Learn about Roll Top Desk

A desk, usually but not always of pedestal shape with a superstructure of small drawers and pigeonholes, enclosed by a shutter of horizontal timber slats. Also known as a tambour top desk. The slats are glued to strips of canvas and may be rolled up or down along parallel grooves on either side of the frame. Dating from the late 19th century and usually made from oak, one of the better known brands is the 'Cutler' desk. The Cutler style desk was much copied, and a genuine Cutler with the 'Cutler' name around the extended brass escutcheon, will command a price premium over a desk in the Cutler style without the maker's plaque. There is a second type of roll top desk, known as a cylinder desk that dates from the second half of the 18th century. The desk opening is enclosed by a quarter-round cylinder of veneered timber which, when opened, slides back into a recess behind the superstructure.
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An American oak Cutler desk and swivel chair, early 20th century. the desk has a roll-top sliding door action with interior drawers and stationery compartments. the base has twin pedestal drawers with pull out writing shelves, with makers label: 'Cutler'.

Antique oak roll top desk with 5 carved drawers and fitted interior, 94 cm wide, 58 cm deep, 105 cm high

Antique American large size 'Cutler' roll top desk, approx 128 cm high, 140 cm wide, 82 cm deep

A Swedish ladies burr wood desk, the roll top opening to reveal a fitted interior with two small drawers and ten pigeon holes, the apron fitted with two small drawers flanking the kneehole, raised on turned slender, tapering legs, 92 cm high, 90 cm wide, 5

Vintage oak roll top desk, 153 cm wide, 78 cm deep, 119 cm high

Cutler roll top desk, key included, 137.5 cm wide, 117 cm high

Mahogany inlaid roll top desk on tapered legs with brass gallery

Walnut Rolltop desk. Fitted with pigeonholes; twin pedestals of 5 drawers each. Height 129 cm. Width 166 cm. Diameter 92 cm

A Scandinavian style mahogany cylinder roll top. Desk with drawers, c.1890, with four drawers, one a pull-out, writing drawer with felt lined writing sliding shelf. The interior has 6 stationery drawers. The interior cupboard door is decorated with a venee

Jepps & Co oak roll top desk roll top with fitted interior, 4 drawers with centralised locking and 2 pull out shelves below122 cm wide, 66 cm deep, 113 cm high

A good vintage roll top desk, with inside pigeon holes, 8 drawers and two slide out shelves below, 122 cm wide, 75 cm deep, 115 cm high

A fine 19th century and later, Australian cedar roll top desk the fitted interior with birds eye maple veneer drawers and compartments

Edwardian roll top writing desk c. 1900, walnut, American oak with fitted stationery compartments, five lower drawers, on porcelain castors height: 112.5 cm; width 91 cm;. Depth 65 cm

A Sheraton style rosewood and marquetry desk, the roll top beneath a rectangular back with a central mirror, the whole with foliate boxwood inlay, raised on square tapering legs, brass caps and castors, 78 x 120 x 53 cm.

A Globe Wernicke oak roll top desk, circa 1910, the s-roll top with fitted interior standing on two four drawer twin pedestals with central drawer, together with an oak leather seated captains chair. Height 127 cm. Width 133 cm. Depth 81 cm

Biedermeier cylinder roll top desk 19th century the interior fitted with three short drawers each side of a central compartment door inlaid with classical figures and obelisks, three long drawers. Height 122 cm. Width 114 cm. Depth 59 cm

An American late 19th century oak roll top Derby desk, the roll top enclosing a fitted interior of drawers and pigeon holes with hinged slides above two pedestals with four drawers to each side and a central drawer, currently detached, the key escutcheon s

Oak roll top desk. Fitted interior over two pedestals with drawers

An early 20th century roll top desk. Width 124 cm. Depth 76 cm. Height 117 cm

An Australian oak roll top desk with 7 drawers and fitted interior

An exceptional Italian marquetry inlaid ladies cylinder top writing desk, the roll top concealing a fitted interior and a tooled leather writing slide with extensive marquetry decoration to the entire structure (front and back).

Late 19th century American black walnut roll-top desk of good quality

A cylinder top pedestal desk, the solid domed roll top opens to reveal multiple pigeon holes and drawers with leather pull out writing surface on two pedestals, one with four drawers and the other with a cupboard and drawer all with brass handles and escut

A Victorian mahogany roll top desk note: no keys available. Width 151 cm. Depth 80 cm. Height 123 cm

Late 18th/early 19th century Dutch marquetry cylinder roll top desk profusely inlaid on the central cylinder panel with flowers in a basket and garlands, fitted interior with inset leather desk pull out, raised on tapering legs with spade feet. Height 100

American oak roll top desk. Twin 4 drawer pedestals. Roll top functional. Height 128 cm. Width 152.5 cm. Depth 86 cm

A Colonial kauri roll top desk. Height 127 cm. Width 142 cm. Diameter 59 cm

A Colonial Stained kauri roll top desk with leather top. Height 127 cm, W.121 cm. Depth 68 cm

A massive Louis XV style marquetry inlaid and ormolu mounted roll top desk

A fully restored, American walnut decorated and panelled twin pedestal roll top desk, by a Cutler & Son