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Table

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

It was Carlo Bugatti's son Ettore who started manufacturing automobiles in 1909.

Description

Luxurious materials might catch your eye first, but look closer to discover the imaginary creatures that adorn the surface of this table. Paired with arches, a favorite motif that appeared throughout Bugatti's career, this fantastical imagery is a window into the designer's expressive imagination and suggests that Bugatti prized form over function.

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