Antique Pedestal Desks are a free standing desk usually with a leather top and two pedestals with a bank of drawers down either side. They have a central knee hole where you can sit and this is why they are also known as the antique Kneehole desk. They were first introduced in the late Georgian period for large grand offices, banks and Libraries but were most popular in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Some antique pedestal desks were designed to sit against the wall, whereas the better quality examples would have a finished back, so could be placed in the centre of a room. They are mainly constructed in quality woods like Oak, Walnut and Mahogany along with quality brass or turned wooden handles. Originally they were used for writing, but today they can also be used to place a computer or lap top on top and have ample storage for paperwork. The larger pedestal desks can have working drawers on both sides, called a partners desk, enabling two people to work at them facing each other. The antique pedestal desk is the most useful and sought after desk, they are traditional in design but ideal for modern uses. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.
Pedestal Desks for sale
Have a look at previous examples that we have sold below and if any of these styles look of interest, let us know as we get lots of antique desks arriving in stock every week.
This spectacular quality Victorian antique pedestal desk is truly unique as it has been constructed from figured satin birch and dates from around 1870. It has a moulded top with rounded corners and a burgundy tooled leather writing insert above a long drawer over knee hole.
This Arts And Crafts Victorian Golden Oak Antique Pedestal Desk, has a pull out writing slides above four graduating oak lined drawers all with the original solid brass handles.
This Large 19th Century Rich Mahogany Antique Pedestal Desk dates from ca. 1850. Desks of this size and quality are not often available for sale on the open market as it has a larger knee hole space.
Of lovely small, neat proportions, this fine quality antique Victorian Walnut pedestal desk dates from around 1890. It has a moulded top with tooled leather writing insert above a central drawer over knee hole and each pedestal has four graduating walnut lined drawers with the original quality brass handles and key with working locks which is quite unique.
This is a Quality Victorian Oak Antique Pedestal Dickens Desk. The top section has six small oak lined drawers joined together by a turned gallery, these sit above three writing inserts, the central one being sloped. The lower section of this quality Dickens desk has a central, relatively wide, oak lined drawer over knee hole flanked by two pedestals. Each pedestal has four graduating oak lined drawers with unusual locking mechanisms and keys. The piece stands on a plain plinth and has an attractive panelled back so can be placed in the centre of a room if so desired.
Beautiful antique bureau,
Dear James The bureau has arrived and is very beautiful – I am delighted. Do you know anything of its history? It would be very interesting to know where it has been. (Don’t worry if not, but I do wonder who has sat where I am now, and hope they got as much pleasure out if their bureau as I do.) Thank you for arranging everything so well. Best wishes Sue Antique bureau
Hi James, The desk arrived today and it’s fabulous! Thanks, Sian
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.