The original Carlton House desk was ordered for an 18th-century building in London. This is a 20th-century copy that recently auctioned for $660. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.)

The original Carlton House desk was ordered for an 18th-century building in London. This is a 20th-century copy that recently auctioned for $660. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.)

Carlton House desk was named for a favored London palace

An early 19th-century reproduction of the table sells today for $6,000 to $10,000.

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