In the true sense of the word, desk's or ‘deske’ were only first trul mentioned in 1450, not evolving until the 17th century into what we know today.Up until this point, writing was considered something mainly confined to the church or nobility. Performed upon a simple oak sloping box, no larger than 3ft in width, which stored the Scribes tools and being fully portable. After the restoration of the monasteries, walnut became the favoured wood of choice, overtaking oak. This brought in the adaptation of the slope, to that of a piece, accompanied with a base.Therefore the sloping surface, gave way to one with its own stand. First as a non-fixed item and then subsequently as a joined piece. Theses were known as Clerks desks and Bureau desks. In fact the term ‘bureau’ was at this point souly given to that of a description for a writing piece of furniture. The desks’ design has also been influenced by the continent, in the 1660’s a Bureau Table version, supported by two turned back legs and four front, two of which swung out, with leaves created gate leg style.Then in the 17th Century a Cylinder and Tambour roll-up desk arrived with their rounded lids that neatly rolled back and concealed into the main body. All of these components are used in the subsequent designs from there in.
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