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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.

Average Sold Price
$3,162
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Materials
Pair of Salterini "Grape Vine" Side Table Frames, in White
By John Salterini
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Salterini "grape vine" side table frames, in white, sold without glass.  
Category

1940s American Vintage John Salterini

Materials

Wrought Iron

Salterini “Radar” Lounge Chair by Maurizio Tempestini
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Los Angeles, CA
“Radar” wrought iron patio lounge chair designed by Maurizio Tempestini for John Salterini, c.1950s, USA. The chair has a bisected hoop construction with a delicate grid of wrought i...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini

Materials

Wrought Iron

Set of 4 Salterini 1950's Circus Style Draped Metal Chairs
By John Salterini
Located in Stamford, CT
Stunning set of four Salterini 1950s "draped" wrought dining chairs with brass ball finials. They are in original condition - white painted with yellow "patent leather" seats. Ready ...
Category

1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage John Salterini

Materials

Wrought Iron

Radar Chair by Salterini Newly Powder Coated
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in New York, NY
Great Radar Hoop chair designed by Tempestini for Salterini, just powder coated in semi gloss black. Originally designed for outdoor use, suitable for indoor placement as well.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini

Materials

Metal, Wrought Iron

Four Dining Chairs by Salterini
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in New York, NY
Four metal dining chairs manufactured by Salterini, designed attributed to Tempestini. Currently in original brown paint finish which shows some cosmetic wear, normal and consistent ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini

Materials

Wrought Iron

  • Four Dining Chairs by Salterini
  • Four Dining Chairs by Salterini
  • Four Dining Chairs by Salterini
  • Four Dining Chairs by Salterini
H 30 in. W 25.25 in. D 20.5 in.
Lovely Pair of Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini Circular Radar Saucer Chairs
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely pair of springer radar chairs for Salterini designed by Maurizio Tempestini. Spring action, round saucer like frame, with mesh metal backing. These chairs measure 32" T x 30" ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini

Materials

Iron

Mid-Century Modern Maurizio Tempestini Radar Saucer Rocker Lounge Chair
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous style and comfort in this bouncer rocker chair by John Salterini. In excellent vintage condition with minimal amount of wear on last coat of paint.
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini

Materials

Iron

Seldom Seen John Salterini Iron Peacock Garden Bench / Love Seat
By John Salterini
Located in Buffalo, NY
John Salterini peacock iron garden bench / settee, great design. Perfect addition to your outdoor environment. Hand delivery avail to New York City or anywhere en route from Buffalo NY.
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini

Materials

Iron

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John Salterini Sellers

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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 John Salterini Collection, there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 6 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original furniture by John Salterini were created in Italy during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Maurizio Tempestini, Russell Woodard and Brown Saltman if you are looking for additional options. The prices for John Salterini furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $1,800 and tops out at $9,250, while pieces like these can sell for $3,345.

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