The antique cylinder desk can come in the form of a cylinder bookcase or as a pedestal desk. The front is a cylinder shape that opens to reveal a writing surface and is usually lockable. It is quite a remarkable piece of Victorian craftsmanship and would be difficult to reproduce to such good standards today. They are often built in woods such as Mahogany and Walnut but some very sought after examples are inlaid with Marquetry and Parquetry patterns. These antique desks truly are the result of a labour of love from a genuine craftsman with an abundance of skill. The build and finish is hard to find and rarely seen in modern day equivalents and they are not only very useful pieces of furniture but also very decorative to look at. Here at Antiques world we do get some remarkable desks for sale and you can see our latest cylinderdesks here.
Below are previous examples that we have sold and if any particular design looks of interest please let us know as we can add you onto our wanted book and let you know when a similar piece comes in stock.
Elegant, Inlaid Mahogany, Edwardian Cylinder Front Antique Desk
Dating from around 1900 in the Edwardian period this beautiful, small, cylinder front antique desk has a stunning look of elegance. The rectangular moulded top sits over the cylindrical front, both having delightful satinwood cross banding and boxwood with ebony string inlay decorations. The interior of the desk has a pull out writing slide along with several pigeon holes and two small drawers. Below this can be found two mahogany lined drawers, again with beautiful cross banding. The desk stands on four tapering legs with brass cup castors, appropriately elegant for such a stylish piece. Only a true craftsman can construct a desk to this design and level of quality due to the skill levels required in its creation. It is a lovely piece whose mahogany has aged to a warm medium shade with a striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.
Fabulous Quality French Marquetry & Parquetry Antique Cylinder Bureau. Dating from around 1890 and constructed from a variety of woods including mahogany, walnut and fruitwood, this antique cylinder bureau is of fabulous quality and displays some wonderful marquetry and parquetry craftsmanship. It has a three quarter gallery above a breche violette marble top. Below this can be found the wonderfully decorated cylindrical front, centred with marquetry displaying a selection of musical instruments and flanked by trellis parquetry and bordered with cross banding. The interior has a pull out writing surface with an old tooled leather writing insert. Above this can be found two oak lined drawers and several letter racks. The lower section also displays fabulous parquetry work on both sides and three drawer fronts which also have brass handles and are oak lined. The piece stands on elegantly shaped legs finished with decorative metal feet. This antique bureau/writing desk is a really unusual piece, not only with a practical use but beautiful to look at too.
This antique cylinder desk dates from the Victorian period, circa 1870, and is made from mahogany. It has a finely figured cylinder front with string inlay and decorative brass handles. Once opened it reveals an interior that contains no less than nine small drawers and four pigeon holes along with a pull out writing surface, the central section being covered in tooled leather. The central section can be raised beneath which can be found two secret drawers! The lower section has three graduating drawers, all with decorative brass handles, and the piece sits on shaped bracket feet.
Dating from around 1870 in the Victorian period this is a rather unusual mahogany antique bookcase with a cylindrical front. It has a moulded cornice above two glazed doors with key and working lock. The interior of the bookcase has three adjustable shelves, and is framed by beautifully carved corbels. The cylindrical front lifts to reveal a pull out writing surface with black leather writing inserts’, pigeon holes, four working drawers and six faux drawers. The lower section has two cupboard doors with a central fixed shelf flanked by more beautifully carved corbels. The antique bookcase stands on a plain plinth and is quite unusual having a cylindrical front.
This distinguished large Victorian mahogany antique cylinder desk, circa 1860, has a raised shaped moulded back. The interior has a pull out writing slide with three original tooled leather writing inserts, six small satinwood inlaid drawers and six letter racks. The lower section of this superior antique desk has a central mahogany lined drawer over kneehole and each pedestal has four graduating mahogany lined drawers with turned handles.
Superb Quality Edwardian Antique Flamed Mahogany Cylindrical Writing Desk. In the Hepplewhite / Regency style this Edwardian desk actually dates from around 1900 and is of superb quality. Every aspect of the desk oozes quality and is a superb example of pure craftsmanship being constructed from the finest quality timbers to the highest possible specification. It has a brass gallery surrounding a rectangular moulded top that carries beautiful figuring. This sits above a flamed mahogany cylindrical lid with original brass handles. The interior has a pull out desk top with tooled leather writing insert along with four working oak lined drawers and small shelf ( ideal for storing modern day office necessities like a tablet computer!). The drawer fronts display the finest figured satinwood, only found on true quality pieces, with ebony inlaid borders and original brass handles. The lower section has two oak lined cock beaded drawers with original brass handles and flamed mahogany drawer fronts. This fine piece stands on tapering legs with quality brass castors and has a finished back so maybe placed in the centre of a room if so desired. Not only has great care and thought been taken in its construction but its current condition is testimony to its owners since.
Dating from around 1870 this beautiful antique cylindrical desk is unusual being constructed from oak. The roll top has the original carved handles and once opened reveals the pull out writing surface. The comprehensively fitted out interior contains four tooled leather writing inserts, two of which lift and one of which hides a concealed compartment. It also contains four working drawers and several pigeon holes. The desk stands on two pedestals each containing three graduating oak lined drawers with the original turned handle.
James,I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how pleased we are with the desk we bought from you. It is absolutely stunning and a great addition to our home.I also had a desk chair made for it and it has been polished to match the colour of the walnut, with an olive green leather seat and back. The pair look stunning together.I will keep an eye out on your website for some other things.Thanks again!Kind regardsRichard
I have my writing desk ... Victorian circa 1890 walnut with red leather insert. AMAZING though i would have loved the keys to lock the drawers. delivered in perfect condition (well for 130 years old perfect). I only ask if Driscolls can fine me a small walnut chest of drawers to go with it! 5 or 10 stars all the way for me. Thank you so much.
Antique bureau to London,
Dear James, Just to confirm that I received my Bureau today, and that I’m very pleased with it. Can I also ask you to pass on my grateful thanks to your two delivery men. They did a fantastic job in getting the Bureau up onto the first floor for me. Not only did they cope with the difficult stairs, but they also had an extremely hard time in getting the Bureau up and over the top banister rail. A job very well done. Thank you.