National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased NGV Foundation, 2006
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
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.