By Ninon Hennequin. Desks. Published at Tuesday, April 03rd, 2018 - 05:49:23 AM.
This short guide is aimed at answering some of the most frequently asked questions asked by prospective buyers of antique writing furniture and specifically Antique Desks and Antique Writing Tables. It covers key points such as basic options, practical matters, types of writing furniture, age, woods, care of antique furniture and how to buy from an antique dealer.
Desks for more than one person: larger desks that have significant depth can be used by two people - facing each other - see Partners' Desks below. They would likely stand in the middle of an office or study to allow access to all sides of the desk. Obviously such desks also offer a very large work space for a single user.
Desks with Superstructure: very popular in Victorian times and earlier. These desks - which take many forms, Dickens desks, bankers desks, roll top desks, Carlton House Desks etc - have a raised structure at the back of the desk with drawers, small cupboards or pigeon holes for stationery. Many of these desks were designed to stand against a wall and have a relatively plain or even unfinished rear elevation. Some desks have flat writing surfaces, some have raised writing slopes with storage underneath - those with the slope are becoming popular again since the slope provides an ideal "work station" for a laptop computer.
An example of that is a desk that provides filing capacity in a deep drawer, which is an essential if your office has no room for a filing cabinet. For many people, their home office is no more than a cupboard or a similar small area. For others it could be larger than most people's bedrooms. Irrespective of the space available to you, you will want a desk that perfectly meets your needs with regard to accessibility, storage and comfort - and don't forget looks.
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