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Carlo Bugatti 19th Century Three Seater Sofa, Japanese, Moorish,Islamic,European

$185,000

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Many of Carlo Bugatti's superior pieces were commissioned by a number of the Royal Houses of Europe, some of the Great Estates of America and Europe and some of the most successful families from around the world, including this truly Magnificent sofa which until recently was held in the Rothschild home, Bedfordshire England. The attention to detail is truly Bugatti at his best, this work of art is composed of two curule chairs being joined by a lovers bench upholstered with vellum hand embellished with oriental illustrations and decorated with applications of wrought copper through out. This piece further enhanced by extraordinary pewter inlaid work were the wood has to be hand carved before bringing pewter to a liquid form to allow it to run into the carvings before being hand finished. The sofa was crafted in the 1900’s as Bugatti increasingly stylised his work, the geometrization of his furniture became a true feature of his work and this is truly the case in this stunning sofa. Bugatti's visual vocabulary is also very evident in this work - the floral motifs, inlays of metal, Islamic references, Japanese-influenced painted decorations, ornate fringing along with the delicate hand turned finials The sofa is a remarkable work and a beautiful addition to any collection. It is worth noting that it features on the Bugatti book by Philippe Dejean. The extravagance of the Bugatti sofa is sympotmatic of his work and any collector of Carlo Bugatti's works will expect nothing less! it's in exceptional condition. Bugatti met the Queen of Italy (Queen Elena 1873- 1946 ) at the Milan Expo in 1902 where she commented “ that his pieces had a very Moorish Style” Bugatti replied “ Forgive me my Lady this is Bugatti Style “.

Details

  • Creator
    Carlo Bugatti (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 56 in (142.24 cm)Width: 97 in (246.38 cm)Depth: 21 in (53.34 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Animal Skin,Copper,Pewter,Walnut,Hand-Carved,Hand-Crafted,Hand-Painted,Metalwork,Patinated,Pressed,Turned
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1900
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. In great condition, the piece has been sensitively and professionally and sympathetically restored. One Vellum seat has been replaced. 90% of the silk tassels are original. All turnings and timber work are original and great condition.
  • Seller Location
    Shrewsbury, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5740224193692

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About the Designer

Carlo Bugatti

Imaginative, bold and full of poetic details, the work of Carlo Bugatti pushed the boundaries of the Art Nouveau style. The Italian furniture designer and decorative artist’s celebrated chairs, tables and other pieces are representative of a range of influences that include European Gothic, Moorish traditions and classical Japanese art. Bugatti’s appetite for experimentation with new forms and materials has fueled the imaginations of designers everywhere.

Bugatti was born in 1856 in Milan. The son of successful interior decorator, sculptor and architect Giovanni Bugatti, Carlo set out to follow in his father’s footsteps, studying architecture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera and working as a cabinetmaker. He moved to Paris in 1875 to continue his studies in design at the prestigious Academie des Beaux-Arts. By the early 1880s, Bugatti had moved back to Milan to continue his career in furniture design.

Antique Bugatti seating, center tables and other large furnishings are visually striking in their level of ornamentation. These works feature hand-carved motifs and were frequently inlaid with luxury materials such as mother-of-pearl, ebony and brass — his distinctive Throne chair (ca. 1900), for example, featured pierced copper and vellum. Detailed themes rooted in nature, stencils and geometric patterns adorn his venturesome decorative screens and handcrafted mahogany and walnut chairs and tables.

In 1888, the designer displayed his work publicly for the first time, showcasing pieces at the Industrial Arts Exhibition in Milan and later at the Italian Exhibition in London. His flamboyant furniture led to his becoming an overnight success among members of the aristocracy, who flooded him with commissions to design custom furniture for their homes. In 1904, Bugatti and his family moved to France, where designed furniture for department stores such as Maison Dufayel and Le Bon Marché. His two sons also pursued work in design — Rembrandt Bugatti became a noted sculptor while Ettore gained renown as a leading automobile designer and manufacturer.

Although his furniture became increasingly subdued in appearance over the years — and he would eventually begin to design serveware and jewelry — Bugatti garnered acclaim throughout his career. He received an award at the 1900 Paris Exposition and exhibited interiors and a furniture collection at the inaugural International Exposition of Modern Decorative Arts in Turin, Italy, in 1902. Today, Bugatti’s work remains on permanent display at the Musée de la Chartreuse in Molsheim, France.

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