Artist Carlo Bugatti, Italian, 1856-1940
  • Rocker
  • Rocker (G Chair) (alternate title)
Date ca. 1903
Medium Vellum-covered beechwood with paint, colored pencil, and varnish
Dimensions Overall: 35 × 16 1/4 × 21 inches (88.9 × 41.3 × 53.3 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, John and Ella Imerman 20th Century American and European Decorative Arts Fund, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts General Fund, 20th-Century Decorative Arts and Design Fund, Joseph H. Parsons Fund, and Ralph Harman Booth Bequest Fund
Accession Number 1992.211
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View Modern N2BB, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed, in script inside right leg: Bugatti
probably (estate of Carlo Bugatti, Versailles, France);
Felix Marcilhac (Paris, France);
(Macklowe Gallery, New York, New York, USA);
(Donald Morris Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan, USA);
1992-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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