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Bugatti Chair Carlo Bugatti Walnut and Copper Side Chair Italian Signed, 1900

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Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940) side chair made from walnut with embossed copper and pewter inlay, velum seat and back painted with stylized flora with original silk tassels, circa 1900. Background: Carlo Bugatti was an Italian furniture designer most active in the Art Nouveau era, circa 1900. His eclectic, striking designs are unlike any others and are immediately recognizable. Our era is so concerned with good taste and Classic design — it's nice to take a peek at the bizarre and fabulous work of the past. Artists and designers were seeking a new kind of design, one that was properly modern and new while still resting on sound design principles, circa turn of the 20th century. The Industrial revolution was essentially complete, but the factories' output was little more than a rehashing of previous styles and trends. Forward-looking designers looked to pre-Industrial and non-Western cultures for a 'new,' pure visual vocabulary, one untainted by the exigencies of machine manufacture. Of course, these artists were still looking to the past, but it was a foreign, exotic past, and they were trying to use these other cultures as inspiration, not for imitation. The most influential 'foreign' cultures at the time were the Gothic era (the past as foreign), Japan, and the Islamic World. Like many designers of his era, Carlo Bugatti turned to these three influences in his own work. But he combined them and transformed them in a totally unique way, somehow avoiding the rather obvious orientalizing tendencies of some of his peers. When the Queen of Italy commended Bugatti on his "Mooresque" work in 1902, he cheekily responded, "You are mistaken, Majesty, this style is mine!" Today, the name Bugatti is immediately associated with the French carmaker: Carlo’s firstborn, Ettore, founded it in Molsheim, in 1909. His other son, Rembrandt, became a famous sculptor. A family with creativity and talent in its blood,  Early 20th century Rare Carlo Bugatti Side chair Walnut Copper Pewter Investment Practical and beautiful.

Details

  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions
    H 40 in. x W 16 in. x D 20 in.H 101.6 cm x W 40.64 cm x D 50.8 cm
  • Seat Height
    16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Longdon, GB
  • Reference Number
    LU1832313553772
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