Collection Online
ebonised wood, copper, painted vellum, bone, pewter, rope, silk tassels
150.4 × 78.0 × 56.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased NGV Foundation, 2006
Gallery location
18th & 19th Century Decorative Arts & Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

Carlo Bugatti’s style was much influenced by Moorish, Islamic and Japanese design. It is, nevertheless, Carlo’s idiosyncratic combination of these cultural influences that make his furniture designs unique. He employed a variety of unusual materials, such as fringes and tassels, to soften the hard-edged geometry of these constructions. Signature features include his use of ebonised wood inlaid with metal, often described as Moorish, but owing as much to Japanese inspiration as to Islamic. Bugatti’s use of vellum is particularly characteristic and he often decorated his vellum surfaces with plant motifs in a soft brown wash.