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Salterini

American

The postwar boom in prosperity and leisure time led to the expansion of homes in America to include patios, which needed to be furnished with stylish outdoor furniture. Launched in 1934, Salterini offered some of the most exquisite, high-end outdoor furniture of the mid-century period.

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.

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 modernthe 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.

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 Salterini’s garden furniture can be used indoors and look completely natural is a rare feat.

Find vintage Salterini lounge chairs, tables, patio and garden furniture, and more on 1stDibs.

Mid Century Wrought Iron and Metal Mesh Garden Patio Poolside Table by Salterini
By Salterini
Located in New York, NY
Chic wrought iron and metal mesh coffee table, having a rectangular top, on a stylized base with a wave form stretcher. The table is in very good condition, sturdy and solid, newly ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Salterini

Materials

Wrought Iron

Rare 5-piece Iron Patio set "Taj Mahal" by Salterini. Matching Benches
By Salterini, Woodard Furniture Co.
Located in Buffalo, NY
Rare Salterini set in the Taj Mahal pattern, Bench's & chairs feature wrought iron frame , wrought iron back supports, decorative cast metal finials and metal mesh seat. Included , ...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Salterini

Materials

Metal, Iron

Salterini Wrought Iron Chairs A Pair
By John Salterini, Salterini
Located in Cumberland, RI
A Pair of Vintage Wrought Iron Patio Chairs by Salterini are available now and ready to ship. Highly desirable Laurel Leaf pattern. A perfect addition to any patio, terrace, or garden.
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Salterini

Materials

Wrought Iron

Art Deco Wrought Iron Salterini Mt. Vernon Oak Leaf Sofa
By John Salterini, Salterini
Located in Southampton, NJ
Wrought iron Outdoor patio sofa by Salterini, circa 1940's; Mount Vernon series in scarcely seen Oak Leaf & acorns pattern. Structurally sound and sturdy, the sofa shows signs of cos...
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Salterini

Materials

Wrought Iron

Wrought Iron Glass Top Garden Coffee Table by Salterini
By Salterini
Located in New York, NY
Chic wrought iron garden, patio, poolside coffee table by Salterini. This diminutive table features an intricately worked wrought iron frame with decorative foliate metal work, and ...
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Salterini

Materials

Wrought Iron

Extra Large Wrought Iron Dining Table by Salterini
By Salterini, Woodard Furniture Co.
Located in New York, NY
Exquisite wrought iron garden, patio, poolside dining table by Salterini. The table features intricate and finely detailed foliate design metal work, it is in very good, original ...
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Salterini

Materials

Wrought Iron

Mid Century Wrought Iron Garden Dining Table by Salterini att. to Tempestini
By Maurizio Tempestini, Salterini
Located in New York, NY
Chic architectural mid century garden, patio, poolside dining table, made by Salterini, design attributed to Maurizo Tempestini. The table features wrought iron hairpin legs, with a...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Salterini

Materials

Wrought Iron

XL Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini Black Iron & Woven Mesh Dining Table, 1950s
By Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Original Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini Black Iron and Wire DIning Table. Featuring large classic round wrought iron framework with three part legs, sturdy round woven metal mesh ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Salterini

Materials

Wrought Iron, Wire

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Salterini furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Salterini furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Salterini furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Salterini were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Richard Schultz, Maurizio Tempestini, and John Salterini. Prices for Salterini furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $250 and can go as high as $22,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,925.
Questions About Salterini
  • 1stDibs ExpertJune 6, 2024
    To identify Salterini furniture, first look for the brand's logo, which should be stamped into the piece in an inconspicuous place. Since this mark has changed over the years, you can compare the stamp on your piece to images shared on trusted online resources to determine its approximate age. Other signs that a particular item is a Salterini include indentations that suggest a piece was hammered by hand and stylistic flourishes such as delicate S-like scrolls on armrests and legs and the maker's signature detail, a tightly woven basketweave effect. If you need help identifying a particular piece, seek the help of a certified appraiser or knowledgeable antique dealer. Shop an assortment of Salterini furniture on 1stDibs.

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