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A William IV rosewood desk tidy attributed to Gillows
By Gillows of Lancaster & London
Located in Lymington, Hampshire
A William IV rosewood desk tidy attributed to Gillows, of rectangular form with everted, bracket sides carved with S-scrolls and pointed trefoil corners, raised on four turned feet. ...
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Antique 1830s English William IV Desk Sets

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Rosewood

Marble Onyx Stone Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy Catchall
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant large 1970s Italian modernist marble onyx stone cigar ashtray, desk tidy, vide poche, or catchall. Rounded thick shape with rust and green color swirlings. No visible maker's...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Marble, Onyx

Jean Luce Art Deco Glass Ashtray Desk Tidy Catchall
By Jean Luce
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant Art Deco thick clear glass slab ashtray or desk tidy by French designer Jean Luce (1895-1964). Square shape with an etched center in a frosted textured pattern. A perfect acc...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco More Desk Accessories

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Glass

Art Deco Bakelite Streamline Inkwell Desk Tidy, c1930
Located in Devon, England
Original 1930s Art Deco Streamline Bakelite Inkwell. Made by Esterook Hazell Pens Ltd and marked London made In England, 'dip well' Fountain well No 427. There are two inkwells made ...
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Mid-20th Century English Art Deco More Desk Accessories

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Rubber, Glass, Bakelite

Lumax Nevada Glass Desk Tidy Catchall Ashtray by Le Corbusier
By Lumax, Le Corbusier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely 1950s Industrial thick molded glass desktop accessory catchall, desk tidy, or ashtray manufactured by Lumax, France. Original design by Le Corbusier, this model named "Nevada"...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Glass

1980s SeaShell in Rootbeer Resin Desk Tidy Catchall Vide Poche
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning 1980s French modern desk tidy, vide poche, or catchall. Ovoid shape with extra thick resin slab in gorgeous rootbeer swirl color with a large mother-of-pearl seashell insert...
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Vintage 1980s French Modern More Desk Accessories

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Shell, Mother-of-Pearl, Resin

Marius Giuge, Vallauris Style Ceramic Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy Catchall
By Marius Giuge, Vallauris
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely 1960s French ceramic cigar ashtray, desk tidy, vide poche, or catchall, reminiscent of Marius Giuge in Vallauris, work. Extra thick rounded donut shape with a lava textured pa...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Ceramic, Faience

The Silver Crane Company English Ceramic Parker Pen Pottery Desk Tidy
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A scarce novelty ceramic lidded desk tidy modeled as a Parker fountain pen made by The Silver Crane Company and made under licence from The Parker Pen Co. Ltd in 1984. The large box ...
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Vintage 1980s English Modern More Desk Accessories

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Pottery

Jean Luce French Art Deco Blue Mirror Glass Ashtray Desk Tidy
By Jean Luce
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning Art Deco 1930s mirrored ashtray, desk tidy, vide-poche, or catchall by French designer Jean Luce (1895 - 1964). Square shape with thick blue mirrored glass slab and bevellin...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco More Desk Accessories

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Glass, Mirror

Antique Letter Holder, German, Desk Tidy, Art Nouveau, after WMF, Edwardian
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique letter holder. A German, cast metal and glass desk tidy of Art Nouveau taste and in the manner of WMF Kayserzinn, dating to the Edwardian period, circa 1910. Wo...
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Early 20th Century German More Desk Accessories

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Glass

Designed by Le Corbusier for Lumax 1950s Nevada Molded Glass Desk Tidy Ashtray
By Lumax, Le Corbusier
Located in Atlanta, GA
1950s Industrial thick molded glass desktop accessory, desk tidy, or cigar ashtray manufactured by Lumax, France. Original design by Le Corbusier, this model named "Nevada" was used ...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Glass

Antique English Crocodile / Alligator Inkwell / Desk Tidy, circa 1880
Located in London, GB
A truly magnificent and scarce novelty inkwell, cast in the form of a Crocodile / Alligator, in heavy solid brass. The hinged lid to the centre lifts to reveal a central section w...
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Antique 1880s English Late Victorian Inkwells

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Brass

English Coromandel and Enamel Letter Rack and Desk Tidy
Located in London, GB
English coromandel and cloissonnee enamel letter rack and desk tidy. A beautiful and most unusual stationary box mounted in gilt bronze with coromandel inside but the whole outside w...
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Antique 1890s English Decorative Boxes

