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Desk Accessories For Sale
Art Deco Sterling Silver and Deep Pink Enamel-Mounted Magnifying Glass
Located in New York, NY
Art Deco, sterling silver and deep pink guilloche enamel-mounted magnifying glass, Birmingham, England, 1921, H. Matthews - maker. Measures 7 1/4 inches long x 3 1/8 inches diameter ...
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1920s English Art Deco Vintage Desk Accessories

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Sterling Silver, Enamel

21st Century Concrete Cement Mirror Tray Centrepiece Handmade in White Color
Located in Rome, Lazio
Renzo in a family of multipurpose trays with a very smooth surface and soft curved edges, now available in a different color composition. Each piece is a unique, no two are the same....
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2010s Italian Modern Desk Accessories

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Concrete

21st Century Concrete Cement Renzo Tray Centrepiece Handmade Dark Grey Color
Located in Rome, Lazio
Renzo in a family of multipurpose trays with a very smooth surface and soft curved edges, now available in a different color composition. Each piece is a unique, no two are the same....
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2010s Italian Modern Desk Accessories

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Concrete

Bronze Tape Dispenser by Henry Wilson
Located in Geneve, CH
The Bronze Tape Dispenser is a hefty piece of stationery. It is cast in solid gunmetal bronze with machined teeth. Fits standard scotch tape rolls. It is rumble finished for a smooth...
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2010s Australian Modern Desk Accessories

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Bronze

Large Pedro Friedeburg Silver Leaf Hand Foot Sculpture with COA, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredible hand foot sculpture by Pedro Friedeburg (signed underneath) includes a certificate of authenticity by LOS CONTEMPORÁNEOS, more details below about this significant hi...
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20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Desk Accessories

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Ceramic

Bing & Grøndahl Art Nouveau Porcelain Place Card Holder Pansy
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grøndahl Art Nouveau Porcelain Place Card Holder Pansy Measures H 5 cm(2 in) Diam 9 cm(3 35/64 in) (Chip).  
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20th Century Art Nouveau Desk Accessories

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Porcelain

Sculpted Gunmetal Bronze Stack Trays by Henry Wilson
Located in Geneve, CH
The stack trays are sold in a set of three that can be used together or individually. Group them on your desk, dining table, or next to the bed. The stack trays are made, polished, a...
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2010s Australian Modern Desk Accessories

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Bronze

Vitange Onix Stone Eggs
By Arte e Decoracoes Fantozzi Ltd.
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful vitange hand carved onix stone egss set of 12 pieces brilliant condition. Measure: 7 to 9 cm each.
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1970s Italian Arts and Crafts Vintage Desk Accessories

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Rock Crystal

Italian Onyx Marble and Brass Column Table Lamp
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A Classic onyx and marble table lamp with brass fluted column and beautiful shade, Italy, 1950s One E27 bulb socket for a large sized bulb up to 100watt, fully functional. Measures...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Desk Accessories

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Onyx, Marble, Brass

Architectural Sculpture by Sottsass for Ultima Edizione, Italy 1986
Located in London, GB
Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) was an Italian architect and designer during the 20th century. He is perhaps most celebrated as the founder of the Memphis Group, famous for its colourful...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Desk Accessories

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Marble

Royal Worchester Inkwell
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 1900 inkwell attributed to Royal Worchester. Not signed. Hand painted. Birds, flowers, and enamel highlights. Made in England. Please note of wear consistent with age.
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Early 1900s English Antique Desk Accessories

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Porcelain

Architectural Sculpture by Sottsass for Ultima Edizione, Italy 1986
Located in London, GB
Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) was an Italian architect and designer during the 20th century. He is perhaps most celebrated as the founder of the Memphis Group, famous for its colourful...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Desk Accessories

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Marble

“Revolve” No.S3 'made to order' - Contemporary Handmade Stucco Sculpture
Located in Holte, DK
“Revolve” – No. S3 This is made in a limited edition of only 5 pieces + 1 AP The five sculptures are made in five different colors, making them all truly one of a kind. The piece in...
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2010s Danish Modern Desk Accessories

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Cast Stone

Vintage Single Inkwell, Antler Base, European 1930, B2813
Located in Vancouver, BC
Vintage Single Inkwell, Antler Base, European 1930, B2813 European 1930 Silver Plated Inkwell With Lid Pen Holder To The Front B2813 Measures: 4"W x 3"D x 3.5"H.
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1930s European Vintage Desk Accessories

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Silver

Seguso Vetri D'Arte Poli Murano Sommerso Italian Art Glass Squirrel Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful, rare, and cute vintage Murano hand blown Sommerso green Italian art glass squirrel figure / sculpture. Documented to designer Flavio Poli for the Seguso Vetri d'Arte compa...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desk Accessories

