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Carlo Bugatti (February 16, 1856 – April 1940) was a notable decorator, architect (though he never applied his work into buildings), designer and manufacturer of Art Nouveau furniture, models of jewelry, musical instruments. He was born in Milan, Italy and died in Molsheim, France.
Son of Giovanni Luigi Bugatti, a specialist on internal decorations, Carlo studied at the Brera Academy and, from 1875, studied at the Académie des Beaux Arts in Paris. In 1880 started his manufacture of furniture in Milan and later in France. His first international success is dated 1888.
He triumphed at the exhibition of decorative art in Turin in 1902 and returned to Paris in 1904.
Father of sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti and automobile manufacturer Ettore Bugatti, he moved in 1910 to Pierrefonds where established an atelier. From 1914 to 1918 he was nominated mayor of the village, and the outspoken anti-German industrialist Adolphe Clément-Bayard, who lived at the Domaine du Bois d'Aucourt, entrusted its upkeep to him. From then on, he devoted himself entirely to painting.
After the suicide of his son Rembrandt in 1916, Bugatti, then 60, diminished his activity but his influence remain strong.
In 1935, at the age of 79, he retired near his son Ettore's family in Alsace. He settled in a flat north of Château Saint-Jean, Dorlisheim, with his wife Teresa (who died shortly after), at the domain of promotion of Bugatti property of his son Ettore.
He spent his last months at his apartment at the Bugatti factory in Molsheim, where he frequented the workmen and the house of 'the Hardtmühle', living with Ettore and his family.
In April 1940, he died at the hospital in Molsheim. He is buried in the Bugatti family cemetery at Dorlisheim.
- Media related to Carlo Bugatti at Wikimedia Commons
- Bugatti.com Bio
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- Some examples of his furniture
- Bugatti Trust Bio