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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
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 Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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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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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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Brass, Pewter

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

The Carlo Bugatti case pieces and storage cabinets are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Carlo Bugatti case pieces and storage cabinets there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 4 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original case pieces and storage cabinets by Carlo Bugatti were created in Italy during the early 20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider case pieces and storage cabinets by Melchiorre Bega, Cini Boeri and Dino Gavina. The prices for Carlo Bugatti case pieces and storage cabinets can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $32,375 and tops out at $95,000, while pieces like these can sell for $57,375 on average..

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