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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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Set of 4 Maurizio Tempestini "Ribbon Back" Armchairs for Salterini
By Salterini, Russell Woodard, John Salterini, Woodard Furniture Co., 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 Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Salterini Radar Tête-à-Tête Settee Lounge, circa 1950
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Hudson, NY
A fantastic wrought iron 'tête-à-tête' settee lounge from Salterini's Radar collection, designed by Maurizio Tempestini, circa 1950. Very comfortable and stylish, the two lounge chai...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Pair of Salterini 'Radar' Collection Lounge Chairs by Tempestini
By Maurizio Tempestini, John Salterini
Located in Hudson, NY
A matched pair of 1950s wrought iron 'Radar' collection lounge chairs designed by Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini. Classic modern form and extremely comfortable design, these are f...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Mid-Century Modern Radar Saucer Lounge Chair by John Salterini
By Maurizio Tempestini, John Salterini
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous mid-1950s design and comfort by John Salterini. Outdoor chair is in excellent vintage condition with minimal wear on the last coat of paint. A Maurizio Tempestini design.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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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.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Iron

Set Six Orange Slice Clam Shell Chairs by Salterini
By Maurizio Tempestini, John Salterini
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous and rare set of six orange slice chairs. Freshly painted in a satin white enamel, chairs are in excellent vintage condition. Exceptional design by Maurizio Tempestini for Jo...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Iron

S/3 Salterini Newly Enameled Blue Wrought Iron Patio Stacking / Nesting Tables
By John Salterini
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is Mid-Century Modern set of three John Salterini outdoor wrought iron patio / garden stacking / nesting tables newly enameled in navy blue. The stacking tables are easy to m...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Mid-Century Modern Outdoor Dining Table by John Salterini
By John Salterini
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous heavy duty iron frame with a mesh top and tri-leg form this sixties iconic table. Recently painted and in excellent vintage condition with minimal wear. Photo was taken outs...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Steel, Iron

Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini Outdoor Table and Four Neva-Rust Dining Chairs
By Maurizio Tempestini, John Salterini
Located in Peabody, MA
Classic outdoor seating designed by Maurizio Tempestini for John Salterini, ca. 1950s. Features four steel and wicker Neva-Rust chairs and a very rare cafe table featuring a grid of ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Steel

Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini Patio Set, White Reed Enameled Steel, 1960s
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Maurizio Tempestini for Satlerini Patio Set, White Reed Enameled steel 1960s. Rare set includes 4 lounge chairs and coffee table. Original finish. Lovely and relaxing alternative to ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Outdoor Cocktail Table by Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous and rare cocktail table design by Maurizio Tempestini for John Salterini with a built in magazine rack basket. Two glass shelves.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Iron

Mid-Century Modern Outdoor Dining Table by John Salterini
By John Salterini
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous patio dining table with mesh top outfitted with a fitting for an umbrella. Hand made in the fifties with galvanized iron. Recently enameled in satin black. Very sturdy.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Iron

S/4 Salterini Patio Armchairs with White & Black Frame & Green Stripe Upholstery
By John Salterini
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a set of four Mid-Century Modern signed John Salterini newly enameled white steel and newly lacquered black wood with newly upholstered removable seat cushions in a green ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Metal

Hollywood Regency Salterini Neon Pink Wrought Iron Cocktail Coffee Table
By John Salterini
Located in West Hartford, CT
Magnificent Hollywood Regency Salterini hand painted in pink cocktail table. Some chips and scratches and the decorations juggle a little but table remains stable. Glass top included...
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1930s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Salterini Newly Enameled Blue Wrought Iron Patio / Garden "Radar" Cocktail Table
By John Salterini
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a Mid-Century Modern John Salterini patio / garden "radar" cocktail table newly enameled wrought iron in "Lagoon" (Tiffany) blue. John B. Salterini an Italian emigrant to ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought Iron