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso

Rare Art Deco Period Bakelite Desk Thermometer, English circa 1920s
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a rare Art Deco period Desk Thermometer in Bakelite, made by British Rototherm, London and marked Mcnab the Dyers, all dating to Circa 1920s. The thermometer is in full wo...
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Early 20th Century English Art Deco Desk Accessories

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Bakelite, Glass

Antique Glass & Sterling Silver Bird Decanter by Asprey London, 1892
Located in London, GB
A rare antique glass & sterling silver bird decanter for dispensing angostura bitters by Asprey London 1892. This rare antique glass and sterling silver bird decanter is excellent...
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Early 19th Century British Antique Desk Accessories

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Sterling Silver

Rare Miniature Gilt Bronze and Enamel Salon
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Rare miniature gilt bronze and enamel salon, consisting of a small sofa, two armchairs, two chairs, a fire screen and a centre table serving as a music box, the enamelled plates are ...
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1880s Austrian Napoleon III Antique Desk Accessories

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Bronze, Enamel

Relic Icosahedron, Geometric White Porcelain Ceramic Small Sculptural Object
Located in Bronx, NY
This sculptural geometric icosahedron is handcrafted from slabs of unglazed white porcelain with highly individual black oxide burnout detailing, giving each of its 20 sides a unique...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desk Accessories

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Porcelain

Jacques Adnet Style Green Leather Picture Frame
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Classic French leather picture frame in the style of Jacques Adnet. Green leather with signature Adnet contrast stitching. Very good vintage condition. Great patina and age to leathe...
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1950s French Vintage Desk Accessories

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Leather

21st Century Concrete Cement Tray Centrepiece Handmade in Italy Perla WhiteColor
Located in Rome, Lazio
Renzo in a family of multipurpose trays with a very smooth surface and soft curved edges, now available in a different color composition. Each piece is a unique, no two are the same....
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2010s Italian Modern Desk Accessories

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Concrete

Antique French Empire Style Ink Stand, Desk Inkwell, France 1880, B2276y
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique French Empire style ink stand, desk inkwell, France 1880, B2276y France 1880 Floral mounts to the back Gilt pierced three quarter gallery on top Pair of gilt inkwells w...
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1880s French Empire Antique Desk Accessories

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Brass

Vintage Brass Inkwell, Silver Plated, Scotland, 1940
Located in Vancouver, BC
Vintage brass inkwell, silver plated, Scotland 1940, B2823 Scotland 1940 Brass and silver plated Lift up lid Glass liner Measures: 3.25" x 3.25" x 3.25" H.
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1940s Scottish Vintage Desk Accessories

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Brass, Silver Plate

Sphere Letter Opener in Bronze
Located in Richmond, VA
Bronze letter Opener knife in 'Sphere' pattern. Features an undulating handle and hammered textured knob on end. Impressed above knob on side of handle: 'IZABEL LAM'. Hand wash recom...
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Late 20th Century American Desk Accessories

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Bronze

Ghidini 1961 Omini Tape Mate in Polished Brass by Stefano Giovannoni
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Scotch holder in brass Omini is a family of products that plays on the inclusion and the relationship between the human figure with a series of monolithic objects from geometric and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

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Brass

Hand-Tooled Italian Style Square Waste Paper Basket
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Handmade waste paper basket Italian style leather-like wast embossed paper basket with gilt decoration. Hand-tooled waste paper basket with gilt coat of arms of the city of Florence...
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20th Century Italian Arts and Crafts Desk Accessories

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Faux Leather

1960s Swissair Chrome Ashtray, Buhler 6491
Located in Antwerp, BE
1960s chrome ashtray for Swissair. This ashtray has an airplane on top which can be turned in a position of choice by the ball joint. It's a Swissair DC8 aeroplane. This vintag...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Modern Desk Accessories

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Chrome

American Victorian Wooden Turned Column Hourglass
Located in New York, NY
American Victorian (19th Century) wooden hourglass with turned spiral column supports and white sand.
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19th Century American Victorian Antique Desk Accessories

Materials

Glass, Wood

Carl Auböck Model #3848 Brass Bookends
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3848 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in polished brass. Price is for the pair. One ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Brass

Paul Stankard Faceted Art Glass Paperweight with Lampwork Forget-Me-Not Flowers
By Paul Stankard
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine Paul Stankard glass faceted paperweight. With lampwork forget-me-not flowers in blues and yellows with green stems and leaves. Bearing a signature cane and etched editio...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Desk Accessories