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Bronze, Enamel

Christian Dior Silver Plate Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy Catchall
By Dior Home, Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant Christian Dior, Paris modernist large cigar ashtray or desk accessory. This silverplate sophisticated catchall features an iconic streamlined design with clean lines. Marked ...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Metal, Silver Plate

Christian Dior Crystal Cigar Ashtray Bowl Dish Catchall Desk Tidy
By Dior Home, Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely Christian Dior crystal cigar ashtray or bowl or desk tidy with heavily carved pattern. This lovely piece features bubble carving around. Marked on the inside with "Christian D...
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Vintage 1980s French Modern Ashtrays

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Crystal

Antique Desk Tidy, English, Mahogany, Letter, Stationery Rack, Edwardian
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique desk tidy. An English, mahogany letter or stationery rack, dating to the Edwardian period, circa 1910. Attractive wavy form draws the eye Displaying a desirabl...
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Early 20th Century British Edwardian More Desk Accessories

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Mahogany

Fabulous Antique English Equestrian / Horse Racing Desk Tidy, circa 1900
Located in London, GB
A handsome and most unusual desk tidy made from English silver plate dating to the late Victorian era, circa 1890-1900. Of course what makes this so special is the Equestrian / Jo...
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Antique Early 1900s English Edwardian Desk Sets

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Silver Plate

Verreries de Masnieres 1950s Glass Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning large midcentury blown glass cigar ashtray or desk tidy or vide poche designed and manufactured by Verreries de Masnieres, France. Extra thick handmade swirl glass, rounded ...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Glass, Blown Glass

Small Antique Treen, English, Walnut, Artist's Brush Pot, Desk Tidy, Victorian
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is a small antique treen. An English, walnut artist's brush pot or desk tidy, dating to the Victorian period, circa 1900. Dashing example of the Victorian treen aesthetic Di...
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Antique Late 19th Century British More Desk Accessories

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Walnut

Laurige Croute De Vachette Paris Brown Leather & Suede Desk Tidy Document Holder
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely brown leather hand made in Paris by Laurige Croute De Vachette desk tidy A very useful tray for storing or moving A4 documents, in r...
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20th Century French Modern Desk Sets

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Leather

Suite of Faux Book Brown Leather Desk Accessories Pen Pot Desk Tidy Book Clock
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely suite of brown leather desk accessories Including a clock in a set of books, a pen pot made up of books and a desk / envelope tidy ...
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20th Century English Modern More Desk Accessories

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Leather

Jean Luce 1930s French Art Deco Mirrored Glass Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy
By Jean Luce
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning large Art Deco mirrored glass cigar ashtray or desk tidy or vide poche attributed to French designer Jean Luce. Extra thick crystal clear glass slab with mirror finish under...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco More Desk Accessories

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Mirror, Glass

Designed by Le Corbusier for Lumax 1950s Nevada Molded Glass Desk Tidy Ashtray
By Le Corbusier, Lumax
Located in Atlanta, GA
1950s Industrial thick molded glass desktop accessory, desk tidy, or cigar ashtray manufactured by Lumax, France. Original design by Le Corbusier, this model named "Nevada" was used ...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Glass

Antique English Horn and Gold Plated Novelty Desk Tidy, Lizard with Glass Eyes
Located in London, GB
A charming and unusual desk tidy / dish, perfect for keeping bits and pieces tidy on the desk-top. It could also be used for candy or change or jewelry by the bedside. The bronze ...
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Antique 1880s English Late Victorian More Desk Accessories

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Gold Plate

Nos Liberty's London Brown Leather & Silk Desk Tidy Set Pen Pot Filing Note Pad
By Liberty of London, Liberty & Co.
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning new old stock Liberty’s London handmade in Italy brown leather and silk desk stationery organizer set A very good looking and well...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desk Sets

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Silk, Leather

Antique Victorian Silver Inkstand 1880 Inkwell Desk Tidy Pen Tray
By Walter and John Barnard
Located in London, GB
A magnificent Antique Victorian sterling Silver Inkstand with a pair of Inkwells, a central rectangular box with a fitted lid supporting a small lamp with a snake handle. The Inkstan...
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Antique 19th Century English Victorian Inkwells

