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Carlo Bugatti

Italian, 1856-1940

Imaginative, bold and full of poetic details, the work of Carlo Bugatti pushed the boundaries of the Art Nouveau style. The Italian furniture designer and decorative artist’s celebrated chairs, tables and other pieces are representative of a range of influences that include European Gothic, Moorish traditions and classical Japanese art. Bugatti’s appetite for experimentation with new forms and materials has fueled the imaginations of designers everywhere.

Bugatti was born in 1856 in Milan. The son of successful interior decorator, sculptor and architect Giovanni Bugatti, Carlo set out to follow in his father’s footsteps, studying architecture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera and working as a cabinetmaker. He moved to Paris in 1875 to continue his studies in design at the prestigious Academie des Beaux-Arts. By the early 1880s, Bugatti had moved back to Milan to continue his career in furniture design.

Antique Bugatti seating, center tables and other large furnishings are visually striking in their level of ornamentation. These works feature hand-carved motifs and were frequently inlaid with luxury materials such as mother-of-pearl, ebony and brass — his distinctive Throne chair (ca. 1900), for example, featured pierced copper and vellum. Detailed themes rooted in nature, stencils and geometric patterns adorn his venturesome decorative screens and handcrafted mahogany and walnut chairs and tables.

In 1888, the designer displayed his work publicly for the first time, showcasing pieces at the Industrial Arts Exhibition in Milan and later at the Italian Exhibition in London. His flamboyant furniture led to his becoming an overnight success among members of the aristocracy, who flooded him with commissions to design custom furniture for their homes. In 1904, Bugatti and his family moved to France, where designed furniture for department stores such as Maison Dufayel and Le Bon Marché. His two sons also pursued work in design — Rembrandt Bugatti became a noted sculptor while Ettore gained renown as a leading automobile designer and manufacturer.

Although his furniture became increasingly subdued in appearance over the years — and he would eventually begin to design serveware and jewelry — Bugatti garnered acclaim throughout his career. He received an award at the 1900 Paris Exposition and exhibited interiors and a furniture collection at the inaugural International Exposition of Modern Decorative Arts in Turin, Italy, in 1902. Today, Bugatti’s work remains on permanent display at the Musée de la Chartreuse in Molsheim, France.

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$16,438
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Late 19th Century Carlo Bugatti Large Centre Table with Vellum & Beaten Copper
By Carlo Bugatti
Located in Shrewsbury, GB
A large Centre Carlo Bugatti table with the most beautiful intricate decorations. Within the highly stylised decoration you can see many cultural references and inspirations - Mooris...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Carlo Bugatti

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Copper, Pewter

Important and Rare Original circa 1900 Carlo Bugatti Occasional Table Ebonized
By Carlo Bugatti
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this exceptionally rare and important original circa 1900 Carlo Bugatti occasional table This table is special, designed by Carlo Bugatti, Italy...
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Early 1900s Italian Art Nouveau Antique Carlo Bugatti

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Goatskin, Walnut

Late 19th Century Pair of Circular Throne Chairs by Carlo Bugatti, Vellum,Walnut
By Carlo Bugatti
Located in Shrewsbury, GB
Many of Carlo Bugatti's superior pieces were commissioned by a number of the Royal Houses of Europe, many of the Great Estates of America and some of the most successful families fro...
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Late 19th Century Italian Modern Antique Carlo Bugatti

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Pewter, Copper

Rare Desk and Chair by Carlo Bugatti
By Carlo Bugatti
Located in Montreal, QC
Rare desk and a chair by Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940) all in walnut and ebonized wood, inlaid with pewter, copper and brass, fitted with hammered copper reliefs and silk tassels and u...
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Early 1900s Italian Moorish Antique Carlo Bugatti

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Walnut

  • Rare Desk and Chair by Carlo Bugatti
  • Rare Desk and Chair by Carlo Bugatti
  • Rare Desk and Chair by Carlo Bugatti
  • Rare Desk and Chair by Carlo Bugatti
H 52.75 in. W 27 in. D 20.25 in.
Carlo Bugatti, Small Writing Desk, Italy, circa 1900
By Carlo Bugatti
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940), Small writing desk, Bone marquetry, metal, parchment and rope inclusion, Italy, circa 1900. Measures: Height 61 can width 36 cm, depth 17 cm. Carlo Bug...
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Early 1900s Italian Mid-Century Modern Antique Carlo Bugatti

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Metal

Carlo Bugatti 19th Century Three Seater Sofa, Japanese, Moorish,Islamic,European
By Carlo Bugatti
Located in Shrewsbury, GB
Many of Carlo Bugatti's superior pieces were commissioned by a number of the Royal Houses of Europe, some of the Great Estates of America and Europe and some of the most successful f...
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20th Century European Carlo Bugatti

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Copper, Pewter

Original Carlo Bugatti Tea Table, Sewing Table, Cabinet, Late 19th Century
By Carlo Bugatti
Located in Baambrugge, NL
This unique tea table / sewing table is from the well-known designer Carlo Bugatti. Carlo Bugatti was a prominent Italian designer. Best known for his associations and contributio...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Carlo Bugatti

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Brass, Pewter

Carlo Bugatti Italian Art Deco Mahogany and Copper Fringed Throne Chair
By Carlo Bugatti
Located in New York, NY
Italian Art Deco mahogany and walnut throne chair with decorative pewter and brass inlay, applied and embossed copper roundels, calfskin vellum seat with brown upholstered seat cushi...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Deco Carlo Bugatti

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Walnut

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Carlo Bugatti furniture for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs - Carlo Bugatti furniture is available for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Carlo Bugatti furniture there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 12 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original furniture by Carlo Bugatti were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Art Nouveau style. Many customers also consider furniture by Carlo Zen, Salvatore Leone and Charles Rennie Mackintosh if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Carlo Bugatti furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$8,500 and tops out at US$95,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$33,107 on average.

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