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Chair

Designer
Carlo Bugatti, Italian, 1856–1940
Date
1898–1902
Material
Wood, parchment, brass, zinc, pewter, and original silk tassels
Made in
Milan, Lombardy, Italy, Europe
Classification
Furniture
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
58 3/4 x 17 1/4 x 16 5/8 in. (149.2 x 43.8 x 42.2 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given in memory of Alfred Landesman and Museum Purchase
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
68:1979
NOTES
Painted vellum (goatskin), pewter inlay, and silk tassels are some of the unusual materials used for this highly original chair by the Italian architect and furniture designer Carlo Bugatti. The design also combines Japanese motifs such as painted grasses and an asymmetrical back with clustered Middle Eastern columns and abstract inlays. Bugatti’s eclectic design is a very personal expression of the Art Nouveau movement from the turn of the 20th century.
- 1979
Peter Hill, American Arts, East Lempster, NH [1]

1979 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Peter Hill, American Arts [2]

Notes:
[1] According to a notation on the Accession Record, Peter Hill purchased the chair from Phillip's Auctions, New York, NY [SLAM document files].

[2] Per invoice dated June 5, 1979 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Acquisitions Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, June 13, 1979.
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