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Art Glass

Supermarine Spitfire Wooden & Aluminum Airplane Desk Model, Asprey, ca 1940's
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Spitfire wooden & aluminum airplane desk model. Asprey London- ca 1940´s RAF Supermarine spitfire aluminum airplane desk model, mounted over a display stand. Airplane has been comp...
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Desk Accessories

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Aluminum

French 19th Century Metal Inkwell with Caparisoned Indian Elephant and Monkey
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French metal inkwell from the 19th century depicting an Indian caparisoned elephant topped with a monkey. Created in France during the 19th century, this metal inkwell captures our...
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19th Century French Antique Desk Accessories

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Metal

Contemporary Handmade Livia Cetti "Poinsetta" Tissue and Paper Flower, USA
Located in Copenhagen K, DK
Livia Cetti USA, Contemporary Handmade tissue and crepe-paper flower ‘Poinsetta’ made by paper-flower artist Livia Cetti. Cetti has written several books and currently teaches...
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2010s American Desk Accessories

Materials

Paper

Carl Auböck Model #3846 Brass Bookends
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3846 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in polished brass. Price is for the pair. Two ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4982 Patinated Brass Hook
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck brass #5439 patinated brass hook. Designed in the 1950s, this versatile and minimalist Viennese candleholder is executed in polished and patinated brass by Werkstätte Car...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Desk Accessories

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Brass

Chromed Industrial Gear / Wood Bookends
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of chrome plated industrial gear bookends free set into cut out slots in the base of the wooden holders which are finished in satin black. Very heavy and can hold many of the ...
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Desk Accessories

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Steel

Vintage Crystal Ball on Brass Stand with Dragons
Located in Pasadena, CA
Fantastic vintage crystal ball with a single air bubble in the center. It sits on this vintage brass stand adorned with ornamental dragons. 7" Diameter x 7 1/4" height (ball & sta...
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20th Century Desk Accessories

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Crystal, Brass

Peter Shire Expo Vase, 1998
Located in Austin, TX
Expo Vase 1998 in colors of black, blue, pink and green. Peter Shire, a founding member of Sottsass' Memphis Milano Group is an LA-based artist whose work eludes all attempts at cate...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Desk Accessories

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Ceramic, Pottery

Peter Shire Expo Vase, 1980
Located in Austin, TX
Expo vase 1997 in colors of yellow, blue, brick and black. Peter Shire, a founding member of Sottsass' Memphis Milano Group is an LA-based artist whose work eludes all attempts at ca...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Desk Accessories

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Ceramic, Pottery

Cenedese Murano Sommerso Blue Cobalt Bubbles Art Glass Mushroom Paperweight
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown Sommerso light blue, and cobalt blue Italian art glass mushroom / toadstool paperweight. Documented to the Cenedese company. The top has floating ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desk Accessories

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso

Carl Auböck Model #4072/G 'Rooster' Brass Bell
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #4072/G 'Rooster' brass bell. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural bell is executed in polished brass. Price is per item. One in stock ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Brass

LIA Square Brass and Black Steel Valet Tray by Soraya Osorio
Located in Clinton Corners, NY
This handsome valet tray/bowl is versatile as a decorative object or in an entry way to place your daily belongings. A contrast in metals, hand-hammered 4 1/2" round brass top with ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Metal, Brass, Steel

Italian Murano Blue Ashtray or Trinket Dish
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful small and substantial Italian Murano sky blue art glass ashtray or jewelry trinket dish, circa late-20th century, Italy. Great as its intended use (ashtray), as a standal...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Art Glass, Murano Glass

Mid-20th Century Large Black Lacquer Presidential Coin Inlay Tray by Couroc
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Mid-20th century black lacquer, brass, and mahogany wood inlay “Presidential” US coin tray by, Couroc. This coveted and large scale tray features, Black lacquer phenolic plastic with...
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Mid-20th Century American Desk Accessories

Materials

Brass

Bespoke Art Deco Design Italian White Alabaster & Bronze Color Round Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Cosulich interiors in collaboration with Matlight: An Art Deco style organic table or desk lamp with a retro aesthetic, handcrafted in limited series of 10 pieces in Italy. The aerod...
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2010s Italian Organic Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Alabaster, Metal

Carl Auböck Model #3530 'Flatiron' Brass and Cane Bookends
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3530 'Flatiron' brass and cane bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in polished brass and handwove...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Brass

Unusual Mid 19th Century Bronze & Ormolu Inkwell in the Form of Well-Cast Coc
Located in London, GB
An unusual mid 19th Century bronze & ormolu Inkwell in the form of well-cast Cockerel with lifting head, spurs and flamboyant tail feathers, raised on moulded socle.
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Mid-19th Century English Victorian Antique Desk Accessories

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Bronze

Pair of Wood Elephant Bookends
Located in grand Lancy, CH
Pair of wood elephant bookends.
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1930s French Vintage Desk Accessories

