In The Expanse series, season 4 episode 10, 37 minutes in, Avasarala is sitting at a desk which looks to be the famed "Resolute Desk" used by current day U.S. presidents. On closer comparison to images of the actual "Resolute Desk", the Expanse desk looks very similar but there are several easily spotted differences (aside from the missing center panel commissioned by FDR to hide his braces and presumed to have been later removed.)

Is the desk in The Expanse used by U.N. General Secretary supposed to be the same desk from U.S. history or is it just a big wood desk?

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    A picture of the desk in the episode would help. The one I found online is definitely not a copy or recreation of the Resolute Desk (carving and structural elements are different), so I'd say it's meant to just be a big wood desk. Commented Feb 11, 2023 at 22:38
  • @Lexible Thanks for adding the image to my post. I wanted to get a screen capture of the show's desk but couldn't access Prime account. I had heard that a second similar desk was constructed from the wood of the HMS Resolute. There is indeed a second desk from HMS Resolute wood... but is completely different in style (open bottom framework, taller, overall much smaller).
    – BradV
    Commented Feb 14, 2023 at 16:40
  • Oh! I did not add the image (I think @DoscoJones did). My contributions were the link to the Wikipedia article, and some minor orthographic editing. :) <3
    – Lexible
    Commented Feb 15, 2023 at 0:55
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    @DoscoJones thanks!
    – BradV
    Commented Feb 15, 2023 at 6:30
  • @BradV No worries Commented Feb 15, 2023 at 17:33

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It does not look at all the same, even accounting for the middle panel.

Obama at Resolute desk

It's not the same desk.

  • There could be some inspiration there. It's not some futuristic sci-fi desk, it is carved wood and about as ornate as the real thing. But yes, obviously not the same and not intended to be the same. Commented Feb 12, 2023 at 4:44

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