S/4 Salterini Wrought Iron Newly Enameled Navy Blue Radar Patio / Garden Chairs
By John Salterini
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a set of four Mid-Century Modern John Salterini "radar" wrought iron patio or garden chairs. This set of Salterini "Radar" patio chairs are rare and hard to find. This set...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Salterini Dark Green Wrought Iron & Pink Cushion Palm Patio/Garden Chairs, Pair
By John Salterini
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is an extremely rare pair of Mid-Century Modern John Salterini "palm back" patio or garden side chairs, newly enameled wrought iron in a dark green and newly upholstered seat...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Pair of Tempestini for Salterini Butterfly Drink Tables
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Mid-Century Modern iron butterfly drinks tables designed by Maurizio Tempestini for John Salterini. Sculptural styled painted wrought iron topped with glass panes having two rounded ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Set of 2 Wrought Iron Newly Enameled in Blue John Salterini Radar Patio Chairs
By John Salterini
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a set of two John Salterini wrought iron Radar patio / garden chairs newly enameled in Classic blue. This set of Salterini Radar Patio chairs are rare and hard to find. Th...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Mid-Century John Salterini Cast Iron Peacock Settee
By John Salterini
Located in Esperance, NY
Mid-century John Salterini cast iron peacock settee.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Metal

Pair of Salterini Iron Peacock Salesman Sample Chairs
By John Salterini
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Phenomenal pair of miniature wrought iron peacock chairs designed by John Salterini. This diminutive set of doll size chairs were made as sales samples featuring intricate iron work....
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Iron

Midcentury John Salterini Cast Iron Peacock Settee
By John Salterini
Located in Esperance, NY
Midcentury John Salterini cast iron peacock settee. Paint shows wear. It has some chips as pictured.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Metal

Set of 4 Mid Century Salterini Orange Slice Clam Shell Iron Footstools
By Maurizio Tempestini, John Salterini
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous and rare footstools or seats, designed by Maurizio Tempestini for John Salterini. Orange slice clam shell design in freshly painted satin white enamel. Iron is in excellent...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Iron

Rid-Jid Steel Outdoor/Patio Dining Set with Four Chairs
By John Salterini
Located in Van Nuys, CA
This Mid-Century Modern outdoor dining set by Rid-Jid features four rounded back folding chairs and a circular dining table with a hole in the center for an umbrella. The table and c...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Steel

Rare Pair of Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini Midcentury Patio Chairs Table
By Maurizio Tempestini, John Salterini
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Rare pair of wrought iron and metal mesh lounge designed by Maurizio Tempestini and manufactured by Salterini. Wrought iron frames with metal mesh seats and backs. The matching side ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Iron

John Salterini For Woddard Mid-Century Modern Iron Patio Chairs
By John Salterini, Russell Woodard
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 Furniture

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Iron

Vintage White Iron Woodard Garden Bench
By John Salterini
Located in Redding, CT
Vintage White iron Woodard garden bench. Very comfortable 3-seat bench with arm rests. Freshly painted gloss white and perfect for the garden or front porch.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Iron

Two Chairs Cast Iron Marble-Top Table Coca-Cola Dinette Ice Cream Set Cafe Table
By John Salterini
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern red Coca-Cola cast iron base figural marble-top cafe table with two Salterini checker upholstery ice cream chairs.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Marble, Wrought Iron

Incomparable 7-Piece Seating Set by Mario Papperzini for Salterini, circa 1950
By Mario Papperzini, John Salterini
Located in Atlanta, GA
This magnificent set maintains its original verdigris finish. Color may be changed to black, if so desired. Finals may be finished in aged silver or old gold. An incredible complete...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Pair of Iron Side Tables by Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini, Italy, 1950s
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of iron side tables designed by Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini, Italy, 1950s. The pair feature new marble tops with a raised beveled detail. New glass shelves underneath. Ove...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Marble, Iron

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 Furniture

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Iron

Elegant Pair of Salterini Wrought Iron Armchairs in Passion Pink
By John Salterini
Located in East Hampton, NY
Elegant pair of Salterini wrought iron outdoor patio garden chairs powder-coated in passion pink color, circa 1950s.     
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Iron

Set of Four Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini Hoop Lounge Patio Chairs
By Maurizio Tempestini, John Salterini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Set of four vintage white Salterini hoop chairs. Original white painted finish.  
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Iron

Salterini Orange Peel Sette in White
By John Salterini
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish settee was acquired from an estate in South Beach, Miami and has been professionally powder-coated in "Palm Beach White".   
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Iron

