c. 1907

Carlo Bugatti

(Italian, 1856-1940)

designed by

Inlaid wood (mahogany?), cast and gilded bronze mounts, inlays of ivory or bone, metal, and mother-of-pearl (marine mussels or pearl oysters)

Overall: 71.5 x 67.1 x 41.3 cm (28 1/8 x 26 7/16 x 16 1/4 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1991.45

Fun Fact

Carlo Bugatti's son, Ettore Bugatti, began manufacturing automobiles in 1909.


Luxurious materials might catch the eye first, but a closer look reveals the imaginary creatures that adorn the surface of this table. Featuring elaborate arches, a favorite motif that appeared throughout Bugatti's furniture, this fantastical imagery is a window into the designer's expressive imagination.


Fantastical Imagery
How It Was Made
The Artist, Carlo Bugatti
Tea Time
Bugatti Tea Table
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