Design Masterworks 19 May 2016

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Carlo and Rembrandt Bugatti


Frame and drawing

Italy, c. 1900
vellum, copper, glass, graphite on paper, silk
29 h x 23¾ w x ¾ d in (74 x 60 x 2 cm)


estimate: $20,000–30,000

provenance: Collection of Carlo Bugatti | North American Private Collection | Sotheby's, New York, 4 and 5 December 1998, Lot 525 | Collection of Cecile Singer, New York | Sotheby's, New York, 10 March 2005, Lot 4 | Private Collection, New York
exhibited: Le Arti Decorative Internazionale del Nuovo Secolo, 1902, Turin Carlo Bugatti: A World of Imagination, 9 February - 27 May 1995, Instituto Italiano di Cultura, Toronto Bugatti, 18 July - 19 September 1999, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Carlo Bugatti, 9 April - 15 July 2001, Musée d'Orsay, Paris
literature: Bugatti, Hawley, pg. 22 illustrates this work in situ

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Family Collaborations

Carlo and Rembrandt Bugatti

The present lot is a wonderful collaborative work by two members of the extremely talented Bugatti family. Dating to the turn of the 20th century, the drawing was completed by Rembrandt Bugatti when he was approximately fifteen years old and the frame was designed by his father, Carlo. This small detailed work was included in the 1902 exhibition, Le Arti Decorative Internazionale del Nuovo Secolo in Turin for which Carlo Bugatti designed several rooms and interiors. The drawing was hung in the ornately decorated bedroom featuring designs dominated by circles, a motif also found on the frame.

Rembrandt died young and Carlo Bugatti held this work close throughout his lifetime.

The present lot hanging in the bedroom designed by Carlo Bugatti for the exhibition in Turin, 1902. (Photograph reproduced from Bugatti, by Henry H. Hawley, 1999, The Cleveland Museum of Art)