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Sterling Silver

Gordon Russell, a Cheese Board Made of Ash and a Walnut Desk Pen Tidy
By Gordon Russell
Located in London, GB
Gordon Russell. Broadway, Worcs. A cheese board made of ash: Length 15, width 9, height 2 inches A pen tidy made of walnut: Length 14.5, width 4.5 inches, height 2 inches.
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Early 20th Century English Arts and Crafts Desk Sets

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Ash, Walnut

Antique Butler's Stationery Tidy, Oak, Storage Box, Arts & Crafts, Victorian
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique butler's stationery tidy. An English, oak storage box in Arts & Crafts taste, dating to the late Victorian period, circa 1900. Appealing carved details Displa...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Arts and Crafts More Desk Accessories

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Oak

Antique English Olivewood Letter or Note Tidy, Artist's Palettes, circa 1900
Located in London, GB
A most unusual late Victorian wall-hanging letter or note tidy, perfect for the artist in your life. The carved wood is made from exotic Olivewood with the three hinged compartmen...
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Antique Early 1900s English Late Victorian More Desk Accessories

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Olive

Aldo Tura Goatskin Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy
By Aldo Tura
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning lacquered goatskin and chromed metal cigar ashtray or desk tidy or catchall by Italian designer Aldo Tura, Milano. A beautiful 1970s square wooden base with lacquered oxbloo...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Metal

  • Aldo Tura Goatskin Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy
  • Aldo Tura Goatskin Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy
  • Aldo Tura Goatskin Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy
  • Aldo Tura Goatskin Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy
H 2.56 in. W 6.5 in. D 6.5 in.
Set of 2 Wooden and Brass Desk Tidies, Italian, circa 1970
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This set of 2 desk tidies are made of wooden and brass. They are Italian, circa 1970. They can be sold separately.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Brass

Set of 2 Wooden and Brass Desk Tidies, Italian, circa 1970
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This set of 2 desk tidies are made of wooden and brass. They are Italian, circa 1970. They can be sold separately.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Brass

Jacques Adnet Leather and Cork Glass Ashtray Catchall Desk Tidy
By Jacques Adnet
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stylish 1950s, modernist leather, and cork, glass ashtray, catchall or desk tidy by Jacques Adnet (1901-1984). Signature Adnet contrast black leather belt with a thick cork holder. M...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Cork, Leather, Glass

Charming Cold Painted Bronze Dog "Vide Poche" / Desk Tidy, circa 1910
Located in London, GB
A fabulous antique desk tidy or "Vide Poche" (empty pocket); the base made for a circular polished piece of Onyx. The four wonderful Austrian cold painted bronze dogs are an adora...
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Vintage 1910s Austrian Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Onyx

1950s English Modular Minty Oxford Vintage Stacking Legal Bookcase Desk Tidy
By Minty of Oxford
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning vintage Minty oxford stacking library bookcase with desk tidy section. A good looking and well made piece, supplied the greatest s...
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Mahogany

Art Deco Geometric Faceted Glass Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning large Art Deco 1940s geometric glass cigar ashtray or desk tidy or vide-poche. Extra thick crystal clear glass slab with deep geometric carved faceting and beveling all arou...
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco More Desk Accessories

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Glass

1970s Black and Pink Marble Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy Catchall
Located in Atlanta, GA
Spectacular large 1970s Italian modernist marble cigar ashtray, desk tidy, vide poche, or catchall. Extra thick marble slab with a striped pattern, and black and pink color stone. No...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Marble

1970s Black and Pink Marble Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy Catchall
Located in Atlanta, GA
Spectacular large 1970s Italian modernist marble cigar ashtray, desk tidy, vide poche, or catchall. Extra thick marble slab with a checkerboard pattern, and black and pink color ston...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Marble

Lumax Nevada Glass Desk Tidy Catchall Ashtray by Le Corbusier
By Lumax, Le Corbusier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely 1950s Industrial thick molded glass desktop accessory catchall, desk tidy or ashtray manufactured by Lumax, France. Original design by Le Corbusier, this model named "Nevada" ...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Glass

Jean Luce French Art Deco Copper Mirror Glass Ashtray Desk Tidy
By Jean Luce
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely Art Deco 1930s mirrored ashtray, desk tidy, vide-poche, or catchall by French designer Jean Luce (1895 - 1964). Square shape with thick copper or pink peach mirrored glass sla...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco More Desk Accessories