Materials

Wood

Vintage Two Tiered Letter Tray in Oak by Peter Pepper Products, circa 1970s
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Vintage two tiered letter tray manufactured by Peter Pepper Products, circa 1970s. Sculpted oak with chrome joinery which compliment each other perfectly.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Wood

Classic Mini Brass Kiss Sculpture by Kelly Wearstler
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Inspired by classic figural sculptures this Classic Mini Kiss is an iconic piece. Cast in a solid brass, the sexy mini kiss makes an ideal gift and perfect for a tabletop or bedside ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Desk Accessories

Materials

Brass

Hand Blown Sculptural Art Glass Paper Weight by Crims of Montreal
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Hand blown art glass paper weight by Crims of Montreal. 2005.
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Glass

Hammock Marble Platter by On.Entropy in White or Brown Desk Accessory of Platter
Located in Athens, GR
This platter is designed as a homogeneous volume, wishing to engage the senses around the plasticity of marble. It is carved off a single piece of marble without joints or seams. H...
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2010s Greek Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Marble

Contemporary Italian Crystal Murano Glass Lips Decorative Art Modern Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
Modern Pop Art sculpture, exclusive for Cosulich Interiors, in blown Murano glass by Alberto Donà Studio, handcrafted in Italy, in the shape of lips, made more realistic by the use o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Organic Modern Desk Accessories

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Art Glass

Io Marble Platter by On.Entropy in White, Green, Brown Modern Desk Accessory
Located in Athens, GR
This platter is designed as a homogeneous volume, wishing to engage the senses around the plasticity of marble. It is carved off a single piece of marble without joints or seams. Io...
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2010s Greek Modern Desk Accessories

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Marble

1980s Plated Brass Bridge Bolts Bookends Paperweights Quirky Vintage Mid-Century
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Brass electroplated Bridge Bolts as bookends or office decor. Each about 5 lbs. and 3.5 wide by 4 inches high. Appropriated objects similar conceptually to the works of the Carl Aubo...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desk Accessories

Materials

Metal

Ghidini 1961 Small Rabbit in Polished Brass by Stefano Giovannoni
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Decorative object in brass "The rabbit is the latest iconic object I have designed. For Ghidini it has turned into a family of precious metal objects: salt and pepper, paperweight ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Brass

Georg Jensen 369 Handcrafted Sterling Silver Money Clip by Søren Georg Jensen
Located in New York, NY
Round contemporary money clip.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Sterling Silver

Børge Mogensen Desk Organizer, Karl Andersson & Söner, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Hägersten, SE
Desk organizer designed by Børge Mogensen. Produced in Sweden by Karl Andersson & Söner during the 1950s. Made from solid light oak with insert boxes in red, white and grey/green pai...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desk Accessories

Materials

Oak

Antique, New and Vintage Desk Accessories

Whether you’ve carved out a space for a nifty home office or you prefer the morning commute, why not dress up your desk with antique and vintage desk accessories? To best tiptoe the line between desk efficiency and desk enjoyment, we suggest adding a touch of the past to your modern-day space.

Desks are a funny thing. Their basic premise has remained the same for quite literally centuries: a flat surface, oftentimes a drawer, and potentially a shelf or two. However, the contents that lay upon the desk? Well, the evolution has been drastic to say the least.

Thank the Victorians for the initial popularity of the paperweight. The Industrial Revolution offered the novel concept of leisure-time to Europeans, giving them more time to take part in the then crucial activity of letter writing. Decorative glass paperweight designs were all the rage, and during the mid-19th-century some of the most popular makers included the French companies of Baccarat, St. Louis and Clichy.

As paper was exceedingly expensive in the early to mid-19th-century, every effort was made to utilize a full sheet of it. Paper knives, which gave way to the modern letter opener, were helpful for cutting paper down to an appropriate size.

Books — those bound volumes of paper, you may recall — used to be common occurrences on desks of yore and where there were books there needed to be bookends. As a luxury item, bookend designs have run the gamut from incorporating ultra-luxurious materials (think marble and Murano glass) to being whimsical desk accompaniments (animal figurines were highly popular choices).

Though the inkwell’s extinction was ushered in by the advent of the ballpoint pen (itself quasi-obsolete at this point), there is still significant charm to be had from placing one of these bauble-like objets in a central spot on one’s desk. You may be surprised to discover the mood-boosting powers an antique — and purposefully empty — inkwell can provide.

The clamor for desk clocks arose as the Industrial Revolution transitioned labor from outdoors to indoors, and allowed for the mass-production of clock parts in factories. Naturally, elaborate designs soon followed and clocks could be found made by artisans and luxury houses like Cartier.

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