Exceptional Rare Museum/Collectors Modernist Art Deco Italian Armchair By Giacomo Cometti Circa 1928


A very rare museum piece by renowned Italian sculptor & decorative cabinet maker, Giacomo Cometti. This is one of Cometti’s finest Modernist Armchairs that featured in the Piccolo Teatro of Casa Gualino after he created the Piedmont pavilion at the Turin Exposition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. This exceptional collectors/museum piece by Giacomo Cometti (October 23, 1863, Turin–January 1, 1938, Turin) is one of 5 known surviving models & the only surviving model that features the original thistle upholstery/fabric. Giacomo Cometti particularly liked the Liberty style. He received the sculpture award in the Antwerp Exhibition (1894), a medal for his work as a cabinetmaker for panels designed by Bistolfi in Paris (1900), and an honorary diploma at the International Decorative Arts Exhibition in Turin (1902). From this moment on, Cometti dedicated himself to the design and execution of furniture and furnishings, which were distinguished by their craftsmanship, sculptural carvings, and interlocking ligatures.

From 1902 Cometti dedicated himself to the design and making of furniture and furnishings, sometimes with sculptural carvings. He was heavily influenced by C R Mackintosh and Henry Van De Velde, which is clear in this beautiful piece of statement furniture. The design and curves on this Cuban mahogany interlocking frame have to be seen to be appreciated. We love this iconic design rarity.

Full height 118cm x full width 56cm x full depth 59cm x seat height 40cm. 

As a genuine antique/vintage item there is wear and use commensurate with age. Some wooden products may have signs of historic woodworm. As a precaution we apply a clear triple action woodworm treatment that also kills wet rot, dry rot and woodworm. Please look at all the images carefully and ask any questions pre purchase as we do not unfortunately offer refunds due to the size and shipping costs of our antiques/items.  All our items are available on line at Search & Rescued and other online stores.