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Carlo Bugatti Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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
Large Carlo Bugatti Library, 19th Century
By Carlo Bugatti
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Large Carlo Bugatti bookcase, 19th Century, Wood, Bone, Copper and Parchment Marquetry. Large late 19th century or early 20th century Carlo Bugatti bookcase in wood, bone, copper an...
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19th Century French Art Nouveau Antique Carlo Bugatti Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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19th Century Italian Display Cabinet By Carlo Bugatti c.1890
By Carlo Bugatti
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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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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 Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Carlo Bugatti case pieces and storage cabinets for sale on 1stDibs.

Carlo Bugatti case pieces and storage cabinets 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 case pieces and storage cabinets, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original case pieces and storage cabinets by Carlo Bugatti were created in the Art Nouveau style in italy during the early 1900s. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider case pieces and storage cabinets by Piero Fornasetti, Ugo La Pietra, and Arredamenti Borsani. Prices for Carlo Bugatti case pieces and storage cabinets 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 $30,189.

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