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Carlo Bugatti Furniture

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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Creator: Carlo Bugatti
Rare & One of kind Hall console table & Mirror by Carlo Bugatti, inlaid detail
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 French Carlo Bugatti Furniture

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Copper, Pewter

Early 20th Century Ladies Small Throne Chair, with vellum seat, carved wood
By Carlo Bugatti
Located in Shrewsbury, GB
A stunning Carlo Bugatti Lady's Throne Chair. The Lady's Throne Chair consists of highly decorated wood inlaid with pewter and white wood in Bugatti's signature organic designs; beat...
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Early 20th Century Italian Carlo Bugatti Furniture

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Copper, Pewter

19th Century Italian Display Cabinet By Carlo Bugatti c.1890
By Carlo Bugatti
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
An exceptionally rare 19th Century display cabinet by the distinguished Carlo Bugatti, a prominent Italian designer celebrated for his influential contributions to the Art Nouveau mo...
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20th Century Italian Victorian Carlo Bugatti Furniture

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Copper

Carlo Bugatti Mirrored Hall/Hat Stand with Mother of Pearl, Silver, & Bone Inlay
By Carlo Bugatti
Located in New York, NY
Italian Art Nouveau narrow hall / hatrack stand having a walnut & ebonized wood frame with pewter & pearl inlay and a shaped inset full-length mirror,with elaborate columns and cente...
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20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Carlo Bugatti Furniture

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Metal, Silver

Carlo Bugatti Parchment Mirror
By Carlo Bugatti
Located in New York, NY
Stunning Carlo Bugatti Parchment Mirror with Shelf. Italy, circa 1890. Mahogany, ebonized woods, brass, pewter, and parchment foliage motifs.
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Carlo Bugatti Furniture

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Brass, Pewter

Carlo Bugatti Parchment Side Table
By Carlo Bugatti
Located in New York, NY
Stunning Carlo Bugatti parchment side table. Italy, circa 1890. Mahogany, ebonized woods, brass, pewter, parchment with birds and foliage motifs.
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Late 19th Century Italian Gothic Antique Carlo Bugatti Furniture

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Brass, Pewter

Rare and Important Orientalist Corner Cabinet by Carlo Bugatti
By Carlo Bugatti
Located in Montreal, QC
Important and rare cabinet by Carlo Bugatti, (1856-1940) . This exceptional cabinet of asymmetrical design is made of intricately carved and ebonized walnut inlaid with pewter, bone and copper, partially covered with parchment. It is fitted with drawers, shelves and multiple display cabinets.The central section features three orientalist scenes ink on vellum .Carlo Bugatti was a famous designer active at the turn of the century. His pieces are rare and highly prized. He was the father of Rembrandt Bugatti who was a renowned sculptor, his work is also highly valuable and very rare since he died at 32. Ettore...
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Early 1900s Italian Art Nouveau Antique Carlo Bugatti Furniture

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Wood

Rare and Important Orientalist Console Table & Mirror by Carlo Bugatti
By Carlo Bugatti
Located in Montreal, QC
Rare and important Orientalist console table and mirror by Carlo Bugatti (Italian,1856-1940). This elegant Moorish design is made of intricately carved and ebonized walnut inlaid with pewter, bone and copper, partially covered with parchment. The upper part featuring an arched mirror plate flanked by a pair of turned metal decorated columns surmounted by a gallery top inset with bone and carved finials.The lower part of the console table is beautifully fitted with three hanging tassels that extend over a vellum panel illustrated with a scene of ibises over pewter inlaid calligraphy designs.Carlo Bugatti was a famous designer active at the turn of the century. His pieces are rare and highly prized. He was the father of Rembrandt Bugatti who was a renowned sculptor, his work is also highly valuable and very rare since he died at 32. Ettore Bugatti...
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Early 1900s Italian Art Nouveau Antique Carlo Bugatti Furniture

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Wood

Carlo Bugatti Pewter Inlaid and Walnut Upholstered Armchair
By Carlo Bugatti
Located in Montreal, QC
Walnut chair by Carlo Bugatti decorated with pewter and brass inlay and embossed copper, with period leather upholstery. Literature: Carlo-Rembrandt-Ettore-Jean Bugatti, Dejean, pg. ...
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Early 1900s Italian Art Nouveau Antique Carlo Bugatti Furniture

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Walnut

Late 19th Century Large Full Length Key Hole Mirror by Carlo Bugatti
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 families from around the world. including such amazing one of a kind example such as this important and rare majestic Carlo Bugatti Keyhole Mirror...
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20th Century Italian Carlo Bugatti Furniture

