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John Salterini Furniture

John B. Salterini (Italy, 1928–52)

While John B. Salterini (1928–52) 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 garden furniture — a collection of which can be found on 1stDibs — can be used indoors and look completely natural is a rare feat.

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Tempestini for Salterini Serving Bar Cart
By Maurizio Tempestini, John Salterini
Located in New York, NY
Hard to find Salterini serving bar cart in original faux Verdigris finish. This cart features three glass shelves in wrought iron frame. The shelves have some chips along the edges, ...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Tempestini for Salterini Radar Chair
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in New York, NY
Category

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

Materials

Iron, Wrought Iron

Salterini Radar Lounge Chair with Table Surface
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in New York, NY
Category

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

Materials

Wrought Iron

Radar Chair by Salterini Newly Powder Coated
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in New York, NY
Category

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

Materials

Metal

Pair of Tempestini for Salterini Clamshell Lounge Chairs
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in New York, NY
Category

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

Materials

Wrought Iron

Salterini Occasional Table
By John Salterini
Located in New York, NY
Rare Salterini table with original glass top (shows minor chips). Unusual and not often seen tall and narrow form, this example is currently in older grey paint finish usable as is o...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Art Deco John Salterini Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Side Table by Salterini
By Maurizio Tempestini, John Salterini
Located in New York, NY
Architectural side table manufactured by Salterini, design attributed to Tempestini. Metal mesh top with wrought iron rod base, currently in original brown paint finish (shows wear)...
Category

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

Materials

Steel, Wrought Iron

Four Dining Chairs by Salterini
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in New York, NY
Category

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

Materials

Wrought Iron

Tempestini for Salterini High Back Lounge with Footrest
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in New York, NY
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Cantilevered Hoop Chair with Footrest by Tempestini for Salterini
By John Salterini
Located in New York, NY
Interesting Cantilevered Hoop Chair with rare original footrest attachment. Original green paint finish, shows wear appropriate with age.
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

Salterini Console in White Paint Finish
By John Salterini
Located in New York, NY
1/2 round Salterini Console, Demi - Lune, table, one of two we have listed on 1st Dibs.
Category

1930s American Arts and Crafts Vintage John Salterini Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

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.
Category

Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts John Salterini Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

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By John Salterini
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Salterini Garden Patio Dining Table
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3 Curved Garden Benches by Salterini
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Salterini Serving Cart
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H 33.5 in. W 32 in. D 18.5 in.
High Back Cantilevered Salterini Lounge Chair
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H 29.5 in. W 25 in. D 21 in.
Salterini Glass-Top Dining Garden Table
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By John Salterini
Located in New York, NY
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  • Salterini Side Table
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H 20 in. W 18 in. D 18 in.
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By John Salterini
Located in New York, NY
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