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Mid-Century Modern Lacquered Goat Skin and Brass Ice Bucket by Aldo Tura



This elegant and dramatic ice bucket was realized by the esteemed Mid-Century Modern designer Aldo Tura in Italy, circa 1970. It features a cylindrical body that tapers to each end with a slightly inset neck in patinated brass with a circular top and a cylindrical button handle in polished brass. A curved tubular handle also in polished brass attaches to the sides of the bucket via orbital rivets. There is a sticker on the walnut lined base of the piece reading "TU Milano Italia", which was Tura's proprietary stamp. With its luxe materials and clean modernist lines, this ice bucket promises to add a touch of glamour to any bar that it graces. It is in excellent vintage condition. Italy, circa 1970. Dimensions: 15.5" height x 8" diameter.


  • Creator
    Aldo Tura (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 15.5 in. (39.37 cm)Diameter: 8 in. (20.32 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1970
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU793414901681

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About the Designer

Aldo Tura

One of the most enigmatic and polarizing figures to emerge in Italian design, Aldo Tura is an outlier in the world of mid-century furniture. The designer’s glamorous bar carts, coffee tables, cabinets and more resist categorization and draw inspiration from Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Baroque, Surrealist and modernist styles.Tura moved through distinct phases in his career in terms of aesthetics, influences and finishes, rendering his life’s work exciting and diverse. Despite these phases, he held a singular devotion to one material: lacquered goatskin. Tura established a furniture production house in 1939 in Lombardy, and some of his early work focused on tables, decorative lamps and more. He later expanded to bar furnishings like rolling carts, cabinets and complementary barware accessories like ice buckets and cocktail shakers. The eccentric, gleaming and luxe surface of lacquered goatskin was a constant, along with eggshell, parchment and leather.By the 1950s, Tura had begun to use hand-painted figural panels on the surface of cabinets, serveware (such as carafes) and other pieces. He even replicated famous works by artists like Monet and Bruegel the Elder and art from the Middle Ages, sometimes playfully embedding the paintings on cabinets shaped like oversize books. Even though he had a favored color palette of rich chocolate browns and deep emeralds, his style remained consistently hard to define.Tura was unlike most of his Italian contemporaries but held a similar reverence for the nation’s traditional craftsmanship and artisanal techniques. He never followed the growing trend of mass-produced, industrial furniture and stuck to creating small, meticulously handcrafted collections. This principled choice means that today, a Tura piece is a rare and highly coveted collectible. The Tura firm continues to operate in Brianza, promoting Italian craftsmanship and the eclectic materials embraced by their namesake designer.Find authentic vintage Aldo Tura furniture today on 1stDibs.
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