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John Salterini Furniture

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.

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Creator: John Salterini
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.  
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1940s American Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Salterini Rose Leaf Potting Table, Plant Stand or Dry Bar
By John Salterini
Located in Kennett Square, PA
Rare Salterini potting table in Rose Leaf pattern, but this piece would be amazing as a bar! Fill the well with bottles and pull up a stool or two - note the side profile and see for...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

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Metal

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

Lovely Pair of Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini Circular Radar Saucer Chairs
By Maurizio Tempestini, John Salterini
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

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

Materials

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

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

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

Materials

Iron

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

Materials

Iron

1 Salterini Peacock Wrought Iron Arm Chair
By John Salterini
Located in Pasadena, TX
1 Salterini Peacock wrought iron arm chair John Salterini vintage midcentury wrought iron wire peacock chair. Victorian style chair designed with a back pattern reminiscent of a...
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Mid-20th Century North American Rustic John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Iron Modernist Dinette Set, Garden, Interior / Exterior, by Salterini
By John Salterini
Located in Buffalo, NY
Wonderful Indoor / outdoor Iron Dinette set, table and 4 chairs attributed to John Salterini, retains original white naugahyde seat and back, great design, great size, hand delivery ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

Materials

Iron

Incomparable Set of 12 Montego Dining Chairs by John Salterini, circa 1960
By John Salterini
Located in Atlanta, GA
These magnificent dining chairs are shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative, completely installation ready. This large set is unique on the mark...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Rare Wrought Iron Peacock Chairs, JOHN SALTERINI SOLD / Florentine Craft Studio
By Florentine Craft Studio, John Salterini
Located in Rochester, NY
Two exceptionally rare antique wrought iron peacock chairs ( a near pair - the difference being in lower part of back rests and design of mesh seats ) Both chairs in beautifully aged...
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20th Century American John Salterini Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Tempestini for Salterini High Back Lounge with Footrest
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
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

Materials

Wrought 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.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

Materials

Iron

Rare Stool or Chair by Tempestini for Salterini in Iron & Raffia Original Tag
By John Salterini, Salterini, Tempesti, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Framingham, MA
Super rare outdoor/indoor low stool by Maurizio Temperstini for John B. Salterini. Incredible piece of hard-to-find early Modern Design - and it has the ITALY stamp and paper tag und...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

Materials

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

Materials

Steel, Wrought Iron

Mid Century Modern Sculptural Lounge Chair by Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini
By Maurizio Tempestini, John Salterini
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Unique 3 legged orange slice outdoor lounge chair by Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini. Recently resprayed satin black, chair is in excellent vintage condition with minimal wear. Can...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

Materials

Iron

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

Materials

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

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

Rare Set of Four Maurizio Tempestini White Lacquer Iron Frame and Mesh Chairs
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare set of four Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini white lacquer over wrought iron framed and iron mesh outdoor dining chairs. Minimalist design with open arms and linear form, iron ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Mario Papperzini for John Salterini Italian Verdigris Patio Cocktail Table
By John Salterini, Mario Papperzini
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian designed Mario Papperzini for John Salterini Patio cocktail table. The table is finished in the original verdigris finish and in good overall condition and structurally very ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

John Salterini Round Patio Dining Table, Restored, Satin Black
By John Salterini
Located in Kansas City, MO
John Salterini round outdoor / pool / patio dining table. Professionally media blasted and powder coated in a satin black finish. Very substantial construction. Ready to use.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

Materials

Steel, 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

Materials

Wrought Iron, Iron

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

Materials

Steel

John Salterini For Woodard Mid-Century Modern Iron Patio Chairs
By John Salterini, Russell Woodard
Located in New York, NY
John Salterini for Russell Woodard 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

Materials

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 Furniture

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

Materials

Iron

Outdoor Round Dining Table by Mario Papperzini for John Salterini
By Mario Papperzini, John Salterini
Located in Kansas City, MO
Outdoor / Patio / Pool / dining table designed by Mario Papperzini for John Salterini. Wrought iron and glass. Professonally media blasted and powder coated in a satin black finish. ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

Materials

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

Materials

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

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

Materials

Iron

Salterini Leaf Nesting Tables
By John Salterini
Located in Kennett Square, PA
Classic pair of Salterini nesting leaf tables in black. Curiously, the smaller/lower table shows the most weathering (which may suggest that these were separated or are a married pai...
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Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

Materials

Metal

Salterini American Midcentury Hollywood Regency Lounge Chair
By John Salterini
Located in Miami, FL
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

Materials

Iron

Salterini Painted Iron Garden Armchair with Ottoman
By John Salterini
Located in East Hampton, NY
Rare Salterini iron garden armchair with ottoman, Perfect for Indoor or Outdoor, No pillow included!. Great ball finial details. Chair dimensions: 25.5" width, 26.5" depth, 30.25" h...
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1960s American Vintage John Salterini Furniture

Materials

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

Materials

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.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

Materials

Marble, Wrought Iron

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 Furniture

Materials

Wrought 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

Materials

Wrought Iron

Pair of Tempestini for Salterini Clamshell Lounge Chairs
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
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

Materials

Wrought Iron

Awesome Salterini Style Mid-century Rocking Chair Patio
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Pemberton, NJ
OUTSTANDING MID-CENTURY MODERN SALLTERINI STYLE VINTAGE IRON ROCKER. THIS ROCKER IS IN VERY GOOD VINTAGE CONDITION -JUST PAINTED AND LOOKS GREAT. THERE ARE NO BREAKS IN THE WEL...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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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

Materials

Wrought Iron

John Salterini Childs Chair, Wrought Iron and Wicker
By John Salterini
Located in Kansas City, MO
John Salterini wrought iron and wicker childs chair in excellent condition. This is the best childs chair we have ever seen.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Salterini Furniture

Materials

Wrought 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

Materials

Iron, Wrought 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

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.
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1930s American Arts and Crafts Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought 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

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

Set of Four Salterini Dinette Chairs, Attributed to Maurizio Tempestini
By Maurizio Tempestini, John Salterini
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful form and craftsmanship on these. Wrought iron. Need to add dims
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern John Salterini Furniture

Materials

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 ...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage John Salterini Furniture

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Wrought Iron

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

Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini "Clamshell" Chairs, Pair
By Maurizio Tempestini, John Salterini
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

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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