Joseph Savina Sideboard with Intricate Carvings in Oak


Joseph Savina, sideboard, oak, France, 1954

Designed by the Frenchman Joseph Savina, this sideboard is a testament to exquisite craftsmanship and profound artistry. The corpus is solidly built marked by distinct geometrical elements with a clear, defined structure. The doorpanels and base embrace elegant carvings comprised of undulating and wavy lines that decorate the cabinet in a sophisticated manner. The interior houses plenty of storage space with shelves and drawers. Its decorative execution of ornamental arrangements, material use, and woodwork, are all hallmarks for which Savina is celebrated.

Joseph Savina (1901-1983), a skilled Breton cabinetmaker and sculptor, was an integral member of the Seiz Breur art movement, heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. He emerged as the principal woodworker within this group and established a workshop in Tréguier, France. Notably, he maintained a close friendship and collaboration with the renowned architect Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier entrusted Savina to produce some of his sculptures, a testament to Savina's remarkable skill in reinventing regional furniture with a radical modern approach. Their initial meeting in 1935 marked the beginning of a lasting friendship founded on mutual respect and admiration. The two artists frequently exchanged ideas, with Corbusier particularly admiring the "sense of plasticity" present in Savina's work. Savina also brought to life carvings based on Corbusier's drawings.

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Product Details

  • condition Good
  • creator Joseph Savina (Designer)
  • date of manufacture 1954
  • dimensions Height 38.98 in. Width 92.13 in. Depth 21.66 in.
  • dimensions Height 99 cm Width 234 cm Depth 55 cm
  • material Oak
  • origin France
  • period 1950-1959
  • style Arts and Crafts (Of the Period)
  • barcode 50114758