Any list of desk forms and types
encountered in the modern office
or home, and in antique
stores, is incomplete and contradictory given the variations in the naming of desks, as a simple lookup in two or three of the reference books below will demonstrate. Each article discusses the name variations and the most general article of all, desk
, makes comparisons between several forms and places them in historical context.
The division between "desk form" and "desk type" presented here is arbitrary, since there is no consensus as how to differentiate function, form, type and style in these matters, as the books in the reference section below show. A form here is something rather specific, while a type can be applied to any given form or all of them.
See also these specific desks
- Aronson, Joseph. The Encyclopedia of Furniture. 3rd edition. New York: Crown Publishers Inc., 1965.
- Bedel, Jean. Le grand guide des styles. Paris: Hachette, 1996.
- Boyce, Charles. Dictionary of Furniture. New York: Roundtable Press, 1985.
- Comstock, Helen. American Furniture: 17th, 18th and 19th century styles. Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. 1997
- Duncan, Alastair. Mobilier art déco. Paris: Thames and Hudson, 2000
- Forrest, Tim. The Bulfinch Anatomy of Antique Furniture. London: Marshall editions, 1996.
- Hinckley, F. Lewis. A Directory of Antique Furniture: The Authentic Classification of European and American Designs. New York: Bonanza Books, 1988.
- Moser, Thomas. Measured Shop Drawings for American Furniture. New York: Sterling Publlishing Inc., 1985.
- Nutting, Wallace. Furniture Treasury. New York: Macmillan Publishers, 1963.
- Oglesby, Catherine. French provincial decorative art. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1951.
- Payne, Christopher, Ed. Sotheby's Concise Encyclopedia of Furniture. London: Conran Octopus, 1989.
- Pélegrin-Genel, Elisabeth. L'art de vivre au bureau. Paris: Flammarion, 1995.
- Reyniès, Nicole de. Le mobilier domestique: Vocabulaire Typologique. Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1987.