19th - early 20th Century Folding Chair by Carlo Bugatti,
Carved & parcel ebonized walnut-wood with pewter
inlay, 46" X 12.5" X 33.5". The high-back with
hollowed carving of the Ace of Clubs (Clove leaf), the back, the seat
and the front leg are inlaid with pewter in floral and
Paris, La difference-Galerie Beaubourg, 1995,P. 97" .
"Sotheby's Paris, July18th 2004".
Bugatti (1856-1940) "A
decorator and an architect, creator and
manufacturer of furniture, jewelery, musical instruments and even of a
racing bicycle, Carlo Bugatti was particularly inventive and original.
He made his debut in Milan around 1880, became successful outside Italy
for the first time in 1888, and triumphed at the Turin decorative art
exhibition in 1902. He settled in Paris in 1904, before retiring to
Pierrefonds in 1910" "Carlo
combines the picturesque asymmetry of Art Nouveau with the exoticism of
Moorish and Japanese influences. There is nothing accurately derivative
in Bugatti's work, however; rather, it is pure fantasy, drawing
inspiration from the Orientalist art movement of the late nineteenth
century, a fact underscored by the name of his business in Milan: C.
Bugatti & C., Fabbrica Mobili Artistici Fantasia.