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John Salterini

Italian, 1928-1952

While John B. Salterini designed ornate wrought-iron garden furniture for patios and lawns, he specifically sought to match the forms of indoor furniture and also advocated the use of his furniture indoors “because it brings into your home the freshness and gaiety of a flowery summer garden” (per his print advertisements).

After emigrating from Italy to New York, Salterini worked in journalism at first, editing a newspaper in Syracuse. When he moved to New York City, he worked in glass manufacturing and then entered into the production of wrought-iron furniture as a partner in Salterini & Gallo. When that company shuttered, he launched his own eponymous firm in 1934, eventually offering some of the most exquisite, high-end outdoor furniture of the mid-century period.

Over the course of his career, Salterini designed a wide range of furniture, from tables and chairs to chaise longues, ottomans and benches. And his influences were equally wide as well. His work is often identified as mid-century modern — the Clamshell line, designed for Salterini’s company by like-minded Italian architect and industrial designer Maurizio Tempestini, boasts soft curves and cocoon-like shells that strike a sharp contrast with the solidity of wrought iron and resemble the zany chair designs emerging during the postwar period from designers like Pierre Paulin and Arne Jacobsen.

The furniture from John B. Salterini Company also combined organic and geometric forms, one of the mid-century design movement’s defining features. But Salterini was equally influenced by the Gothic Revival and Art Deco movements, incorporating their signature flourishes like intricate lace-like patterns, delicate vine leaves and protruding scrolls into his French Provincial Group’s glass-topped tables and chairs. One of his most ornate and ostentatious designs is the Peacock double chaise longue, with its elaborate spokes and arching back.

The postwar boom in prosperity and leisure time led to the expansion of the home to include patios, which needed to be furnished with stylish outdoor furniture. Wrought iron was considered the best material for outdoor use because of its comparative lightness and pliability to other metals. The term “wrought” means made by hand, as opposed to “cast” iron, which was made using molds. Salterini’s high-end handcrafted furniture, with names like Park Avenue Group — promoted for indoor use and photographed as such for the firm’s catalogues — attracted wealthy buyers from across the country. They were drawn to his ability to make a metal like wrought iron look almost ethereal and elegant, and the way he incorporated the popular styles and design principles of the day into his pieces.

That John B. Salterini’s vintage garden furniture — a collection of which can be found on 1stDibs — can be used indoors and look completely natural is a rare feat.

Salterini Wrought Iron Demi Lune Console Table
By John Salterini
Located in Stamford, CT
1940s fine quality wrought iron Salterini demi lune console table with glass top. Salterini was consider the best quality wrought iron garden furniture of the time.
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1940s North American Vintage John Salterini

Materials

Wrought Iron

Six Salterini Handwrought Iron/ Bronze Patinated High Back Chairs
By John Salterini
Located in Westport, CT
Six Salterini handmade wrought iron bronze patinated finish high back dining chairs, with seat and back cushions upholstered in a cotton canvas fabric. Heavy gauge weight and constru...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini

Materials

Wrought Iron

Set of Mid-Century Salterini Stools
By John Salterini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Three swivel stools with a strong iron frame. Decorative scrolled seat back and round footrest. Measures: Adjusts with four holes, from 23"-31" seat height, approximately 4 inches be...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini

  • Set of Mid-Century Salterini Stools
  • Set of Mid-Century Salterini Stools
  • Set of Mid-Century Salterini Stools
  • Set of Mid-Century Salterini Stools
H 36 in. W 17 in. D 17 in.
Salterini Plant Stand
By John Salterini
Located in New York, NY
Unusual and possibly unique hand wrought free standing plant stand. Nice original old rust patina surface.
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts John Salterini

Materials

Wrought Iron

  • Salterini Plant Stand
  • Salterini Plant Stand
  • Salterini Plant Stand
  • Salterini Plant Stand
H 39 in. Dm 14.5 in.
John Salterini For Woddard Mid-Century Modern Iron Patio Chairs
By Russell Woodard, John Salterini
Located in New York, NY
John Salterini for Russell Woddard Mid-Century Modern set of five iron patio chairs. The set comes with individual upholstered seat and back cushions. Makers mark on the back of the ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini

Materials

Iron

Set of 4 Maurizio Tempestini "Ribbon Back" Armchairs for Salterini
By Woodard Furniture Co., Salterini, John Salterini, Russell Woodard, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of four patio armchairs by Maurizio Tempestini for John Salterini, USA, c.1950s. It consists of four wrought iron armchairs with a ribbon motif for the back, a detail present thr...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini

Materials

Wrought Iron

Set of Six Salterini High Back Iron Bronze Top White Cord Dining Chairs
By John Salterini
Located in Westport, CT
Salterini set 6 high back bronze top white cord back Iron chairs, cushioned foam seat off white woven fabric. Two arm chairs measurements are 42.50 high x 19.50 wide with arms x 17 d...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern John Salterini

Materials

Wrought Iron

Mario Papperzini for John Salterini Italian Verdigris Patio Cocktail Table
By Mario Papperzini, John Salterini
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian Designed Mario Papperzini for John Salterini Patio cocktail table. A large piece that is a compliment to several of our other pieces we are showcasing on our site. The table ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern John Salterini

Materials

Wrought Iron

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John Salterini Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

John Salterini Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of John Salterini furniture, there are many options, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 69 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by John Salterini were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider Furniture by Brown Saltman, Russell Woodard and Maurizio Tempestini. John Salterini Furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $300 and tops out at $49,500, while pieces like these can sell for $2,160 on average..