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Mirror, Glass

Designed by Le Corbusier for Lumax Glass Desk Tidy Ashtray Catchall
By Lumax, Le Corbusier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Industrial thick molded glass desktop accessory catchall, or desk tidy or ashtray manufactured by Lumax, France. Original design by Le Corbusier. Engraved marking on the side reads "...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Glass

Designed by Le Corbusier for Lumax 1950s Nevada Molded Glass Desk Tidy Ashtray
By Lumax, Le Corbusier
Located in Atlanta, GA
1950s Industrial thick molded glass desktop accessory, desk tidy or cigar ashtray manufactured by Lumax, France. Original design by Le Corbusier, this model named 'Nevada' was used b...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Glass

Designed by Le Corbusier for Lumax 1950s Nevada Molded Glass Desk Tidy Ashtray
By Lumax, Le Corbusier
Located in Atlanta, GA
1950s Industrial thick molded glass desktop accessory, desk tidy or cigar ashtray manufactured by Lumax, France. Original design by Le Corbusier, this model named 'Nevada' was used b...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Glass

Designed by Le Corbusier for Lumax 1950s Nevada Molded Glass Desk Tidy Ashtray
By Lumax, Le Corbusier
Located in Atlanta, GA
1950s Industrial thick molded glass desktop accessory, desk tidy or cigar ashtray manufactured by Lumax, France. Original design by Le Corbusier, this model named 'Nevada' was used b...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Glass

French Art Deco Copper Mirror Glass Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy by Jean Luce, 1930s
By Jean Luce
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rare Art Deco mirrored cigar ashtray or desk tidy or vide-poche by French designer Jean Luce, circa 1930s. Square shape with thick copper or peach mirrored glass slab with sanded and...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco More Desk Accessories

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Glass

French Art Deco Copper Mirror Glass Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy by Jean Luce, 1930s
By Jean Luce
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rare Art Deco mirrored cigar ashtray or desk tidy or vide poche by French designer Jean Luce, circa 1930s. Square shape with thick copper or peach mirrored glass slab with sanded and...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco More Desk Accessories

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Glass

French Modernist Glass Cigar Ashtray Tidy Desk Accessory, 1950s
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning large midcentury modernist glass cigar ashtray or desk tidy or vide poche. Extra thick handmade crystal clear glass, rounded shape with blown bubble insert in the middle. M...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Glass

Antique Double Ink Well, English, Mahogany, Desk Tidy, Aesthetic Period, 1880
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique double ink well. An English, ebonized mahogany desk tidy from the Aesthetic period, dating to the late 19th century, circa 1880. Quality desk apparatus with dar...
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Antique Late 19th Century British Late Victorian Inkwells

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Mahogany

Christian Dior Silver Plate Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy Catchall
By Christian Dior, Dior Home
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant Christian Dior, Paris modernist large cigar ashtray or desk accessory. This silverplate sophisticated catchall features an iconic streamlined design with clean lines. Marked ...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Silver Plate, Metal

Large Porcelain Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy by KARE Design, Germany
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning large white porcelain cigar ashtray by KARE Design, Germany. Silver modernist geometric design on large square shape. Marked underside. Excellent vintage condition. This is ...
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1990s German Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Porcelain

Christian Dior Modernist Silver Plate Large Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy Catchall
By Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant Christian Dior, Paris modernist large cigar ashtray or desk accessory. This silver plate sophisticated catchall features iconic streamline design with clean lines. Marked und...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Silver Plate

Christian Dior Modernist Silver Plate Large Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy Catchall
By Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant Christian Dior, Paris modernist large cigar ashtray or desk accessory. This silver plate sophisticated catchall features iconic streamline design with clean lines. Marked und...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Silver Plate

Desk Tidy For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal desk tidy for your home. A desk tidy — often made from glass, metal and wood — can elevate any home. There are many kinds of the desk tidy you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 19th Century to those made as recently as the 20th Century. When you’re browsing for the right desk tidy, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco and Victorian styles are of considerable interest. Le Corbusier, Lumax and Christian Dior each produced at least one beautiful desk tidy that is worth considering.

How Much is a Desk Tidy?

Prices for a desk tidy start at $85 and top out at $5,309 with the average selling for $595.

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