilitate transport. The three separate elements were often fitted with large handles on the sides. In the 19th century, a "modesty panel" was placed in front, between the pedestals, to hide the legs and knees of the user from anyone else sitting or standing in front. This variation is sometimes called a "Panel Desk". The smaller pedestal desks with such a panel are sometimes called Kneehole Desks, When a pedestal desk is doubled in size to form a nearly square working surface, and drawers are put on both sides to accommodate two users at the same time, it becomes a Partners Desk. Thomas Chippendale gives designs for such tables, which were generally used in libraries, as writing tables.The pedestal desk appeared in England, in the 18th century but became popular in the 19th and the 20th Centuries, overtaking the variants of the Secretary Desk and Writing Tables.

 

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