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Side table
ebonised wood, pewter, brass
39.2 × 37.1 × 37.1 cm
Place/s of Execution
Milan, Italy
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds provided by Peter and Ivanka Canet, 2015
Gallery location
Not on display
About this work

Carlo Bugatti’s idiosyncratic design language drew inspiration from a range of sources, including the Islamic art traditions of North Africa and design from China and Japan. On this ebonised wooden side table, Bugatti uses pewter-inlayed ornament whose forms are clearly inspired by characters from Chinese and Japanese scripts; the individual motifs, however, are completely of Bugatti’s own creation and are meaningless as text.