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Mid-Century Aldo Tura Parchment Covered Pedestal Bar Light Up Mirrored Interior

$3,995

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Circa 1960s pedestal style bar designed by Aldo Tura is in the form of a large stemmed goblet made of wood covered in goatskin parchment. The body of the bar is decorated all the way around with three images of 19th century figures on horseback: there is a woman riding side saddle on the door, a male mandolin player and a bearded man. The top of the bar features a removable, lift off round glass and brass tray. The interior has a light that comes on when the locking, hinged door is open with mirrored wall and glass shelves with a well at the bottom that can hold an ice bucket. Very good overall vintage condition. Inside Measurements: bottom center to top: 19” high, bottom side to top shelf: 8”, top shelf to ceiling: 8” top & bottom shelves: 3.25” deep inside diameter: 14” at top to 19” at bottom top surface: 14.5” diameter.

Details

  • Creator
    Aldo Tura (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 50.5 in. (128.27 cm)Width: 21 in. (53.34 cm)Depth: 21 in. (53.34 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Rewired: Electrical has been updated for US standards. Wear consistent with age and use. very good vintage condition with minor scattered surface wear.
  • Seller Location
    Troy, MI
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 104611stDibs: LU899926482822

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    Ships From: Troy, MI
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About the Designer

Aldo Tura

One of the most enigmatic and polarizing figures to emerge in Italian design, Aldo Tura is an outlier in the world of mid-century furniture. The designer’s glamorous bar carts, coffee tables, cabinets and more resist categorization and draw inspiration from Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Baroque, Surrealist and modernist styles.

Tura moved through distinct phases in his career in terms of aesthetics, influences and finishes, rendering his life’s work exciting and diverse. Despite these phases, he held a singular devotion to one material: lacquered goatskin. Tura established a furniture production house in 1939 in Lombardy, and some of his early work focused on tables, decorative lamps and more. He later expanded to bar furnishings like rolling carts, cabinets and complementary barware accessories like ice buckets and cocktail shakers. The eccentric, gleaming and luxe surface of lacquered goatskin was a constant, along with eggshell, parchment and leather.

By the 1950s, Tura had begun to use hand-painted figural panels on the surface of cabinets, serveware (such as carafes) and other pieces. He even replicated famous works by artists like Monet and Bruegel the Elder and art from the Middle Ages, sometimes playfully embedding the paintings on cabinets shaped like oversize books. Even though he had a favored color palette of rich chocolate browns and deep emeralds, his style remained consistently hard to define.

Tura was unlike most of his Italian contemporaries but held a similar reverence for the nation’s traditional craftsmanship and artisanal techniques. He never followed the growing trend of mass-produced, industrial furniture and stuck to creating small, meticulously handcrafted collections. This principled choice means that today, a Tura piece is a rare and highly coveted collectible. The Tura firm continues to operate in Brianza, promoting Italian craftsmanship and the eclectic materials embraced by their namesake designer.

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