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Ernesto Valabrega Set of Six Dining Chairs in Chestnut and Patterned Fabric

$12,700.00

Ernesto Valabrega, set of six dining chairs, chestnut, fabric, Italy, circa 1935

These well-sculpted chairs are created in one of the most influential periods for the arts namely the Art Deco Movement. The chairs bear witness to the designer's excellent taste for form and expert craftsmanship. The wooden backrest has a grid design with carved eye-shaped openings that feature undulating lines. The wooden frame visualizes the artist’s hand and his movement to treat the wood, resulting in beautiful and intricate carvings. The seats are upholstered in an ocher yellow patterned fabric with horizontally and diagonally woven lines.
Italian designer Ernesto Valabrega (1901-1944) was born in Turin, as the son of celebrated designer and cabinetmaker Vittorio Valabrega (1861-1952).

His father Vittorio was, together with his brother, the founder of Fratelli Valabrega (Valabrega Brothers Company, since 1884) that was situated in Turin. During the 1890s, Vittorio became the sole owner of the company and had great success with his refined wooden furniture. Vittorio Valabrega became well-known for his furniture in the floral Art Nouveau style, but as a true child of the 19th century, his company also manufactured furniture in Neo-Renaissance and the French Rococo Louis XV-style. His designs received positive attention and were awarded at World Exhibitions. At the famous exhibition in Paris in 1900, Vittorio even received a gold medal.

It was at the age of 24 that Ernesto got on board with his father’s business. His involvement from 1925 onwards had a great impact on the company. Ernesto decided to change the company’s name to Mobilart in 1928 and radically redirected the course. Whereas Vittorio was inspired by a variety of contemporary and historic styles, Ernesto chose for a different approach. He renounced the 19th century mixture of styles and approached furniture design in the same manner as the highly influential William Morris of the English Arts and Crafts movement. Their reform was an artistic reaction to the widespread industrialization of the 19th century.

Ernesto despised products of poor quality and chose high quality materials that would last a lifetime. The furniture he created in the late 1920 and 1930s are a true testament to his beliefs. With his irregular carvings of oakwood, the hammered hinges, flowing edges, embossed surfaces his furniture shows quality, attention to detail and ultimate craftsmanship.

Please note that the wood contains some signs of age and use, including wear. For further details, we encourage you to reach out to our team of design specialists.

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Product Details

  • condition Good
  • date of manufacture circa 1935
  • dimensions Height 35.44 in. Width 18.12 in. Depth 19.69 in. Seat Height 18.51 in.
  • dimensions Height 90 cm Width 46 cm Depth 50 cm Seat Height 47 cm
  • material Chestnut Fabric Metal
  • origin Italy
  • period 1930-1939
  • style Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • barcode 50114913