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Conan Doyle’s desk solution

21 October 2019

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859- 1930), author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, was so keen to work during his extensive travels that in 1925 he commissioned a case-maker to create a trunk that transformed into a writing desk.

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The web shop window: Chippendale-period partner’s desk

05 August 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Cohray’s handmade modernism

24 June 2019

In the 1950s French designer Raymond Cohen and his firm Cohray were producing a range of ultra-modern furniture that – although made for the machine age – were all put together by hand.

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Mayfair gallery keeps it simple with Deco desks

13 August 2018

Simplicity and geometry are key to the works of Eugène Printz, one of the Parisian practitioners of Art Deco design.

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Huanghali heads to high popularity

13 August 2018

Just as fine English mahogany is selling below par, Chinese furniture, particularly in the desirable huanghuali hardwood, is booming.

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Desk style back in favour

02 July 2018

An Edwardian Carlton House satinwood desk of the type which was once a best-seller at auction, but an early casualty of the furniture slump, was back in favour at the Hartleys (17.5% buyer’s premium) summer sale in Ilkley.

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Sixties desk shows form and substance

12 February 2018

Designed by Bodil Kjaer, this 1960s oak, palisander and steel ‘executive desk’ offered at Chiswick Auctions (23% buyer’s premium) is a classic example of the huge influence of Scandinavian architects on Western post-war design.

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Madrid auction offers sumptuous walnut, the Bargueño desk

29 January 2018

Bargueño desks, designed to hold documents and money, originated in Renaissance Spain and remained popular through the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.

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WR Harvey’s book and autumn exhibition celebrate 65 years in the business – and one notorious woman

04 November 2016

This mahogany and inlaid dressing table, which is on offer at WR Harvey Antiques 65th anniversary exhibition opening tomorrow, is remarkable in part because of its infamous original owner, an 18th century society woman whose crimes eventually sent two men to the gallows.

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Sidney Barnsley furniture from maker’s family sells for over £30,000 at Salisbury auction

05 July 2016

Five pieces of furniture consigned from direct descendants of architect and craftsman Sidney Barnsley (1865-1926) drew bidders’ attention at Woolley & Wallis’ latest Arts and Crafts sale in Salisbury.

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Lombardy escritoire sells for £19,500 at Chorley’s auction in Gloucestershire

13 August 2015

The highlight of Chorley’s latest two-day sale at Prinknash Abbey was this unusual late 18th century Lombardy escritoire.

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Museum acquires Dickens’ desk

21 April 2015

The writing desk and chair used by Charles Dickens as he penned a number of his later classics have been bought by a museum based at the author’s former central London home.

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Russian collection in Rye

21 December 2012

A large 200-lot Russian consignment of items from the InterContinental Hotel in Prague is estimated to fetch around £350,000 at Rye Auction Galleries in East Sussex on January 4.

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The Mayor of Bristol’s writing desk

01 August 2012

This 19th century metamorphic mahogany estates writing desk will appear at Diamond Mills & Co’s sale in Felixstowe on August 8.

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Police appeal for information after Dorking theft

05 July 2010

POLICE in Surrey are seeking information about this man, pictured here, in connection with the theft of six paintings and Georgian writing desk worth total of around £25,000 from an antiques shop in Dorking earlier this month.

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Desk proves a draw at £18,500

07 June 2010

THIS Regency mahogany Carlton House desk, embellished with barber's pole stringing and marquetry fleur-de-lys medallions, was consigned for sale at Moore Allen & Innocent of Cirencester and attracted seven phone lines and others in the room.

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Linke desk wins Object of the Year award

15 June 2009

LAPADA’s year-long search for their object of the year ended at Olympia on June 9 when the prize was awarded to Mayfair dealer Adrian Alan, who submitted this magnificent Grand Bureau by François Linke.

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The £84,000 hint that it might be Chippendale

24 November 2008

THIS imposing but relatively plain 5ft 6in (1.69m) wide mahogany centre pedestal desk c.1760 was a last-minute entry to Addison's of Barnards Castle fine art and antiques sale on November 15.

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Available at under £2000, the £82,000 desk...

06 May 2005

“IT was the power of the press that did it,“ said a red-faced, but delighted, auctioneer Michael Perry of Capes Dunn & Co. (15% buyer’s premium). News has only recently filtered down to the ATG of a spectacular result posted by the Manchester auctioneers back on February 22.

Tea caddy market still looks on the boil

23 May 2002

With the bulk of the 377 lots at the Grantham rooms of Marilyn Swain (15% buyer’s premium) on April 10 being fairly mediocre, the late Victorian mahogany and satinwood Tous Les Louis Exhibition quality kneehole writing desk, right, was always going to shine out.