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, ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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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 Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Tempestini for Salterini Radar Chair
By Maurizio Tempestini, John Salterini
Located in New York, NY
Nice Garden or Patio Radar chair designed by Tempestini, manufactured by Salterini. No damage, bends, weld or repairs. This example is in later burgundy paint finish. Originally desi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought Iron, 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 Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Salterini Radar Lounge Chair with Table Surface
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in New York, NY
Hard to find Salterini Radar lounge chair, to include chair, attachable leg rest extension, and disk form table surface. Currently in old paint finish which shows wear, usable as is,...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Wonderful Salterini White Wrought Iron Peacock Back Rocking Chair
By John Salterini
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Wonderful 1960s John Salterini vintage midcentury wrought iron wire peacock rocking chair. Please see our huge selection of other pieces from this collection-chairs, tables, and benc...
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1960s American Victorian Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Iron

Radar Chair by Salterini Newly Powder Coated
By Maurizio Tempestini, John Salterini
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.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Metal, Wrought Iron

Salterini American Midcentury Hollywood Regency Chaise Lounge
By John Salterini
Located in Arles, FR
American Mid-Century Hollywood Regency chaise lounge designed by John Salterini. Generous sized and great vintage quality made in the USA, circa 1950s. The black wrought iron pati...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Iron

Pair of Salterini Wrought Iron High Back Lounge Chairs
By John Salterini
Located in Ferndale, MI
Wonderful sculptural presence. Pair of Salterini high hoop back lounge chairs with detachable footrest. Recently powder coated in gloss black.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Steel, Wrought Iron

Mario Papperzini for Salterini Chaise Lounge, American Midcentury
By John Salterini
Located in Arles, FR
A wonderfully generous sized adjustable outdoor iron Hollywood Regency chaise lounge designed by Mario Papperzini for John Salterini Co., Inc. Beautifully designed vintage garden f...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Iron

Salterini White Chair
By John Salterini
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish "clamshell" patio chair has been professionally restored and powder-coated in Palm beach white.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Iron

Mid Century Salterini White Wrought Iron Rocking Chair Rocker
By John Salterini
Located in West Hartford, CT
Rare to see a Salterini rocking chair and yet here you have it! Features the stunning peacock backrest.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Iron, Wrought Iron

Five-Piece Black "Montego" Patio Set
By John Salterini
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish 5-piece set of patio furniture is from the Montego collection designed by Maurizio Tempestini for Jonh Salterini in the 1960s. The set consist of four arm chairs and o...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Metal

Pair of Tempestini for Salterini Clamshell Lounge Chairs
By Maurizio Tempestini, John Salterini
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Clamshell chairs designed by Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini. Both chairs show significant cosmetic wear to the paint finish, both are structurally sound and free of repair...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Mid-Century Modern Salterini Patio Set Table with Four Radar Chairs
By John Salterini
Located in St. Louis, MO
Very cool MCM Salterini patio set includes table and four springer "Radar" chairs. Currently has green paint , but can be sand blasted, rust coat primed and painted for additional co...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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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...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini "Clamshell" Chairs, Pair
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Pair of outdoor clam shell lounge chairs designed by Maurizio Tempestini and manufactured Salterini can be used on the terrace, patio, porch or in the garden. These chairs are all-ir...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Metal

Salterini Mid-Century Modern Folding Metal Patio or Garden Table and Four Chairs
By John Salterini
Located in Great Barrington, MA
The Mid-Century Modern metal patio or garden table and matching four chair dining set, painted silver, fold flat for storage purposes. The square table has a mesh surface, while the ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Steel

Side Table by Salterini
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
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)...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Steel, Wrought Iron

Brushed Steel Wire Frame Garden Patio Dining Chair Set by Salterini
By John Salterini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Lovely set of four, brushed steel, wire frame, indoor/outdoor, garden or patio, dining chairs with newly upholstered 16 in diameter seats in blush pink creased vinyl, manufactured by...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Steel

Four Dining Chairs by Salterini
By Maurizio Tempestini, John Salterini
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 Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Pair of Salterini "Grape Vine" Side Table Frames, in White
By John Salterini
Located in Oaks, PA
Pair of Salterini "grape vine" side table frames, in white, sold without glass.  
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1940s American Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Salterini Faux Bamboo Patio Set with Sofa and Side Tables
By John Salterini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This Mid-Century Modern patio set features a two-seat sofa with matching side tables, all in faux bamboo metal frames. Original "Salterini Neva-Rust" tag still affixed, stylish vinta...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Tempestini for Salterini High Back Lounge with Footrest
By Maurizio Tempestini, John Salterini
Located in New York, NY
Great and rare high back lounge and ottoman (removable) newly powder coated in white semi gloss finish. Designed by M. Tempestini for Salterini Furniture. suitable for indoor or outd...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought Iron