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Copper

Late 19th Century Pair of Circular Throne Chairs by Carlo Bugatti, Vellum
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 Furniture

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Copper, Pewter

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 Furniture

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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 around 1900, it’s a rectangular walnut occasional or centre table, partly ebonized, with floral inlays made of pewter, the legs partially covered with copper sheet, the tabletop covered with goatskin, this table was exhibited at the Musee d'Orsay, Paris, 2001 Carlo Bugatti (2 February 1856-April 1940) was an Italian decorator, designer and manufacturer of Art Nouveau furniture, models of jewelry, and musical instruments. Bugatti was born 2 February 1856 in Milan, in what would remain until 1859 the kingdom of Lombardy: he died in Molsheim, France. Biography: Son of Giovanni Luigi Bugatti, a specialist in interior decoration, Carlo studied firstly at the Brera Academy in Milan, and subsequently, from 1875, at the Académie des Beaux Arts in Paris. In 1880 he started to manufacture furniture in Milan, later transferring to France. From 1888 he began to be successful beyond Italy. Nevertheless, till 1904 he maintained a Milan workshop in the city's Via Castelfiardo 6. He was also, like his father, trained as an architect, but there is no evidence that any of his architectural designs were ever executed. He triumphed at the exhibition of decorative art in Turin in 1902 and returned to Paris in 1904. Father of sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti and automobile manufacturer Ettore Bugatti, he moved in 1910 to Pierrefonds where he established an atelier. From 1914-1918 he was nominated mayor of the village, and the outspoken anti-German industrialist Adolphe Clément-Bayard, who lived at the Domaine du Bois d'Aucourt, entrusted its upkeep to him. From then on, he devoted himself entirely to painting. After the suicide of his son Rembrandt in 1916, Bugatti, then 60, produced less, but he remained influential. In 1935, at the age of 79, he retired near his son Ettore's family in Alsace. He settled in a flat north of Château Saint-Jean, Dorlisheim, with his wife Teresa (who died shortly afterwards), at the domain of promotion of Bugatti property of his son Ettore. He spent his last months at his apartment at the Bugatti factory in Molsheim, where he frequented the workmen and the house of 'the Hardtmühle', living with Ettore and his family. In April 1940, he died at the hospital in Molsheim. He is buried in the Bugatti family cemetery at Dorlisheim. The Bugatti section of Molsheim's municipal Musée de la Chartreuse displays...
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Early 1900s Italian Art Nouveau Antique Carlo Bugatti Furniture

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Goatskin, Walnut

Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940), chair, wood, parchment and copper, circa 1900, Italy.
By Carlo Bugatti
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940), decorative chair, wood, parchment and copper, circa 1900, Italy. Height 79 cm, seat height 35 cm, width 51 cm, depth 51 cm.
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Early 1900s Italian Modern Antique Carlo Bugatti Furniture

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Copper

Carlo Bugatti 19th Century rare Three Seater Sofa, Japanese, Moorish, Islamic
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 families from around the world, including this truly Magnificent sofa which until recently was held in the Rothschild home, Bedfordshire England. The attention to detail is truly Bugatti at his best, this work of art is composed of two curule chairs being joined by a lovers bench...
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20th Century European Carlo Bugatti Furniture

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Pewter, Copper

Carlo Bugatti, Small Writing Desk, Italy, circa 1900
By Carlo Bugatti
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940), A wall writing desk, circa 1900, satined wood structure, steel, marquetery, embossed copper highlights, wood and steell bones friezes. Wall-mounted writin...
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Early 1900s Italian Mid-Century Modern Antique Carlo Bugatti Furniture

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Metal

Rare Oak and Parchment Chair by Carlo Bugatti
By Carlo Bugatti
Located in Montreal, QC
Rare oak and parchment chair by Carlo Bugatti han painted with birds and leaves motifs. Marked to underside ‘Mobili Brevettat Bugatti. Italy: circa 1904 Carlo Bugatti was a famous designer active at the turn of the century. His pieces are rare and highly prized. He was the father of Rembrandt Bugatti who was a renowned sculptor, his work is also highly valuable and very rare since he died at 32. Ettore...
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Early 1900s Italian Art Nouveau Antique Carlo Bugatti Furniture

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Oak

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Carlo Bugatti furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Carlo Bugatti furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Carlo Bugatti furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Carlo Bugatti were created in the Art Nouveau style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by and Carlo Zen. Prices for Carlo Bugatti furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $24,410 and can go as high as $185,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $48,691.

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