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Sources for the list of forms and typesEdit

Are there references to show that categorizing and classifying desks really has no authoritative or generally accepted method as this article asserts? Bwithh Join Up! See the World! 02:12, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

Sure, all you have to do is look up two or three desk forms in two or three of the printed reference volumes below. The bigger ones discuss the name variations in length. In writing or starting off (many of the articles in the list were heavily edited and enroiched by other contributors, the "richest" one of them being the Bureau du Roi one) that list page and all the articles in it (save one which was started by somebody else)

The way I understand it Original Research is when you present your own analysis of information, taken form sources like manuscripts, interviews and the study of objects. In wiritng that list page or in my contributions to to the other desk articles I've never consulted a single manuscript or done a single interview or studied a single desk . I've used nothing but printed books and furniture catalogs (some of them Web based) and I've come up with no original conclusions.


  • 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.
Your understanding of original research is incorrect, but that is beside the point - which is that it appears that there isn't a canonical method of categorizing and classifying desks generally accepted across the field. You've created one from whole cloth (and thus constitutes original research). No useful (professional) list would include your clumsy formulation of 'forms and types' - as the words are virtually synonyms in the way they are used here. (talk) 04:04, 25 June 2009 (UTC)
A the time it was the only useful way to regroup them. Now that the tagging system is fully operational the list is redundant, so yes, the whole page could be erased. --AlainV (talk) 21:56, 26 June 2009 (UTC)

Information DeskEdit

Someone used the term "information desk" on one Wikipedia page. Maybe some kind of entry or redirection page for that entry?--MurderWatcher1 (talk) 17:31, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

An information desk is not a physical entity. It's a concept used (in Library Science and Information Science) to describe a point of service for patrons of libraries or of information services. It's also called a Library reference desk in a lot of libraires. It could be located at a physical desk but it could also be just a phone number or an Internet chat or email address leading to some librarian (or other informative person) who is doing telework from home. They could be in bed or at their kitchen table! I don't know how to make a redirect but also I am not sure if one is warranted here. It isn't as if there were also a physical desk form commonly known as an information desk. --AlainV (talk) 02:40, 19 December 2008 (UTC)

Addition of photographs and descriptionsEdit

I would like to add a grid format to this article, similar to List of hitch knots.WikiTryHardDieHard (talk) 04:31, 16 November 2013 (UTC)


I've got a desk I can't find. The Malian drawer lock is a eagle patent in 1885 or 86. The left hand side has fake drawers that is actually a small door. The right hand side is three drawers that lock by the closing of the middle drawer. On the left hand side is a unmarked trolley style metal device that rolls from the front to the back. I believe its unpatented device that was being built to handle the type writer. I can't tell If its the actuall prototype or just one that got over looked. The desk has r4 legs in nav and 2 legs in front. All drawers are dove tail style and slide on wood runners or guides. Is love to have someone tell me more on this desk. I've refinished it to over 90 % completion Jwseljer (talk) 10:18, 26 February 2019 (UTC)