The Edwardian Desk was made during the period of 1901 to 1910 and this was the time of change as the Cabinet makers of this period had the use of new woodworking machines, making it easier to develop new designs and ideas. They still produced some of the traditional looking desks like the standard pedestal desk but they also made new features. They liked to copy earlier designs like Chippendale, Sheraton and Hepplewhite, so used many of these features in the decoration like blind fretwork or intricate inlays. Most Edwardian desks from this period were in Mahogany, Oak or Walnut but occasionally more fine timbers were used such as Satinwood. Clever new developments were implemented like with the tambour front, a slatted roll top that opened and closed to lock away all your important paperwork. Because of the new techniques in manufacturing, traditional cabinet makers started their own movement, the Arts and Crafts period. They would only build desks by hand using hand cut dovetail joints and pegs or clout nails and only solid woods. This meant desks in this design were extremely well made, very solid and so are usually still in very good condition today. You can have plenty of choice from this period, from the finer ladies desk on delicate spade feet, to the more robust leather top solid desk on a plinth or bracket feet. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.
Antique Desks for sale
Recently Sold Antiques
Below are a few examples of previously sold Edwardian desks but if any particular style looks of interest please let us know as we do get many similar designs in stock and we can try to locate something similar.
This Edwardian solid oak antique desk dates from around 1900 and is of beautiful quality. It has a rectangular moulded top with tooled leather writing insert and brass gallery. Over the knee hole is an oak lined drawer with brass handles supported by elegant turned reeded legs. The pedestal to the right has four graduating oak lined drawers with moulded edges and ornate brass handles. The desk has reeded sides, stands on turned feet with brass castors and has a finished back so may be placed in the centre of a room if so desired. It is an unusual small size so could always be used as a lamp table in a living space.
Dating from around 1915 this Edwardian barley twist antique desk is constructed from a warm shade of oak. It has a rectangular moulded top with early brown tooled leather writing insert above a central drawer with period pearl drop brass handles. A decorative carved apron spans the knee hole which is flanked by four drawers, again with brass pearl drop handles and displaying geometric Jacobean design mouldings. The front side edges are reeded and the desk stands on barley twist turned supports with bobbin turned feet and cross stretchers.
Dating from ca. 1900, this Large Edwardian Walnut Pedestal desk has a rectangular moulded top with tooled red leather writing insert above a central drawer over large knee hole. This is flanked by two pedestals each containing four graduating drawers with brass swan neck handles. The desk has moulded sides and the pedestals rest on moulded plinths with castors. The whole desk splits into 3 sections for ease of removal has a finished back so maybe placed in the centre of a room if so desired.
This fine Large Edwardian Mahogany Antique Inlaid Writing Desk dates from ca. 1900, has a rectangular top with rounded corners and a brown tooled leather writing insert sitting above a central drawer over kneehole. Each side has two oak lined drawers, all with fine decorative ‘drop’ brass handles and key with working locks. The edges are all beautifully inlaid with satinwood cross banding, boxwood and ebony string inlay and the desk sits on four tapering legs with spade feet.
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- 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.
- Writing desk to Aberdeen Scotland,
Hi James,The writing desk arrived on Monday all in good order. It is a lovely piece, and we are thrilled with it! The delivery service was punctual and friendly as well. I appreciate all of your assistance and look forward to conducting business with you in the future.